Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Dreamcast

Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  3. It's unfortunate that a few things like a more intuitive training level and a lock-on button prevent "Ecco" from greatness.
  4. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  5. CheckOut
    70
    A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    70
    A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  7. Dreamcast HQ
    70
    And while the game itself is straightforward in gameplay, the difficulty of the puzzles are almost outrageous.

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#2 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 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.