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Ecco: The Tides of Time (SEGA CD)

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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.

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Ecco: The Tides of Time SEGA CD A Scene from Ecco 1 in the form of an FMV
Ecco: The Tides of Time SEGA CD Traveling Through the Rings
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 CD Title Screen

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

Consoles Plus Mar, 1995 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Sega-16.com Mar 04, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Feb, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76

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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)
Kartanym (10772) added Ecco: The Tides of Time (SEGA CD) on Sep 25, 2002
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