History NightmareFuel / EccoTheDolphin

1st Aug '16 12:06:58 AM Delphi
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A game series where you play as a dolphin [[TemptingFate couldn't possibly be dark]], right? '''WRONG!''' The entire series is a claustrophobic, haunting experience. Do ''not'' let the fact that the protagonist is [[BadassAdorable an adorable dolphin]] fool you. [[http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4163/vortexqueenrf5.gif Seriously.]]

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A game series where you play as a dolphin [[TemptingFate couldn't possibly be dark]], right? '''WRONG!''' The entire series is a claustrophobic, haunting experience. Do ''not'' let the fact that the protagonist is [[BadassAdorable an adorable dolphin]] fool you. [[http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4163/vortexqueenrf5.gif Seriously.]]
Seriously, there's a reason why this game is a mainstay on "Games that scared you as a kid" threads all over the internet...
31st May '16 2:47:44 PM Nire
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** Even further into the game, you get ghostly white sharks with red eyes, strange aliens hiding in the dark roofs of caves, and in one level [[LivingShadow dolphin shadows that didn't belong to any dolphins]]. The latter is a bit of FridgeHorror, as you may not even notice them unless you're paying ''very'' close attention.

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** Even further into the game, you get ghostly white sharks with red eyes, strange aliens hiding in the dark roofs of caves, and in one level [[LivingShadow dolphin shadows that didn't don't belong to any dolphins]]. The latter is a bit of FridgeHorror, as you may not even notice them unless you're paying ''very'' close attention.


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* As related in [[http://web8.orcaserver.de/ecco/stories/articles/dotf_e3_demo.php this article]], an early build demo of DotF showed off several levels in varying stages of development. The very first one is nothing more than a vast, empty expanse of water, with the humpback whale and her baby from the intro stage and one lone, barely-visible shark. The whales are a comfort, but the [[NothingIsScarier vast nothingness of the ocean]] can be very unnerving.
** Speaking of vast nothingness, there are various ways to glitch the game and break out of the normal play boundaries, a number of which can plunk you right down into vast expanses of featureless, open water if you swim far enough. The easiest to access is in the Gallery, from the menu screen. Simply do a fast turn or swim backwards as soon as the level loads and you'll be outside, looking at just the bare-bones internal structure (since you're not meant to be able to see the outside of the building).
15th Feb '15 11:43:13 PM sparx1
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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... In the Genesis games, Ecco lets out a [[HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling scream]] whenever he takes damage... As if you needed more encouragment to not screw up.

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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this...this. In the Genesis games, Ecco lets out a [[HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling scream]] whenever he takes damage... As if you needed more encouragment to not screw up.
15th Feb '15 11:40:14 PM sparx1
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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... Whenever Ecco dies, he lets out a [[HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling, inhuman scream]] as soon as the screen goes dark. At least it gives some good motivation to stay alive!

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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... Whenever In the Genesis games, Ecco dies, he lets out a [[HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling, inhuman bone-chilling scream]] as soon as the screen goes dark. At least it gives some good motivation whenever he takes damage... As if you needed more encouragment to stay alive!not screw up.
15th Feb '15 11:33:36 PM sparx1
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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... Whenever Ecco dies, he lets out a [HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling, inhuman scream] as soon as the screen goes dark. At least it gives some good motivation to stay alive!

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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... Whenever Ecco dies, he lets out a [HellIsThatNoise [[HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling, inhuman scream] scream]] as soon as the screen goes dark. At least it gives some good motivation to stay alive!
15th Feb '15 11:32:06 PM sparx1
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* Even the hero of the game dishes out some of this... Whenever Ecco dies, he lets out a [HellIsThatNoise bone-chilling, inhuman scream] as soon as the screen goes dark. At least it gives some good motivation to stay alive!
30th Oct '14 12:38:09 PM boxorak
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** As an added bonus, right before this, you're told that [[spoiler: ''the Vortex Queen killed the [[BigGood Asterite]]'']]

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** As an added bonus, right before this, you're told that [[spoiler: ''the Vortex Queen killed the [[BigGood Asterite]]'']]Asterite]].'']]
30th Oct '14 12:37:43 PM boxorak
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** As an added bonus, right before this, you're told that [[spoiler: ''the Vortex Queen killed the [[BigGood Asterite]]'']]
23rd Jul '13 10:09:53 PM BearyScary
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* A common HONF element for the whole series: You spend 99% of the game underwater, and most of that time you do ''not'' have anything even remotely resembling SuperNotDrowningSkills. Simply getting momentarily distracted in these games can become fatal.

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* A common HONF NF element for the whole series: You spend 99% of the game underwater, and most of that time you do ''not'' have anything even remotely resembling SuperNotDrowningSkills. Simply getting momentarily distracted in these games can become fatal.
10th Feb '13 5:45:32 AM Kingault
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** The last boss in the first game. Imagine a giant H.R. Giger-esque alien head. Just the head. Now imagine it set against a black background, being fucking giantic compared to the dolphin you were playing as, it could kill you by sucking you into its mouth and biting down on you,, and if you were playing on the Sega CD, it looked way too good.

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** The last boss in the first game. Imagine a giant H.R. Giger-esque alien head. Just the head. Now imagine it set against a black background, being fucking giantic gigantic compared to the dolphin you were playing as, it could kill you by sucking you into its mouth and biting down on you,, you, and if you were playing on the Sega CD, it looked way too good.
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