Ecco the Dolphin (or, simply, Ecco) is an action-adventure game developed by Ed Annunziata and the Hungarian company Novotrade.
Ecco the Dolphin (or, simply, Ecco) is an action-adventure game developed by Ed Annunziata and the Hungarian company Novotrade. It was released in 1992 as a Sega Genesis (aka Mega Drive) exclusive, but over time it was ported to other platforms.
Annunziata got inspiration from the book Sounding, by Hank Searls, in which, like his creation, echolocation takes a fundamental role. The premise is quite simple: after they have been lost in a storm, the protagonist must rescue his fellow mammals from an unknown threat.
The video game has its limitations, such as the small variety of scenarios, but nothing that compromises the overall experience. On the other hand, it differs from its contemporaries with thanks to the unique gameplay, very well designed enemies, the creative way in which it presents its dialogues through images or the inclusion of sci-fi elements such as time travel. Likewise, one of the highest points is the music. With a base reminiscent of Pink Floyd immersed in an atmosphere with elements of the chillwave genre, it manages to generate a sensation that is somehow uncomfortable and full of peace at the same time.
Similarly, the musicalization would not be as effective if it was not accompanied by the graphics. The adventure has a modeling that fills with memories the neophyte player with a background similar to "Donkey Kong Country." By the same token, it has a color palette that immerses him in a sense of alertness that extends throughout the game.
Whether it's for melancholy purposes, the intention to experience its sophisticated atmosphere, or even to join in with the fashion of playing challenging games, Ecco the Dolphin is always a great excuse for a retro gaming session. Despite having gone unnoticed by many gamers, with constant rumors of a remake, one can expect this gem to have a second chance to shine.
Review by: Gustavo
Published: 21 March 2020 2:09 pm