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Success at Dolphin Olympics 2: The Ultimate Strategy Guide


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If you are looking at this page, you have probably already played Dolphin Olympics 2. If not, this game created by Alex Rawkins, will soon become one of your favorite leisure activities while sitting at your computer. You can play the game by clicking on this link or if you have facebook by getting the Dolphin Olympics 2 application which keeps track of your high scores. Play around a little and once you get the hang of it, come back to learn how to get a truly high score.

Depending on your experience and skill level, you may not yet be ready to follow my instructions for a 230 million point run. If you find yourself having trouble following the instructions for a high score, familiarize yourself with and practice the techniques presented in this section. Load a game of Dolphin Olympics - read the game instructions, they are surprisingly helpful - and start playing around. Pay special attention to your landings. A nice method to ensure you enter the water properly is to align your dolphin with the bubbles trailing its tail. You want to enter the water at the same angle as the direction that you are moving. Not only will a good entry give you credit for the trick "Nice Entry," but also will continue your points accumulating within one combo. In Dolphin Olympics 2, the points you receive for a combo is determined by the product of the cumulative point value of all the tricks and a multiplier that increases with the number of tricks you complete. Your final score is the sum of all these combos. It is most advantageous to have large combos (a skilled player's round will consist of only one combo). A "Nice Entry" will continue your combo, unless you stay under water for too long. It is important to never delay under water. You should either be entering or exiting at all times; there is no benefit to spending extra time submerged. After you learn how to control the dolphin, practice completing the tricks listed below, although some like achieving the diner will take days of work.

  • Nice Entry (50 Points)
  • Corkscrew (150 Points)
  • Schooled (150 Points)
  • Extension (250 Points)
  • Reversal (300 Points)
  • Back Flip (500 Points)
  • Front Flip (500 Points)
  • Wraparound (600 Points)
  • Backside Rewind (750 Points)
  • Frontside Rewind (750 Points)
  • Firecracker! (1,000 Points)
  • Carnival (1,500 Points)
  • Starslide
  • Tailslide
  • Apollo 18! (2,500 Points)
  • Mission to Mars! (5,000 Points)
  • Nebulous! (10,000 Points)
  • School's Out! (15,000 Points)
  • Wandering Star! (20,000 Points)
  • Ringer! (50,000 Points)
  • Passing Gas! (250,000 Points)
  • Wizard's Eye! (500,000 Points)
  • New Horizons! (750,000 Points)
  • So long and thanks for all the flips! (1,000,000 Points)

The increase in your multiplier for a trick is equal to 1 divided by the number of times that trick has been done. For example, the first nice entry you do will increase your multiplier by 1 and the second will increase your multiplier by 0.5.

Highscore: Early Game Play

The next few sections go over the best techniques for getting a high score. This part will concentrate on game play early in the game, where building your multiplier is crucial. The video on the side shows a good combination of tricks to begin with. You want to do at least two Carnivals, Wraparounds, and Reversals as these tricks are impossible when you have built up more speed. A good rule of thumb to gauge your performance is that by 10 seconds into the game your multiplier should be 10 and by 30 seconds your multiplier should be 20. Many players (even good ones) fail to achieve a good early game multiplier losing them up to 20 million points.

Advanced Topics in Early Game Play:

If you desire to master the Carnival, you will have to learn to regulate your flipping speed with corkskews. When you corkskew and flip at the same time, the rate at which you are flipping decreases. With this in mind, while flipping in the air you can corkskrew to adjust your flipping speed to set up a Nice Entry and successful corkskrew. Sometimes you try a Wraparound and halfway through realize you are too deep to surface. You abort and jump out of the water only to find that your combo has reset. To prevent your combo from resetting, you can press the down arrow, tailslide, jump out of it with only a slight loss of speed.

Highscore: Mid Game Play

The mid game is all about gaining speed. Unlike during early game play, you will not be trying to get Carnivals, Wraparounds, and Reversals. Instead your tricks should consist of Schooled (don't go out of your way to school), Flips, Rewinds (not too many), Firecrackers! (it is better to stay low), and Extensions. Extensions are of critical importance because they increase your speed, multiplier, and game clock. By exiting the water at a shallow water and not going much higher than the clouds, you can maximize your probability of hitting extensions.

Reaching the Diner


Highscore: Late Game Play

Video and explanation coming soon. My highscore is 273 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The highscores on the Facebook application and DO2 website are in the 2.147 billions. How are scores like this possible? What is the real highscore?

A: The highest documented score is 233 million. Videos exist of 245 and 293 million point runs, but these videos do not rule out cheating. The technique these players use is the same (differ in whether you go to Pluto or try to get another jump in) technique that this website teaches. The consensus on most internet sites is that 2.147 billion scores are products of cheating; it is possible to freeze time and speed up the dolphin. Due to the way the game stores scores, the highest possible score is 2,147,483,647 (2^31 - 1). If you exceed this score, you will end up with a huge negative number for all your hard work.

Another explanation for the high scores is the endless starslide approach, however, cheating was likely involved in building up enough speed. One last explanation is explained (poorly) by the below post which appeared on a Facebook group. I have been unable to replicate this technique.

"Oh and if anybody wants to know the secret: start with 10ish schooled then do flips till you can star ride, then jump to where you just get high enough to star ride for maximum speed on the ride. just keep doing that for 1mil x multiplier per ride."

Q: In the sample videos posted on this site and on many videos on youtube, the gameclock is moving very slowly. Is this cheating?

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A: No, this is not cheating. Although the gameclock is moving slower than realtime, the dolphin is also moving slower. The relative time it takes to complete a trick is still the same. Having a slower game clock can be beneficial to the player since, it makes it easier to control the dolphin, especially at high speeds. If you are descending from pluto and hope to get another jump in, it is almost impossible not to hit the bottom, unless your gameclock is running slowly. On this site, the videos have been slowed down, so the observer can catch all the tricks and methods that are being employed. The game tends to run slower on computers will less powerful processors. One trick to decrease the gamespeed is to set your computer to powersave mode, which in turn slows down the processor.

Q: Why is the gameclock increases by one second at weird times? Is this cheating?

A: No this is not cheating. When you hit an extension the gameclock increases by one. This does not apply if you have zero seconds left.

Q: What is beyond the diner?

A: As far as anyone knows, there are no starslides or other landmarks beyond the diner.

Q: Is it possible to complete every trick in one round?

A: Yes. The difficultly lies in School's Out! Every other trick is naturally done in a good round. I have posted a video in which I did every trick. As far as I can tell, I am the only player to have occomplished this feat!

For Mathematical Cheaters

For those who like to freeze time, you can use this algorithm to make sure you don't go over the maximum score. First, you must download R. After installing, open up the GUI and follow the instructions below.

#Copy the whole function into R and hit return

do2<- function(score){

max<- 2^31-1

if (score <= 2147000000)

mult<- c(1:6,8,10,12,seq(15,85,by=5))

else if (score > 2147000000 & score < 2147400000 )

mult<- c(1:15,17,20,22,25,30,35,40,45)


mult<- c(1:20,22,25)



formatC(points,format="d",big.mark = ","))) }

#Example: Type your score into the function and hit return

> do2(2129384806)


DOLPHIN BEAST on November 15, 2011:

You're all rather horrible at this game.

hus10 on July 02, 2011:

how to get the restaurant

Lady!!! on February 11, 2011:

haha i just did that thing where it copies ur dolphin and it was awesome! you just need to press down and flip each time ur in the air(the whole time). Now my high score is like 5 million no joke i rock

jessica on January 17, 2011:

to get schools out every time, start a game. get as many fish to follow u as u can. (don't jump out of the water and try to stay clear of extensions cuz going to fast can make u lose fish) as you are swimming and collecting fish, look for extensions that are close to the surface. when you have a lot of fish, restart the game and immediately jump out of the water. u should get a schools out or close to it (the reason u should look for extensions is that if u restart next to an extension, it will still be there, after u restart)

Fernando on January 06, 2011:

SnowMage is an embarassment to the DO2 community.

SnowMage on January 01, 2011:

my higest is been only 12 million :( i love this game but its hard to iget nice entry all the time or not to stay in water to long or not to hit botom ...

Adriano on December 18, 2010:

My top score is 330 million and I wasn't cheating. It was a very good try. I was in Uranus with 1:10 left, thanks to extensions. I was able to do 3 more jumps, to Neptune, Pluto and the final jump. Was beautiful. You probably won't belive.

It was the highest score at the time. I spend a month trying to beat this british guy, who had 310 millions.

I had 5 of the 10 top scores at the time, it's a shame that the times are corrupted.

Alex!!! on December 14, 2010:

My top score is 221 million, everytime i'm the one that has the highest speed, the longest jump but i never (or rarely) get the best score!! I'd like to know why?! And how to do otherwise. Btw to make such a score i've achieved THE thing: the double diner.

R Lew on December 06, 2010:

um I've gotten every trick in a round. got it on first try trying to do it. really not that hard

alas, my high score is only 179mil. with the round with every trick i got only around 150mil

haha your face on October 25, 2010:

cindy, you're weird.

Becksi14 on October 10, 2010:

Carnival is when you jump out of the water doing front or back flips continuously to the point at which you enter the water again with a Nice Entry.

My highest score is 5,833,628. The furthest I'e ever gone to is Jupiter. However, I don't get how you can enter the water and jump straight back out again when you've just come down from Jupiter, further or even from a super-fast starslide. I mean, it's too fast and I can never get higher because I keep hitting the sand. Hard.

J Styles on October 02, 2010:

I don't know why you don't maximize your score by getting the schools out bonus set up in the round before your real one one.If you get about 20 fish to follow you in a previous game, then pause and restart the game, when you leave the water at the start of the real game (whether or not any fish are following you) you get a 15-20x schooled and the schools out bonuses while only wasting about 3 seconds, that what ive used to get my high score of 193,000,000

Z mley on September 16, 2010:

my friend jeffrey Todd nail has successfully made it to the diner....this feat itself is not that extraordinary by itself but.....HE WAS ABLE TO SAFE THE DOLPHIN FROM HITTING THE BOTTOM AND CONTINUE ON TO GO THE DINER FOR FRIES AND A SHAKE!!!!!

Emily L. on September 10, 2010:

my highest score is like 108,589 and when i go in the water it won't let me complete the set!!! explain to me how to get so good please!!!!!!

MEEEEE on September 01, 2010:


holly is ugly on June 06, 2010:

i like this game but i only got 5 million points in it how can i get 200 million points

fakename on May 26, 2010:

your comments seem fake, as in someone mass commented lol like me

Chris Fisher on May 17, 2010:

My school is obsessed with the game. I recently set the school high score with 278 mil. Great website!

sonic on April 14, 2010:

I think I have really inproved.

but I just don't get how you get to the diner

how can I.

Hofus on March 18, 2010:

i suck at dis game

Alex on January 05, 2010:

yo, I don't get how you do a carnival?

This is the bit I'm kinda stumbling on...

chummbaa! on October 22, 2009:

hey garry and kerry, if your reading this your a geeban

chummba gets out of the water like every 3 time now cause he is getting better,

i got a 280 mill point run yesterday and i got to the dolphin aquarium....

taylor house are bad at DO2 and tim and xander kick ass.


Qwerty333 on September 07, 2009:

How do you get so good??? My top score is only 2,284,427

In free swim I've only gotten to the Nebula and in the real game I haven't gotten very far past Mars. :(

Qwerty333 on September 07, 2009:

How do you get so good??? My top score is only 2,284,427

In free swim I've only gotten to the Nebula and in the real game I haven't gotten very far past Mars. :(

BUWBGFP on September 06, 2009:

I play for HSDF and there is no sutch thing as a dolphin jumping pass the sun


Elliot on August 30, 2009:

My highest is only 62 million and i haven't yet made it to the diner but i hope to soon. thanks for the advice

Lim on July 12, 2009:

Hi! I'm from Korea. Thank you for your great and nice advice! My best score is 168 million, but after this time, I feel that I can surpass 200 million soon. haha :)

EkriuM on June 02, 2009:

Could you PLEASE post your late game video soon? -.- It's been a while now

EkriuM on June 02, 2009:

Could you PLEASE post your late game video soon? -.- It's been a while now

charles on May 27, 2009:

i need advice for reaching the moon

skylar rundle on May 18, 2009:

if any1 has the balls to play me in dolphin olympics 2 bring it on ill be ready.

Branden on April 12, 2009:

how high

up is the diner

Melissa on March 01, 2009:

You are seriously awesome. I found this game while in class a couple weeks ago and I've only been able to make it up to jupiter and 9 million. :)

bob on February 03, 2009:

how did you know What the maximum score is and how do you know how the game stores scores

Emily on January 09, 2009:

when i played i only got to mars because my dolphin had to much force going into the water and hit the bottom of the ocean, how ami supposed to get him right out of the water when im going that fast?

Vincent on October 15, 2008:

To achieve schools out in the simplest way, begin by ending the previous turn with just collecting fish. Then restart and listen to the sweet sound of the bell in your first jump. :)

Kyle on September 17, 2008:

Good article, it really touches on many of the tricks to get above 200 million. I had a competition for a solid month where all I did was play dolphin olympics... one night I got 269 million after consistently getting between 200-210 million... What happened I was stuck on a star slide, and couldn't get off, it kept throwing me to the next one, and I picked up such speed. I have not been able to duplicate this, but it was legitimate and I did not cheat in any way, I am not that smart.

Cindy Snyder on April 24, 2008:

You're a really hott guy with really great advice! I'll be sure to use this great hub page to make my score even higher. Maybe we could even get together for a *private* personal tutorial sometimeee ;-)

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