Caverns of Hope


Ecco the Dolphin, the fabulous game series running since 1992 is the main topic of this website. Here we will publish every single piece of Ecco-related information we can get, to keep the Ecco spirit alive as long as possible.

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1. September 2014

UPDATE 16. September 2014: That was an awesome event, showing once again how amazing the Ecco community is. KC put up a terrific show and we had a brilliant time in the IRC chatroom and on Twitter. Thanks to everyone who participated, we'll continue to bring you Ecco live events on Hitbox, and of course don't forget to get your fix of SEGA music and live shows at RadioSEGA!
For those who missed the show, you can download the podcast version from the following link:

UPDATE 15. September 2014: The show goes live tonight at 7pm UTC! Don't miss it!! We'll all be there! You can take part in the show on these places:

Seeya there, everybody!

Ecco the Dolphin has won the RadioSEGA Character Battle 2014! And even better, the prize is something that you can help shape!

RadioSEGA Top40 Countdown Ecco Edition Cover

Earlier this year, RadioSEGA organized a battle between various SEGA characters! Not least thanks to the Ecco community, our hero has battled his way to the top position and gets treated with a special live show in the Top 40 Countdown series! On 15. September 2014 7pm UTC our friend KC will play the 40 most famous Ecco music tracks from all games, and you can help decide them!
A public poll with Ecco the Dolphin music tracks is now online, featuring a list of tracks selected by COH and Ecco community members. Choose your 20 favorite Ecco songs from the list and raise the chance for them to appear in the show (if your favorite track does not appear in the list, you can enter it in a text field at the bottom of the poll)! The poll closes on Saturday, 13. September, 12pm (midnight) giving you about two weeks to make your choices.

Enter your votes now: What Are Your 20 Favourite Tracks?
Read the blog post on RadioSEGA: RSTop40 Is Going Underwater!
Listen to RadioSEGA's live stream: Tune in!

To listen to Ecco music: You know where to go!

Mark the date in your calendars: 15. September 2014 7pm UTC and spread the word! We want many Ecco fans to participate in the show. Talk to other listeners and Ecco music fans during the show via Twitter (Hashtag #RSTop40), Facebook and the RadioSEGA IRC channel.

We're looking forward to listen to the best Ecco music together with you! What do you think, which track will be #1...?


18. May 2014

UPDATE: RadioSEGA interviewed us about the project, starting their "True Fan Hack Stories" series. Read the interview here: RadioSEGA True Fan Hack Stories - Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition.

Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Release!

Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Cover

Being possibly the biggest thing happening to Ecco this year, we're releasing a Fixed and Enhanced Edition of the SEGA PC version of Ecco the Dolphin. Phew, that's a long title. Ecco PC, for short, has stopped working completely on Windows 8, and it was barely playable on Windows 7, if at all. That's why we are really happy that Sebastian (nicked "Korama" in this release) returned and not only fixed the game, but also added lots of great features, making it an awesome experience of playing the original Ecco the Dolphin. I don't want to babble too long in this newspost, instead I'll use this chance to thank Sebastian again for dedicating so much time and effort to create this. It's really well appreciated in the Ecco community, and we hope that it will attract many more gamers to introduce them to the world of Ecco the Dolphin!

Now go download that thing already: Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Page


11. May 2014

We got some great news - Sebastian has returned and he's bringing lots of awesome Ecco goodies for us to play with again! Starting today, he's giving us an updated version of his "Password Tool"! It can now identify and generate passwords for all versions of Ecco the Dolphin (Mega Drive EU/US, JP and Mega CD), as well as Ecco Tides of Time! Also, it contains an immense documentation about all the information that is saved inside the 8-letter encrypted passwords.

Ecco Password Tool Screenshot

To give you a tease, here's some of what's stored inside the passwords what you may not have known:

  • Information about passed play time
  • The collected globe color from Dark Water
  • A lives counter that is never used in the game, since you get unlimited lives
  • If you've been cheating with the Debug Screen
    to quote Sebastian: "Cheaters don't get the password for the final password (The Last Fight)" [in Ecco the Dolphin]

Definitely check out Sebastian's updated password tool: Download here!

To build up on that, Sebastian is also working on an Ecco PC hack that makes the game playable in modern Windows versions up to 8.1 and 64-bit. Additionally the hack will allow for multiple improvements of the original game. Among others, the game can now play the CD soundtrack from MP3/WAV files, add the full range of sound effects, as well as some graphical improvements.
The enhanced Ecco PC version will be available from COH very soon!


24. January 2014

It's time for a special announcement, my friends!

I am excited that the Caverns of Hope Admin team has a new awesome member! Starting today, our good friend Benjamin will be contributing directly to Caverns of Hope. Many of you know Benjamin already from the Fan Corner and the various interactive parts, such as the Facebook Page, Twitter and especially our Livestream sessions. Personally, I've been knowing and talking to Benjamin for a much longer time already. During that time we've become close friends, and we recognized we share the same vision about Ecco the Dolphin and the fan community. That is why I'm happy to say that Benjamin will take important roles in every part of COH, not only the main site, but also on Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

Good times are coming ahead, and I'm proud to have Benjamin help me out from now! Caverns of Hope will be changing a lot in the coming months. Together, we will change COH to make it a much better place to browse, while the interactive parts will surely continue to flourish.

And now for some words by our new team member himself!


Many of you know me through different nicknames in the community: Ebon_blade on Twitter, J_cdenton on, some of you are even part of my friends on Facebook. For several years, I've been a proud member of the Ecco community where I've met a lot of great peoples who I could finally share my passion with, for a game that has really impacted my life deeply. It all started years ago on Dark-Sea where I could taste a bit of the Ecco community. Then came the joys of social networks. They allowed me to stay linked to people and get news in a more regular basis. Apart of Dark Sea, I've been a close follower of Caverns of Hope, probably the Ecco website I've been following the most. Twitter and Facebook allowed me to keep in touch with the latest updates. Then I decided I should participate a bit more by providing my own experience and by sharing my personal vision of this game. Eventually I started talking with Hauke and with time going we discovered our common vision for Ecco and shared a lot of things together about the game and the community. A close and solid friendship was born under the sign of the dolphin, another great thing which Ecco brought me.

A couple days ago, Hauke asked me to bring a bigger contribution to the community by joining the admin staff of Caverns of Hope. Something I'd have never expected at any moment in my Ecco fan life! Caverns of Hope is a reference as I've said, something big and great, a model to me. Now I'm part of it, I tend to imagine the task awaiting me: an exciting and thrilling one. But above everything I'm feeling honored and extremely proud to have received that task. I'll put all my strength to bring Caverns of Hope everything it need and to be worth the trust which has been put in me. And I can tell you already that great projects are coming.

One main goal I want to achieve as a newly appointed administrator for Caverns of hope will be this one: to show that our community is alive, dynamic and kicking, full with great and talented members. And of course to spread the wise word of our good friend Ecco around the Internet like we all do. As a community, we work hard to transmit his legacy to a new generation of players, hoping more and more people will finally dive into the Big Blue too and discover one of the most wonderfull video game to have ever existed in this world.

Altogether, we'll keep making Ecco swimming through the Tides of Time - until he finally frees himself from these and takes us again into the depths of the ocean, space and time. Until that moment arrives, we will wait, remember and expect in the Caverns of Hope.

-J.C. Denton

13. January 2014

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had some great holidays, and have had enough free time to play some Ecco at least once!

Talking about "Playing Ecco", let's quickly get to todays update: A new section part of the Fan Corner called "Fans On Air". Here we will feature people who play Ecco games on the internet in some way. Starting today, we'll feature people who stream live on internet broadcast services, such as Twitch or Livestream. We've prepared a page with live feeds to several people's channels, who frequently stream Ecco live. You can enter the "Fans On Air Livestream" section right from the main menu, for quick access, while you are browsing the website.

In the close future, we will add to the "Fans On Air" section with Let's Play and Longplay videos, a special section for Speedrunners, and some comedy as well!

Also planned soon-ish is a huge update to the glitches section. With the help of the Ecco speedrunning community, we will finally add glitches for the Mega Drive / Genesis Ecco games. We're also discussing how to set up leaderboards for speedrunning. Quite exciting times to be a speedrunner, you see? :-) Finally, we've found and received lots of new Ecco Fan Remixes, so expect an update to that very soon, too!

And now, why don't you check if someones streaming Ecco live?



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