Saturday 26 November 2022

Ecco the Dolphin (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Novotrade International
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1992

Ecco the Dolphin is an action-adventure game that was later released on the Sega CD in 1993.

+ The need to breathe oxygen by swimming out of the water adds a cool survival element that deepens the gameplay.

+ Graphically, the game is top-notch with amazing water / weather effects and smooth animation.

- While the password system is helpful, the action is brutally difficult and often rage-inducing in its unfair enemy placement.

- The clues are often too cryptic and you'll be wandering aimlessly unless you check the map every two seconds.

- Missions repeat the same objectives ad nauseum and the constant backtracking quickly grows tiresome.

- Hard to recommend this version over the superior Sega CD port that features extra levels and improved music. 

- The controls are sloppy (especially when attempting to attack) and the collision detection is inconsistent.

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