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Ecco the Dolphin (Game Gear)

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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 Hint
Ecco the Dolphin Game Gear A weird crab
Ecco the Dolphin Game Gear it gives you hints
Ecco the Dolphin Game Gear Jumping out the water

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Player One Dec, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Sega Force Nov 04, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Oct, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Defunct Games Oct 30, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
neXGam 2002 8 out of 10 80
Gamers (Germany) Feb, 1994 B 75


Topic # Posts Last Post
win 3.x compatible 5 Terok Nor (19005)
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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yprbest (100) added Ecco the Dolphin (Game Gear) on Jul 18, 2003
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