Ecco the Dolphin

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This page is for the original release. For the emulated re-release, see Ecco the Dolphin (2010).

Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco the Dolphin cover
Developers
Novotrade International
Publishers
Sega
Release dates
Windows 3.x December 13, 1996[citation needed]
Windows December 13, 1996
Ecco the Dolphin guide on StrategyWiki
Ecco the Dolphin on MobyGames
Ecco the Dolphin on Wikipedia
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco the Dolphin 1996
Ecco the Dolphin (2010) 2010
Ecco: The Tides of Time 2010
Ecco Jr. 2010

Key points

Features improved graphics over other versions, redbook audio soundtrack from the Sega CD version, FMV sequences from Ecco the Dolphin: Tides of Time, new levels, selectable difficulty settings, and a save feature.
Runs badly on newer systems.
A fan port for modern Windows operating systems exists. See Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition.

General information

Caverns of Hope - An Ecco the Dolphin fansite for the series
The Ecco the Dolphin - A wiki for the series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Use Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition to run without the CD.
Windows
This version is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition[edit]

Game path must not exceed 128 characters.[1]
A fan-made port of the game that features:
  • An easy-to-use launcher GUI to change settings for the game.
  • Compatibility for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows from Vista though 10.
  • Windowed and fullscreen modes.
  • Music playback for the game from audio files (MP3, WAV, OGG, and more).
  • Fully portability; removes CD check and all save and configuration files are stored under <path-to-game>.
Install Fixed and Enhanced Edition[2]
  1. Download the fan-made port here.
  2. Launch the game using either Ecco PC Launcher.exe (opens settings) or Ecco PC Launcher (No GUI).exe (jumps straight into the game window).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %WINDIR%\[Note 1]
Fixed and Enhanced Edition changes this location to <path-to-game>.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dol32nt.stg[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Fixed and Enhanced Edition only has a Music volume slider.
Surround sound
Subtitles
The entire game is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
European version-only
German
European version-only
Japanese
Japanese version-only
Spanish
European version-only

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 1 Windows 95 version comes pre-packaged with DirectX 1.0 setup
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.

System requirements[edit]

Windows 3.x
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, 256 colors
Sound (audio device) Sound Blaster 16
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, 256 colors
Sound (audio device) Sound Blaster 16

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References

  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-12-02
    Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition manual, page 8
  2. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-12-02