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Ecco the Dolphin

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Description

Travel through time along with Ecco the dolphin, in the only game that could call itself a "dolphin simulator". Indeed, you can do pretty much everything a typical dolphin does, including eating fish, surfacing in order to breathe, using your biological sonar and of course, jumping out of the water to amaze your friends.

The storyline is actually deeper that one may think by looking at the box illustration. As Ecco, you are the only dolphin who managed to escape from a giant whirlpool which sucked down your entire pod. The five shining stars on your forehead show that you are the chosen one to save them. But that task will be not be an easy one, as you will have to travel through time and space with the Atlantean time machine, and meet the mystical Asterite in order to defeat the Vortex Queen.

Screenshots

Ecco the Dolphin SEGA Master System Title Screen
Ecco the Dolphin Game Gear it gives you hints
Ecco the Dolphin Genesis You have to be careful in cave areas, since your oxygen is limited.
Ecco the Dolphin SEGA Master System Underground world #2

Alternate Titles

  • "Ecco" -- In-game title
  • "エコー・ザ・ドルフィン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Most Beautiful Game Music Ever Created. SEGA CD Guy Chapman (1745)
Solitude... Genesis J. G. (7)
Make use of Cheat Codes! Genesis Laura Rosenberger (7)
Cult Classic SEGA CD ETJB (447)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus Game Gear Oct, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Pixel-Heroes.de Windows 3.x Aug, 2007 9 out of 10 90
1UP! Genesis May 22, 2009 89 out of 100 89
neXGam Game Gear 2002 8 out of 10 80
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Feb, 1994 B 75
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 29, 2006 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Feb, 1996 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Xbox 360 Aug 20, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Mag'64 Wii Dec 23, 2010 5.5 out of 10 55
High Score Windows 3.x Jul, 1996 2 out of 5 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
win 3.x compatible 5 Terok Nor (18323)
Jul 28, 2014
Favorite level music from Ecco the Dolphin 1 Johnny de Alba
Aug 29, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Ecco the Dolphin appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cut content

There are two spots high above water along the left and right walls of Origin Beach where there were once glyphs (Or some creature) that was removed from the game. However if you use your sonar against those walls you still get messages from them.

The left one says:

"We hear song in the ocean!"

"We hear our kind in the sea!"

"Never have we heard songs in the sea!"

The right one says:

"You sing our song under the waves - who are you?"

"Could we sing in the sea? Could we live in the sea?"

"Perhaps we will try!"



Ed Annunziata explained that this was the answer to the question Ecco was asked in Home Bay "Why do Dolphins live in the sea?"

Ecco was supposed to be talking to his prehistoric ancestors and convincing them to join him in the deep! Unfortunately they were removed to time constraints.

Awards

  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #100 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
Information also contributed by Big John WV

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