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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 Genesis Beautiful sky
Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Title screen
Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Talking to a friendly dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Colored fishes

Promo Images

Ecco: The Tides of Time Screenshot
Ecco: The Tides of Time Screenshot
Ecco: The Tides of Time Screenshot
Ecco: The Tides of Time Screenshot

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 Aug, 2004 10 out of 10 100
GameFan Magazine Nov, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Score Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85 Oct 09, 2016 17 out of 20 85
Play Time Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Sep 02, 2000 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1994 7.3 out of 10 73 Nov, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72


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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)
Cochonou (1096) added Ecco: The Tides of Time (Genesis) on Jun 10, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (12825), festershinetop (9641), gamewarrior (5113), lights out 10000 (14161) and Игги Друге (46464)