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Ecco the Dolphin

Available Platform: Genesis

Ecco the Dolphin (or, simply, Ecco) is an action-adventure game developed by Ed Annunziata and the Hungarian company Novotrade.


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DeveloperNovotrade Software
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated15 March 2020

Game Review

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 it was ported to other platforms over time.

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: the protagonist must rescue his fellow mammals from an unknown threat after they have been lost in a storm.

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 thanks to the unique gameplay, well-designed enemies, the creative way 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 aspects of the chillwave genre, it generates a simultaneously uncomfortable sensation and is full of peace.

Similarly, the musicalization would not be as effective if the graphics did not accompany it. The adventure has a model that fills with memories of the neophyte player with a background similar to "Donkey Kong Country." By the same token, it has a color palette that immerses him in the 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

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