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Dolphin (Atari 2600)

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Description

Dolphin is a side scrolling action game. You control a dolphin that is being chased by a giant sea squid. Your goal is to earn points by staying alive as long as possible. As you swim away from the squid, you will encounter schools of sea horses which form a vertical row on the screen with only a small opening to swim through. As you approach each school, the dolphins sonar will help you locate the opening; a low pitched sound will indicate the opening is near the bottom of the screen, and a higher pitched sound indicates the opening is near the top. If you miss the opening, the dolphin will lose speed allowing the squid to catch up to you! From time to time, a seagull may fly overhead; if you jump out of the water and touch the seagull, your dolphin will temporarily be able to chase the squid. Throughout the ocean are waves which are indicated by arrows; an arrow pointing the same direction you are travelling will boost the dolphins speed, whereas an arrow pointing the opposite direction slows you down. The longer you stay alive, the faster and trickier the squid will become! The game ends when all of your dolphins have been caught by the squid.

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Dolphin Atari 2600 The game demo screen
Dolphin Atari 2600 The squid is closing in...
Dolphin Atari 2600 Running from the squid...
Dolphin Atari 2600 Watch out for the column of sea horses

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The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Atari HQ 2002 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Jun 16, 2001 C 50

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Trivia

High score reward

Activision used to reward players by sending them a fabric patch if sent them proof that player achieved a certain high score on the game (ie. a photograph of the high score). In this case: 80,000 points (Friends of the Dolphin).

If your score went high enough (Activision only says it is less that 500,00) then the score will be replaced by a secret word. Send a picture of the screen with the secret word on it to Activision and you could get a "Secret Society of Dolphins" patch.

Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold
Servo (55922) added Dolphin (Atari 2600) on Dec 30, 2003