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Ecco: The Tides of Time

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA Master System
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4.0
Genesis
80
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Description

The followup to Ecco the Dolphin, in which Ecco successfully destroyed the Vortex. Unfortunately, it turns out that the Vortex Queen followed it to the Earth and eventually destroyed the Asterite. All the world's oceans are threatened, and actually already doomed.

In order to restore the Asterite and finally defeat the Vortex Queen, Ecco will have to confront once again the tides of time, which have split into two possible futures, the regular one and the dark one dominated by the Vortex Queen.

Ecco: The Tides of Time features even better graphics than its predecessor, and introduces a new gameplay mode in which the camera follows the dolphin from behind instead of from the side.

Screenshots

Ecco: The Tides of Time SEGA CD Beyond the soundtrack, the main difference with the CD version was the inclusion of FMVs.
Ecco: The Tides of Time SEGA Master System Title screen
Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear Shoot sonar at Dolphin and
Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Jumping high

Alternate Titles

  • "Ecco the Dolphin II" -- Japanese title
  • "Ecco: Les marées du temps" -- French MegaDrive title
  • "Ecco II: The Tides of Time" -- Genesis in-game title
  • "エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
GameFan Magazine Genesis Nov, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA CD Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
neXGam Game Gear 2002 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Game Gear Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7.3 out of 10 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Jan, 1995 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpot Wii Sep 13, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

Cover

The cover art, entitled Ecco II, was painted by Boris Vallejo, who also contributed to the cover of Ecco the Dolphin, this game's predecessor.

SEGA CD Version

The SEGA CD version features a CD-quality digital soundtrack different from the original cartridge game, and full-motion videos.

Awards

  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best Sega CD Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Big John WV and irelandgamer94.

Related Web Sites

  • DARK SEA : The Ultimate Ecco the Dolphin Resource (The best resource on the net for Ecco the Dolphin game information, multimedia, information on the games' development from the creators themselves, and full documentation of the Ecco 2: Tides of Time prototype version.)
  • Ecco 2 Alpha (An interesting analysis of the Ecco 2 Alpha)
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