Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  2. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  3. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  4. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  5. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  6. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  7. It's absorbing, beautiful, plays well, and will provide many, many hours of adventuring.
  8. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  9. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  15. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  16. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  17. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  18. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  19. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  20. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.
  21. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  25. A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
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.