Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  2. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  3. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  4. It's absorbing, beautiful, plays well, and will provide many, many hours of adventuring.
  5. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  6. If there was one thing that I had to moan about, it would be the story which involves Humans and Dolphins travelling outer space in little bubbles, until an evil alien species invades the earth and it's up to Ecco to save the day whilst the rest our up in space...
  7. The best-looking game I have seen in a long while and it combines that with a great main character, an engaging story and fabulous locations.
  8. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  9. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  10. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  11. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.
  12. With only a few camera issues to stomach and a raised eyebrow given to the level of difficulty (especially in later stages), Ecco's 25+ stages of fluid, gorgeous gameplay show it has the brawn to back up its beauty.
  13. A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  14. From the first instant that this GD-ROM starts spinning until the final level is finished, Ecco's gorgeous graphics, amazing soundtrack, and unique premise will captivate players.
  15. Hardcore gamers should absolutely love this game because of the challenge it presents, but regular gamers like myself might have a bit of trouble swallowing the frustrating gameplay.
  16. 92
    The audio is wonderful and matches the graphics, though the storyline is fairly pointless, and there's a certain childlike quality to it that could annoy but was fine with me.
  17. It's unfortunate that a few things like a more intuitive training level and a lock-on button prevent "Ecco" from greatness.
  18. "Defender of the Future," like a fine wine, should be savored; not slammed for the quick buzz it might provide. Buy it.
  19. It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  20. If you persist and have the time to learn Ecco's massive levels, however, you'll find it immensely rewarding, especially once you reach Atlantis itself.
  21. From the moment the title screens blinks on your television, to the time you finally force yourself to slap your dorsal fin on the "off" switch, you're bombarded with brilliance and visual splendor the likes we've haven't seen in ages.
  22. A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  23. Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  24. And while the game itself is straightforward in gameplay, the difficulty of the puzzles are almost outrageous.
  25. 89
    There's still much to do, and with some patience and an appreciation of exploration, "Ecco the Dolphin" can end up more fun than a barrel of sea monkeys.
  26. If you like solving riddles and whatnot, "Ecco" can be a very enjoyable experience. If you don't, then you may want to simply give the game a rent and see what you think of it.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. StephanieS.
    May 18, 2002
    10
    How the hell would a great game like this get rated so badly!!?? Well, the controls could be better my ass, your a dolphin. HELLO!!!! I mean, How the hell would a great game like this get rated so badly!!?? Well, the controls could be better my ass, your a dolphin. HELLO!!!! I mean, any game that you con be and control a dolphin has to be damn good. You can do flips out of the water!! Holy SH*T!!! Full Review »
  2. AndreaF.
    May 7, 2002
    7
    This game has outstanding graphics and sound, along with imaginative puzzles and unique ideas. However, the camera angles trip you up and the This game has outstanding graphics and sound, along with imaginative puzzles and unique ideas. However, the camera angles trip you up and the control is somewhat off. Also it is not very difficult to finish. Full Review »
  3. PhilS.
    Oct 5, 2001
    8
    The game could be more clear about what you are suposed to do to get to the next level.