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. 70
    A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  2. 77
    It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  3. 91
    It's absorbing, beautiful, plays well, and will provide many, many hours of adventuring.
  4. Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  5. Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  6. It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  7. A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  8. A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  9. A beautiful game that comes close to "classic" status, but doesn't quite deliver.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. It's unfortunate that a few things like a more intuitive training level and a lock-on button prevent "Ecco" from greatness.
  17. It's unfortunate that a few things like a more intuitive training level and a lock-on button prevent "Ecco" from greatness.
  18. And while the game itself is straightforward in gameplay, the difficulty of the puzzles are almost outrageous.
  19. And while the game itself is straightforward in gameplay, the difficulty of the puzzles are almost outrageous.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  25. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  26. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  27. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  28. "Defender of the Future," like a fine wine, should be savored; not slammed for the quick buzz it might provide. Buy it.
  29. "Defender of the Future," like a fine wine, should be savored; not slammed for the quick buzz it might provide. Buy it.
  30. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  31. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.
  32. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  33. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  34. It's absorbing, beautiful, plays well, and will provide many, many hours of adventuring.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.
  38. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.
  39. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  40. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  41. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  42. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  43. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  44. Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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...
  52. 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...

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