Ecco: The Tides of Time

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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.


Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear Swimming with the fishes
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 Leaping out of the water.
Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear Rocks a plenty

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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Critic Reviews Genesis Sep 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameFan Magazine Genesis Nov, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Video Games SEGA CD Mar, 1995 76 out of 100 76
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 02, 2000 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7.3 out of 10 73 Genesis Nov, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
Nintendo Life Wii Jul 03, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Jan, 1995 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Players Genesis Jan, 1995 60 out of 100 60


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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.


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    • 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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