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Fossil Echo (2016) is a short running and jumping game about a young boy's mistake and subsequent climb of a giant tower in the middle of the sea. The story is told in short animations and with challenging platform-style gameplay to create a moving and intriguing experience you can play multiple times.

Play involves jumping and running through internal and external spaces around the tower. Your task in each space is to continue your ascent but this often involves solving puzzles and timing jumps as well as charging forwards.

Like Limbo, Abe's Oddysee or Another World, it's an intentionally challenging game. You need to play levels repeated times to learn the careful timing, stealth and quick reactions needed to complete them. There are enemies in the game who shoot at you and present real harm, but after your initial defence that causes an enemy to fall to his death, you respond with resolute non-violence as you continue your climb.

As you progress you discover through flashbacks how the boy got there, and, more importantly, why he is there?

And for those willing to meet the challenge, eight temples offer some insight on the game's lore and backstory.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Fossil Echo 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete. You can play one level at a time as the game checkpoints after each area. You can find lots of secrets as you play multiple times. This is also extended by the optional temple challenges.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Fossil Echo usually costs £6.99.

Fossil Echo

Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/07/2016

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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