Review by Lathander
"A very rewarding game"
I came to play this game some weeks ago and was fascinated. A very good jump-and-run.
Who cares about story in a jump-and-run game? In the beginning the dragons live peacefully together and then the evil Gnasty Gnok comes and turns all the dragons in crystal statues. All - except Spyro, of course! So now your job is to find all the dragons and rescue them. You also have to find 12000 jewels and about 16 eggs.
The controls are simple and learned fast. You soon know all the moves the dragon has and you can use them in a proper way. Only sometimes I thought that the controls might have been a little more precise but they are okay the way they are. I didn´t use a dual shock gamepad so I am not sure how the vibration function is worked into the game and how good the analog control is working.
The graphics are very good for this platform game that was released in 1999. They are 3D-worlds which differ very much. The enemies are various, the bosses funny and every one plays differently.
Well, I didn´t find the music in the game disturbing, so it was not that bad at all. I will not remember any of the music. But I liked the voices. After you free a dragon you will hear some words from him and several times Spyro will say something as well. I like Spyro´s voice.
You have more than 30 levels, in each you can find some dragons and 100-500 jewels. You also have to find several dragon eggs. So you have to find A LOT to complete the game with 100%! It is a very rewarding game: You will not leave a level without of having collected everything. And in the end, I completed the game perfectly.
The bonus stages are a lot of fun as well: Spyro flies through a world and has to complete several quests: Shoot planes, fly through rings, etc.
Spyro is not a too difficult game. I completed it without too many problems. It is a relaxing game.
Once you get through the whole game with 120% you will not play it again. But until you get this score, it will take many, many hours...
For today, this game might be a little old. There are no special moves, Spyro can´t swim and so on. But it still is a lot of fun. I already started Spyro 2, after that I will play Spyro 3...
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 09/22/02, Updated 09/22/02
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