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Incorporating third-person exploration and adventure elements in 3D underwater settings, Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future was created from the science fiction writings of David Brin. Spanning alternate futures and realities, players will seek out the aquatic mammals' stolen abilities and save the dying, polluted world in which humans and dolphins once lived. With realistic underwater fauna, flora, and underwater creatures inhabiting each world (rendered from actual National Geographic photographs), the settings involve the destruction of enemy forces and puzzle solving.
Before getting wrapped up in saving the world, you must navigate intricate mazes and complex underwater structures. Players will generally find various items usable in certain locations; once used in the correct areas, certain events will unfold and new portions of the world will become navigational.
Additionally, Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future features AI programming for various animal behaviors, interaction with other critters, and communication purposes. The developers have also used dynamic lighting effects realistic to underwater settings and an ambient soundtrack reflecting the aquatic world. Will you put a stop to the vile nemesis' plans for destruction and close the rift between humans and dolphins? The future is in your hands...or is that fins? ~ Matthew House, All Game Guide