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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 SEGA Master System Title screen
Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear More scenery above surface than before
Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear Rocks a plenty
Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Intro

Promo Images

Ecco: The Tides of Time Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
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

Consoles Plus SEGA CD Mar, 1995 92 out of 100 92 Genesis Sep 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameFan Magazine Genesis Nov, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Score Genesis Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun SEGA CD Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 38 out of 50 76 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 (UK) Wii Jul 07, 2007 6 out of 10 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.


  • 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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