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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 Game Gear Rocks a plenty
Ecco: The Tides of Time Game Gear Shoot sonar at Dolphin and
Ecco: The Tides of Time SEGA CD Title Screen

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 Genesis Aug, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Game Players SEGA CD Feb, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Video Games SEGA CD Mar, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 29 out of 40 72
Mega Fun Game Gear Dec, 1994 66 out of 100 66
Play Time Game Gear Jan, 1995 64 out of 100 64 (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.


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    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best Sega CD Action/Adventure Game of the Year
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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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