Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Image
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Plunge into the tropical waters of the Isle of Tranquility. As Ecco, an anergetic young dolphin you will explore mysterious locations that span four alternate timelines. Seek the majestic city of Atlantis, monument to the civilisation built by humans and dolphins. Encounter sea creatures andPlunge into the tropical waters of the Isle of Tranquility. As Ecco, an anergetic young dolphin you will explore mysterious locations that span four alternate timelines. Seek the majestic city of Atlantis, monument to the civilisation built by humans and dolphins. Encounter sea creatures and come face to face with alien forces as you seek to defend the Earth and history itself! Expand
Buy On

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Movie 5
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Daily Radar
    100
    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.
  2. Game Fan
    98
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. AllDreamcast
    82
    Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  5. Antagonist
    77
    It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  6. CheckOut
    70
    A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  7. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.

See all 26 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Joe
    Aug 21, 2001
    10
    Every bit as good as the old version.
  2. 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!!! Expand
  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.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2017
    6
    I have to parrot the others here. The game is beautiful. The puzzles are creative and the overall experience leaves you satisfied. But theI have to parrot the others here. The game is beautiful. The puzzles are creative and the overall experience leaves you satisfied. But the camera and controls just never feel right. You never fully feel in control because Ecco moves incredibly fast and the camera is right on him, making it hard to see where you're actually going. Making turns is also pretty rough while trying to keep your bearings. It's very tough to navigate combat, speed, and movement all at the same time.

    More importantly, the gameplay can be both tedious and downright confusing. So many times you'll be wondering what the hell to do next, and when you figure it out you'll be pissed off that they didn't even give you a clue to help you out...
    Expand
  6. Jen
    Jun 26, 2001
    5
    Although the graphics are wonderful, the gameplay itself isn't really that impressive. The camera angles are bad and the handling could Although the graphics are wonderful, the gameplay itself isn't really that impressive. The camera angles are bad and the handling could have been better. Expand

Awards & Rankings

20
16
#16 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
3
#3 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000