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Ecco the Dolphin

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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.


Ecco the Dolphin Game Gear Charge at fish for food
Ecco the Dolphin Windows 3.x Dual jumping
Ecco the Dolphin Windows 3.x Title screen
Ecco the Dolphin SEGA CD Crystals tell you mission goals.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says Genesis Mar 11, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Consoles Plus SEGA Master System Aug, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun Game Gear Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Edge SEGA CD Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania Windows 3.x 1996 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Game Gear Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Feb, 1994 B 75
GameSpot Xbox 360 Aug 20, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
High Score Windows 3.x Jul, 1996 2 out of 5 40 (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 20, 2007 3 out of 10 30


Topic # Posts Last Post
win 3.x compatible 5 Terok Nor (18919)
Jul 28, 2014
Favorite level music from Ecco the Dolphin 1 Johnny de Alba
Aug 29, 2008


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.


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