Drago n’s Age
From young dragonling to aging platform mascot, Spyro’s lived a long life...
SPYRO 2: GATEWAY TO GLIMMER/RIPTO’S RAGE
Riding on the success of the original meant Insomniac had cause to polish the weaker aspects with this 1999 sequel. The overall design remained mostly the same, but with a greater emphasis on story and characters that was admittedly lacking in the previous game.
SPYRO: ENTER THE DRAGONFLY
2002 also saw the release of the first console Spyro not restricted to a Sony platform. Released on Gamecube and PS2, Check Six Studios and Equinox Digital were pressured to release a game in time for Christmas, and the move to new tech meant it suffered from a lot of flaws.
SPYRO: SHADOW LEGACY
Despite releasing only on Nintendo DS in 2005, this game takes place after the events of A Hero’s Tail. Developer Amaze Entertainment leveraged the touchscreen capabilities of the DS handheld by empowering Spyro with spells, which were activated by drawing the necessary symbol on the console’s bottom screen.
SPYRO: YEAR OF THE DRAGON
The third and final of the original Playstation trilogy released in 2000 was also Insomniac’s last of the franchise before the studio moved on to new projects. It brought with it a heap of new mechanics, key among them being the ability to play as different characters.
SPYRO: ATTACK OF THE RHYNOCS
This was the third of the GBA trilogy, releasing in 2003, and again developed by Digital Ecplise. It followed the same template as the original two GBA games with the same isometric viewpoint, but it was the last Spyro game to be released under the Universal brand.
THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: A NEW BEGINNING
This 2006 entry was the start of a supposed reboot – a new trilogy for the franchise with Krome Entertainment at the helm. This was more combat-oriented than any other game in the series and featured Gary Oldman and Elijah Wood as voice actors.
SPYRO: SEASON OF ICE
With the success of a Spyro trilogy firmly established on home consoles, Universal saw fit to push the teen dragon a little further, handing the reins to new series developer Digital Eclipse and transitioning the series over to a handheld system for the first time. Season Of Ice released in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance.
SPYRO ORANGE: THE CORTEX CONSPIRACY
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro had enjoyed a friendly rivalry – Naughty Dog and Insomniac would play each other’s games. This culminated in another GBA Spyro game, a crossover title released in 2004 that featured Crash’s nemesis Neo Cortex as the main antagonist for Spyro.
THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: THE ETERNAL NIGHT
Futurama’s Billy West replaced David Spade as the voice of Sparx, but it was otherwise business as usual for the second part of Krome’s new trilogy. Interestingly, the GBA game (by Amaze Entertainment) is a standalone 2D adventure with Metroid influences and a solid combat engine.
SPYRO 2: SEASON OF FLAME
Following up in 2002 was the obviously-titled GBA sequel, Season Of Flame. The game leveraged the same isometric viewpoint and was critically well received. Though it didn’t sell quite as well as its predecessor, the two were fairly popular – selling a combined 1.5 million copies.
SPYRO: A HERO’S TAIL
Developer Eurocom – which had already developed PS2 and Gamecube games for Crash Bandicoot – was brought on board with this
2004 release. It leveraged the open world nature of the series by adding in slight Metroid-like progression, requiring backtracking in a manner far beyond the hunting for hidden gems.
THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: DAWN OF THE DRAGON
Though the new trilogy offered a sense of growth to Spyro as a character – here he was a teenager – none of this improved the quality of the game. Despite this clever concept of having Spyro grow throughout the three games, the reception of these titles saw the end of the core Spyro games.
» [Playstation] Some stages allowed Spyro to take flight. They were fun distractions, and compelling to gamers looking to 100% the game.
» [Playstation] While the original didn’t put as much emphasis on story, you still got a sense of the young, cheeky Spyro.