Review by Uighdfghdefj

"A wonderful start to an excellent series!"

Spyro is a gigantic series that has crossed over many systems with over ten games. It is time to review the classic: the original! The plot is that there are dragons talking on a newscast out in the Dragon Worlds and they seem to piss off an evil Gnorc named Gnasty Gnorc who I assume has extremely good hearing to hear them from six worlds away. Anyways, Gnasty Gnorc turns all of the Dragons to crystal but happens to miss one little Dragon known as Spyro.

You play as the little purple dragon Spyro and you must free Dragons and defeat Gnorcs. The gameplay is pretty fun and the game is extremely easy other than trying to find some gems in the later levels (especially Haunted Towers). You have five hit points which is very confusing to keep track of until you get used to it. There is a small Dragonfly named Sparx that follows you around and his color indicates how much health you have. To heal you can kill different animals like Sheep which is fun to do especially since the game is rated E. You travel to different levels by traveling through one of many portables spread throughout different hubs which is pretty fun! The game mostly will have you gliding around and exploring with a little bit of combat which is more enjoyable then you would expect. Yet there are also six very fun flying levels where you fly around and destroy things to gain Gems. The only flaw I find with this is that up and down have been reversed. Throughout the game you will be able to use two very fun power-ups. One will let you charge superfast and even through metal. And if you get kissed by a fairy you will gain temporary extremely powerful flame breath that can harm metal! A really fun level is Jaques which happens to look like hell! Music in the game is good and tends to blend well with the game so nothing wrong there.

The graphics are excellent for its time because around then they had very few 3D games. There are many levels that are fun to explore and never get boring that will want you begging for more even though the later levels can get frustrating. At the end you battle Gnasty Gnorc who carries a giant hammer and shoots blasts at you. He is always either hiding or running so he is just scared which you would not expect from a last boss, and he only has two hit points! An enemy on the first level has more than that! Anyways, they still do add obstacles in your way to make it difficult but the final battle is pretty easy. The ending shows you defeating him and getting interviewed then you unlock a bonus level if you get 100%. If you completed the game at 120% (the max score) it will show you on another interview and at the end everyone will turn to crystal again. Overall, I have to say that this is an excellent game that is fun to play.

Gameplay: 8/10
Music: 9/10
Graphics: 7/10
Plot: 5/10
Multiplayer: N/A
Overall Score: 9/10 (not an average)

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 06/06/08

Game Release: Spyro the Dragon (US, 09/09/98)

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