Ecco the Dolphin

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Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco the Dolphin cover
Novotrade International
Release dates
Windows December 13, 1996
Ecco the Dolphin guide at StrategyWiki
Ecco the Dolphin at Wikipedia
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco the Dolphin 1996
Ecco the Dolphin (2010) 2010
Ecco: The Tides of Time 2010
Ecco Jr. 2010

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

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
This version is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition[edit]

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 Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 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[citation needed]
  1. Download 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 path must not exceed 128 characters.[1]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
European version-only
European version-only
European version-only
Japanese version-only

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable
Only 16 and 32-bit executable are used for this game.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
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


  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).


  1. Ecco the Dolphin: Fixed and Enhanced Edition manual, page 8