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A versatile, fun and accessible game for all ages. More advanced gamers may find it slightly limited.

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      11.09.2012 22:41
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      Good for very young players

      Spyro the dragon is a 3d ps1 game where you play a sort of child dragon, in a world where all the dragons have been locked up and hidden away on worlds. With only magic butterfly to aid you, you must free the dragons from the various worlds, and restore the dragon empire!

      First off, i loved this game as a child. It felt like you were a kid in a video game, but all the adults were in trouble. But because it was dragons, it never got scarey or anything like that. And compared with most modern kid games, this is way better. You could do a variety of moves, like fly, breath fire, charge, and so on, and you unlock more abilities as you progress through the game.

      You also has some really cool worlds, which were sort of warped illusions from history. Like there was a battlegrounds one, where there were these musket people with cannons. Or a jungle one. They were all really interesting, and very large!

      Also this game is kind of a free roam. Its not quite a simple, do this level, next, but there a things between the levels, like collecting various things, saving dragon eggs from theives, feeding your butterfly various insects... its all good fun!

      So what about overall. This game is PS1, its ANCIENT as far as video games are concerned, but it is exceedingly good even by today's game standards. If i had visitors of a younger age (so, 6 or so and below), i would probably reach for this if i just wanted them to play something and be able to leave them alone for a while, because its not too difficult for them that they will get frustrated. its not too scarey. And it really gets the imagination going! At least, i remember thinking that when i was younger! A good solid by for a younger gamer! But pherhaps not so appealing to older gamers!

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      08.01.2011 12:01
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      A fantastic, enchanting game

      Spyro was the first game I ever owned for Playstation, and in fact the reason I purchased one of the consoles to begin with. The graphics were sumptuous and the freedom for exploration incredible. It was, and still is, a real fairy tale game and you can become completely engrossed in it for hours at a time.

      The game is based on a series of 'worlds', and each new world becomes available as you successfully collect a certain quantity of treasure. The first world is the Artisans world, and is built on a walled garden with a waterfall, a maze, a tunnel and a series of towers. Dotted around the world are portals that lead to different levels. Each level looks very different, but is based on a similar theme. In one, there is a similar walled garden, but it is night time, and in another you can access the hills overlooking the lawns. Each world has approximately five portals, including one that contains the 'boss' of that particular world.

      During the game you must collect treasure, which is dotted around both on its own and concealed in some way, such as within solid boxes you must charge into to break the box and uncover the jewel. The jewels themselves look sumptuous; they are multi faceted and shimmer enchantingly. There is also a satisfying tinkle as the jewels are released, and different coloured jewels denote different value (a red jewel is worth one, for example, while a rarer yellow jewel is worth ten). You must also liberate the friendly dragons, encased in stone. As soon as you touch upon the plinth on which the stone dragon sits, the controller vibrates as the stone is shaken off, and the dragon bursts into life. Most often the freed dragons offer some kind of wisdom, or teach Spyro a new skill that becomes useful during the game. Each podium is also a save point.

      The most notable thing about Spyro, apart from the incredible freedom of exploration it offers, is the graphics. They are incredible. At the time especially, but even now with such advances made in the field, the colours are fluid and intense, and you can see what an incredible amount of work has gone into perfecting every detail; I cannot over emphasise how impressive each flourish is, and how spectacular the range of nuances. This is a remarkable game visually, but it is also a real pleasure to play and can often be very challenging. Highly recommended.

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        17.03.2010 19:28
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        A fun game that I would definetley buy again If it broke.

        Spyro the dragon was the first game in the classic series. It was created by insomniac games that later quit making the series when they released the third game and continued to make the ratchet and clank series. This game was praised for its graphics which were amazing for the time and it had some very memorable tunes also.

        The story begins with gnasty gnorc improsining all the dragons except spyro with his sceptor. The dragons are improsined in green crystal. Upon spyro touching them they are set free.

        The character which you control in the game is called spyro. He is a young purple dragon. His main attacks are charging and breathing fire. Spyro cannot fly but can glide down.

        There are several worlds in the game to travel to. Each world has a free realm area that contains portals to get to the levels. To progress to the next world via the baloon man he asks for a different thing each time. Sometimes he wants a certain amount of dragons to be freed,gems to be collected or dragon eggs to be saved.

        The gameplay itself is quite basic and upon entering a level you are put into a semi free-roam level. I call it semi freeroam as you are basically directed in either on or two routes to the end of the level though it is extremley wide and you are usually put into a wide open area.

        There are several different colour gems each reperesenting a different value. red is 1, green is 2, blue is 5, yellow is 10 and purples is 25. There are a few hidden levels in the game also. Each world has a special flying level where spyro has the ability to fly. In these levels he must race against the clock and gain time by flying through rings, destroying planes and more.

        This game is a classic a must have in anyones collection. A realy fun game though older gamers my find it slightly boring as it is not very complex. Too bad the latest games had to spoil spyro's reputation. If I had my way the only games in the series would be the first 3 all of which were made by insomniac.

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        06.02.2010 00:54
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        Overall a platform game that is a classic

        This for me is a very memorable game for the Playstation and Spyro the Dragon is popular with children and adults alike. He is a great purple dragon and is great fun.

        Spyro is a baby dragon that has to save the world of dragons from Gnasty Gnork. He was pretty nasty and would freeze all dragons. He is not quite able to fly, although there are few exceptions to this rule in certain levels within the game. However, he is able to glide along pretty well and can get up some speed when he gets going. He can stave off his enemies that attack by using the flame from his mouth. In addition he can head butt them with his horns which is also very effective.

        The classic platform game and each world is three dimensional. Spyro travels to different worlds in whichever order he chooses. The aim of the game is basically to kill off all the bad guys that come your way and turn them back into treasure and gems. As that is what the enemy Gnasty Gnork has done, turning all the dragon's treasure into baddies. You can also open treasure chests to get more gems. In addition to all this work you have to do, there is the important job of releasing all dragons that are frozen from their icy prisons. Every time you rescue a dragon that particular character gives you some much needed advice.

        The worlds that Spyro the dragon travels through are very colourful and vary to keep the interest factor going and last longer. In some levels you have to fly through rings and collect treasure and each have their own theme and monsters. There are fairly tale worlds, ice worlds and others as well. You have to get enough gems to move to the next level which makes this more challenging.

        This is a game that will probably always be great fun to play and never get old. It's just a classic platform with a loveable dragon as the main character and interesting and varied enemies and levels to play. Great for kids and adults

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        18.05.2009 09:29
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        A lovely fun game

        Spyro the Dragon was probably the first game I ever completed! It was the first game I properly played as well, and probably what set off my addiction to platform games.

        The Story:
        Gnasty Gnorc comes back seeking revenge for being banished from the dragon world. He turns all the dragons into statues but misses Spyro because he is so small. Spyro's adventure begins and he has to travel through the 5 dragon worlds (Artisans, Peace Keepers, Magic Crafters, Beast Makers and Dream Weaver) with his friend Sparx the dragonfly, to save the dragons and reclaim all their treasures.

        The Gameplay:
        Simple and fun! There are no complicated button combinations and each controller button has one function. Sparx is an indication of your health and you can flame/charge sheep and other small animals in order to rebuild your health.

        Each world you travel through as Spyro is made up of various different levels, each one challenging in it's own unique way. Each world has a Boss level, and also a flying level. Spyro can't fly on his own in the game so these flying levels are a fun distraction. The aim is to complete all of the tasks while you are flying but there is also a time trial level and it's definitely a challenge to find the quickest way to flame the enemies and fly through the rings!

        Spyro is a very easy game to complete but takes a little longer if you want the full 100%. To this day I think there is still one dragon I just can't get to - I can hear him, but I can't see him!

        It's a really great game that has definitely stood the test of time with beautiful imaginitive worlds and sceneries, and now I've written this review I feel inspired to get under the bed and dig it out, I can't wait to play it again!

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        11.02.2009 18:22
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        An oldie but a goodie

        Spyro was the first "proper" game I ever played on a playstation (being about 7 at the time), as I don't think ridge racer really counts (although that was fabulous too - another review perhaps). I must admit, I am a fan of platform games in general, and I do think that this is one of the best of them, despite the terrible chunky cluncky graphics and the fact that we never actually got into the last level of the game (you had to have found every crystal in the whole game and we were missing one and couldn't find it). When gnasty gnorc (the baddie - can't you tell with a name like that?!) is insulted by one of the big (presumably adult) dragons, he turns them all to crystal or stone or ice or something with his magic zappy staff. He also turns all the dragon's treasure into warriors. Spyro (a small purple dragon) is the only one left, and he sets off to reclaim the treasure and dragon eggs (which are held by blue-robed egg theives), and to free the other dragons. The game is then based around a number of worlds in different levels, with villains to kill, egg theives to chase, treasure to find and collect and dragons to be freed. Once you have done enough of this in one level, you can be transported to the next world by the balloonist, and finally face Gnasty Gnorc in a boss battle. In each world, there is also a flying test (as spyro cannot fly in this game, only glide), and you gain treasure depending on how well you do. I love this game, the challenges are many and varied - each new level provides you with something new to try out - look out for the "supercharges" at about level 4! In addition, the villain are ridiculous and all different from each other - my favourites are these particular black dogs, that when you breathe fire on them, they starting panting and frothing at the mouth and then try to jump on you and squash you. Plus one of the bosses is a sheep on stilts hiding in a scarecrow outfit. And all the adult dragons (who give you "advice" when you unfreeze them) have stupid voices. Its great. Plus you can now get this game for about a fiver at any pre-owned games store, and you can play it on a PS2 as well as the now truly ancient PlayStation.

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          10.11.2008 22:39
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          A great game, still brilliant after all these years

          Spyro the Dragon is the first of a series of video games based around a small purple dragon.
          The story starts when all the dragons in the dragon kingdom are enjoying themselves when the baddie Gnasty Gnorc who was banished from the kingdom a while ago gets angry and turns all the dragons into statues and scatters them all around the different lands. But because Spyro is smaller than the other dragons, he managed to avoid being turned into a statue and has to go around the different worlds to free the dragons. Gnasty also steels all the dragons gems and eggs which Spyro also has to recover.

          You first start in the first world, the Artisans world is a home world with portals to levels. There are 6 home world altogether including Gnasty's home world. To get to the different home worlds you have to have a certain number of either dragons, gems or eggs then you go to see the balloon man who takes you to the different worlds. You have to go into the worlds levels to free all the dragons and collect all the gems. In some levels you will find a little blue man who is carrying a large pink egg, these are the dragon egg thiefs. You have to charge after these guys and when you run into them they will let go off the egg.

          This brings me to Spyro himself. He has a few different things he can do, one thing which i just mentioned is he can charge. You use this to defeat certain baddies, open certain items and for some other things. Spyro can also breath fire to kill some enimies and open some chests. He can also glide. If you run off the end of a high wall, cliff etc and press jump twice spyro will glide and slowly descend to the ground. Spyro can not free fly in normal levels but there are some levels which are focused just on flying.

          Back to the levels. In each home world, there is a boss level. These do not have to be completed but to get 100% you must complete these levels as well. I call them levels because they are another level and not just a boss. You have to work through a short level before you get to the boss, still collecting gems and freeing dragons.
          Once you have completed one world and all its levels, find the balloon man and he will take you to the next world. The next home world is the Peace Keepers home land. Again complete all the levels here finding all the dragons, gems and eggs, then find the next balloon.
          The third world is Magic Crafters. The fourth world is Beast Makers, then the fifth is Dream Weavers, and finally you get to Gnasty's World where you have two main levels before facing Gnasty himself. Then when you defeat him and get every single gem, dragon and egg in the game, a final level opens, Gnasty's Loot which is a bonus level where you can get loads of gems without any baddies trying to stop you.

          Each of the levels in the game is very different to the last and there is always something new to find. In these levels, you have to make your way through killing any baddies, freeing dragons, then make your way to the exit portal at the end. If you leave the level without completing it don't worry as you can go back to it any time.
          Now as i mentioned slightly earlier, there are some levels where you just fly. These levels are classed as bonus levels and they can sometimes be a little harder to find than the normal levels. The objective of these flight levels is to fly around and flame different objects or fly through things until you have each one. There are usually 4 catagories and about 8 of each category. If that sounds confusing, let me try to explain a bit better. In one level, you may get 8 lighthouses, 8 boats, 8 rings and 8 chests. You have a time limit and you have to flame the 8 lighthouses, flame the 8 boats, fly through the 8 rings and flame the 8 chests. Each time you flame or fly through something you will get a slight time bonus. There is usually a certain way to complete the level so you do not run out of time, some of these levels can be quite hard to complete and will likely take you several tries to complete but you need to complete these levels to get 100% in your overall game.

          I won't describe each level as it will take me a long long time but in each world there is about 4 levels including the boss level, and then the extra flight level so there is lots to do.

          This is a very fun and entertaining games and still one of the best games to date. The graphics are fantastic for its age and the characters, voices and story are all good.
          The game can be completed fairly quickly unless you are trying to get 100% then it can take a little longer, but you will have lots of fun.

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            26.10.2008 15:52
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            Its not a big lose if you dont have it, but you should check it out

            You can only wonder what happend on Insomniac Games drawing bored-Pure magic or just plain steam?
            Spyro is the only dragon who was not hit by a magic spell which froze everyother dragon being small it went staright over his head, Spyro is on a quest to get all dragons unfrozen, get gems and deafet all the Gnasy gnorcs that will get in his way.
            The best thing about this game is that is has so many levels and places to explore-Find a dragon, gems and eggs are rewarding and you sense a feeling of pride completing the game 100 %
            Although its not without its flaws the enemys and bosses are pathectic as bosses die after 3 hits and enemys are repetive and stale(enemys in the first level run away from you much to your amusement and the first boss is a sheep...) the endless supply of bottomless pits are annoying so is trying to make a jump and not making it.
            In all its a good addition for the PS1 libery-but I recemend Spyro Gateway to Glimmer to truly apperciate Spyro in his full glory

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            12.03.2007 14:55
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            An easy game for all ages.

            Spyro the Dragon

            I promise this will be my last Spyro review until I get a new Spyro game, and then watch out!

            Spyro the dragon is the second best Spyro game in the series. Behind only “Year of the Dragon”, this game is only #2 because there are more abilities in “Spyro: Year of the Dragon.”

            ~The Story~

            There are five dragon families, and they each live in a separate world. Everything was perfect, except for the presence of Gnasty Gnorc.

            The dragon families got together and decided to banish Gnasty to the dragon junkyard, which Gnasty named Gnasty’s World as soon as he got there.

            Gnasty found two magic spells, one that would turn the dragon’s gems into creatures that would do his bidding and another that would encase the dragons themselves in crystal.

            One day, when one of the dragons made Gnasty especially angry, Gnasty used the spells and began to change the dragon worlds into Gnasty’s Worlds!

            But Spyro, being Spyro, didn’t get caught in the spell. And now he has to go through the dragon worlds AND Gnasty’s World to rescue the dragons and collect gems as well as destroy Gnasty’s minions.

            ~Gameplay~

            This is the only Spyro game that has enemies in the home worlds.

            The only world I found difficult was Beast Makers world. Many of the levels here have minions that can electrify the ground. Most of the minions here can kill you without even touching you! Also, here you have to be an excellent glider in many parts, because if your not, you will fall into the water and (in this Spyro game only) falling in water takes life.

            The second hardest world was Dream Weavers. You really have to be a good glider here, as anything that is not ground, is open abyss. Some things really need to be timed out here.

            The third hardest was Magic Crafters. You have to master the flying supercharge here! There are chasms that have to be flown over to get gems, free lives, dragons, and even egg thieves (more on them later).

            The Peace Keepers world is not much harder to play than the Artisans world was. Some of the minions here still run, but they take potshots at you first. And you have to jump over a few rivers. Not hard at all.

            By far the easiest world is the Artisans- where your game begins. The minions here are really timid, and run from you, usually without trying to harm you! Except for the bulls.

            There are thieves running throughout the worlds and they are the most difficult to catch. They run complicated or difficult tracks that make it hard to give chase. You must capture these thieves to get through some of the worlds, and to get to Gnasty’s World. When you miss them, or get near them, they taunt you. That taunt can be very annoying.

            The flight levels were some of the hardest levels in the game (at least they were to me). It is very easy to miss one thing and there is no time to go back to get it!

            There are two dragons that are really hard to get. One is in Tree Tops (Magic Crafters), and the other is in Haunted Towers (Dream Weavers). Both have incredibly difficult supercharge and flying supercharge courses to get through before you can get to the dragon.

            I had to finally look up how to do them on the internet. The best that I have found is www.spyrohints.com. Spyro Hints has help on the hardest levels in the first three Spyro games. I will probably do a review on Spyro hints in the near future.

            ~Bonus level~

            If you get all of the gems, dragons, and eggs from all of the worlds, you will be able to enter Gnasty’s Loot Level.
            I like the Loot Level. You can fly throughout this level like you can in the flight levels.
            There are different levels to this level, though. You have to get the key to the next level from the thief and when you unlock the door, you can fly higher! Repeat catching the thieves and unlocking the doors and you can get to the highest level.
            There is a room in the highest level that is full of baskets, this is really cool, you flame one basket and it will set off the other baskets. There will be explosion after explosion, and when the dust clears, there will be a room full of the magenta gems, worth 25 gems a piece! 2500 gems on one room!
            There are 5000 gems in the whole loot level.

            ~Graphics~

            The graphics aren’t great, you can really see the pixels in everything including Spyro. But if III remember right, this was insomniac’s first game, so I give them a break here.

            ~end of the review~
            I agree with the rating on this game, as even the youngest minds won’t be harmed by playing this game.

            Spyro the Dragon was created by Insomniac Games.

            This game can be found on Ebay for 1 pound or less + shipping.

            Copywrite 2007 by Stephanie A. Smith

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              10.09.2002 20:41
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              Ah the good old Playstation - remember the time it was the height of the games console ladder? Oh! The jealousy, the seething pangs of hatred towards those who owned one of these wonders of the electronic age... All gone now, I've got myself one of those new fangled things with PS2 written all over it, DVD (whatever that is...) compatible and with the option of going on the INTERNET! Well, for crying out loud, how can the PS1 possibly compete? With Spyro! The loveable little dragon with all the personality and charisma of a Tarrantino character but without all the gratuitous swearing and violence that usually accompanies them! So what's it all about then? Well - Spyro's got a destiny, a set in the stone, written in the stars, 100% genuine destiny. The land of his people has been taken over and enchanted by an evil ruler known as Gnasty Gnork, all the dragon folk have been encased in crystal, their eggs have been stolen by thieves and their carefully hoarded treasure has been strewn around willy-nilly! Basically, all that's missing is a direct meteor strike, and the world of hurt and misery would be complete. No meteor strike though, Spyro is only little and has managed to escape crystallisation by the Gnork, he sets himself up with his trusty dragonfly friend and embarks on a quest to free the dragons and return their treasure to its rightful owners. This is where you start from. The object of the game is quite simply to free all the dragons, collect all the treasure and get back the dragon eggs from the cunning little thieves - once you've done all that you've got to kill off Gnork in a final showdown and the world will be safe once more. Gameplay: --------- From the beginning you will be very pleased with the look of the game, lovely cartoon style graphics and a really sweet looking game to be playing. As you begin the game you
              9;ve got some very obvious choices, you've watched the intro so you know what the game's idea is all about and so you're straight away looking out for the first dragon to set free from the crystal. As you free the dragons you're given little hints and tips as to what does what - they usually say thank you (very cool animation for the dragon freeing sequences) and then go on to say what you can do to help you in the quest. The basic controls (thanks dragons...) are the jump, glide, flame and charge buttons (using the 4 "shape" buttons on the controller), each is useful in its own way and they can be used in combination with each other for additional speed, glide length etc. Once you've managed to get these all sorted you're just about set to go off on the quest. Now, the importance of the dragonfly friend is not to be undermined in any way, shape or form. You begin the game with 3 lives BUT, the dragonfly increases this threefold. You get hit, the dragonfly loses some of its potency, three hits and he'll die off and you will be one step away from death! He's a great help when it comes to treasure collection as he'll do this for you to save you actually walking right into the gems. He needs to be fed when he's feeling weak, simply kill off a passing critter and you're generally rewarded with a butterfly to feed your pal with and back on track again. Very easy to pick up, very nice to look at and very addictive once you've got started. There's lots of levels to this game, all reached by use of the balloonists on each level - they will set you specific goals - collect a certain amount of treasure, free a certain number of dragons, save a certain number of eggs from the thieves etc. You have to earn your way onto their balloon and you'll then be transported to the next level or back to one you've already visited. I reckon it has something for everyo
              ne, adventure, a bit of a fight, puzzle solving and even flying for the simulator lovers. Sounds/music: ------------- Over the course of the game you're going to be using the mute button quite a bit, the music is kind of mystical, comical and ever so slightly annoying. I don't think I can really describe it in any other way - quite nice to begin with, quite annoying after a while. Sound effects - great! Thundering hooves when you charge, jet sounds when you flame, nice little swooshing while you're gliding and voices for the dragons when they're giving the advice out. The baddies gulp and scream very satisfactorily when you're chasing them and the egg thieves mock you with a nice little "Na na na na na!" when you're nearby. Overall: -------- I think this is a great game, I got my PS1 out of the blue from a workmate who didn't want it anymore and so I didn't know a lot about the controls, the games that were available or anything. Spryo helped me out no end! I think the whole thing is very well presented, beautiful graphics, great story and very helpful in the training of the dragon and the development of the destiny thing! I found myself intrigued as soon as I put this into the machine and got started - kind of like Crash Bandicoot but without the bouncing. It is a game without boundaries, not unsuitable for anyone really, nothing offensive, violent or anything else to upset the nippers. Play it with your kids, play it by yourself, play with whoever - just give it a go! With it being a PS1 game too, you'll find it very cheap compared to the new games out there - I saw it priced at £13.99 in my local WH Smiths but you'd probably get it for a quid at the local car boot sale. Overall - a firm 10/10 for this game! Boon (now available for reading of ops, now I can LOG INTO THE BLOODY SITE AGAIN!)

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                It’s almost 25 years since I started using computers and playing computer games. Although I tended to concentrate on roleplaying games and strategy games, I have occasionally dipped into the arcade and played a few platform games. Most of these games were 2-d and involved jumping up and down on platforms, collecting jewels and avoiding monsters – they were generally fun to play but had limited appeal to me as there was so much repetition. So 25 years later and it’s the year 2002, my kids have a Playstation and they’ve been pestering me for weeks to buy them the coolest game out there. After several minutes of detailed description by my ever enthusiastic children I realize they are talking about a concept I am familiar with – it’s a platform game, albeit in 3-d. After much thought and some very good behavior by my children – they really know how to suck up – I succumbed and bought them Spyro. <Overall> As I mentioned before I am predominately a Roleplaying gamer or Strategy fan; however, this game has captivated me, it is full of humour, has enough variation to make you play one more level, and has excellent sound and very good graphics to make this a pleasant game to watch. There are many sections that are very hard to play making this a challenging as well as long game. I have throuoghly enjoyed watching and playing this game and as it is a fairly old game, it is reasonably priced – you can probably buy it for 10gbp – I bought it as part of a Spyro trilogy that cost 19.99gbp. <Graphics> Having seen many ‘3-d’ engines over my time, with Doom, Harry Potter etc to name a couple, the engine used to power the 3-d elements of this game impressed me. Firstly, and perhaps most impressively, as you move through the world you get a smooth and believable feel without many of the problems that beset other 3-d engines – for example in
                Harry Potter you quite often can find positions where you can see how the world is essentially made of polygons – this didn’t happen in Spyro. Secondly, the designers have decided not to add textures at long distances but rather make the fade in as you get closer – this not only seems to give a more realistic feel to the graphics, but it also ensures the graphics are far smoother and quicker. When compared to modern day 3-d technology it does pale a little as you still feel that you are in a cartoony or computer world, but this is OK as this adds to the general atmosphere. The 3-d characters are excellent – the main character Spyro is animated excellently making him look and respond like a dragon would. I haven’t noticed any glitches in the animation and this not only makes the game look better but also makes it more enjoyable. One of the coolest parts of the graphics are some of the reflective metal armor on enemies – this not only shows the powerful engine used for the graphics but also shows the care and attention the designers put into the game. There are many spot effects in the game, such as an effect to make the water move – but the only thing missing from the graphics is any use of lighting in the game – this adds to the cartoony feel of the game. Quite simply when you use your flame, you would expect areas around you to get lighter – this doesn’t happen – all areas have the same level of light. This probably makes the game more playable for younger children though. The world that is created is a very vivid and bright world – although it doesn’t exactly feel real, it is good enough to make you enjoy the game without looking for the flaws in the graphics. <Sound / Music> The music is generally very good - each world has it’s own tune that is repeated over and over again. This is OK though as the songs a
                re not annoying and tend to rest nicely in the background – none are going to get on Top of the Pops, but they are a nice accompaniment to the game. The sound effects and voices in the game are very good – the general sound effects such as bottles and vases breaking, and rockets firing and exploding are very realistic and really add to the general atmosphere of the game. The speaking dragons are also very good – it is interesting to hear the different accents in different worlds, as the designers have tried to introduce as much character as they can into the game – the voice actors are generally believable. <Gameplay> If you are like me then you have seven thumbs when playing games like this! Luckily the controls are fairly simple! You can either use the left stick or the direction keys to move Spyro (I found the direction keys to be easier). What makes this easier is that the camera tends to follow you and ensure that you are always looking in the right direction. You can rotate the screen using a combination of the triangle button and the l2/r2 buttons; this can be important at times when trying to find ‘hidden’ areas. Other important keys – square button allows you to charge enemies; circle button allows you to breathe fire. The controls become very intuitive as you effectively are given a tutorial as you go – (you learn additional skills such as climbing and swimming underwater throughout the game). Learning to glide and hover can be difficult at first, but once you have mastered this it becomes second nature (as Spyro is a young dragon he cannot fly yet). Note – having played all three games this weekend I am unsure if ‘swimming’ is part of the first game!!! <Storyline> You are introduced into the worlds of Spyro’s adventure via a ‘humorous’ opening cinema sequence - these sequences pop up quite
                often and continue to add depth and humour to the story as you move along the adventure. The initial cinema sequence is more like a home video as you are introduced to the worlds. You see Spyro in the background chasing sheep – alas there is cruelty to sheep in this game!!! OK, so there’s this nasty dude called ‘Gnasty Gnorc’ who has found away to steal 12 – 14000 gems from the dragons – while doing this he has also managed to turn all the 80 or so dragons into crystal. Now luckily for all the other dragons, Spyro managed to remain un-crystalized! Therefore guess who has to go and visit many different worlds, collecting all the gems and saving all the dragons? You got it – our intrepid hero Spyro. Many game players will recognize much of the ‘ideas’ of the game – there are portals that lead from a centralized world to each of the outlying worlds. Each ‘sub’ world is a level – the idea for every level is the same – collect all the gems, free all the dragons and kill all the enemies – some enemies can only be killed by charging into them, some can only be killed by breathing fire. In many of the levels there are ‘hidden’ areas – this isn’t your normal ‘hidden wall’ type thing but rather areas that are seemingly inaccessible – normally you can reach these by gliding and hovering – the key to this is to continually look everywhere – up down left and right – on top of buildings etc! Some areas cannot be visited until you gain skills to access them – such as climbing or swimming underwater. Occasionally there are sub games – most of these include power-ups (including flight) – these power-ups allow you to get past obstacles that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to pass. Some of the other power-ups include supercharged ramming, super fire breath etc. One
                flaw in the game in my opinion is that although you are progressing through the world, meeting bigger and badder enemies, they all still only require on hit to be eliminated – this means that generally the skill level doesn’t increase (except for the level ending baddies). One important aspect of the game is the flying dragonfly – he is essentially your hit points. As you lose hit points he changes colour and finally disappears when you are on your last hit point (you have four!). However, throughout the game you will find many animals which you can ‘kill’ that then magically turn into butterflies that your sidekick eats – this is often funny to watch as some of the animation is comical! I must, at this point warn you that innocent sheep are used in this game – BooHoo! This dragonfly – Sparx I think – also helps you collect your gems – you can walk over it yourself too! The levels are designed well and aim to make you use all of Spyro’s skills – particularly the gliding – at times you will find yourself going around in circles, revisiting areas, but overall the levels are logical and fun. . Be wary though – gliding can be dangerous - each level is surrounded by ‘nothing’ – if you glide or fall into ‘nothing’ then you lose a life! The boss fighting is a little disappointing as it simply involves avoiding his simple attack and then hitting him – repeating this several times will eliminate this boss. <Conclusion> This game is a great game for kids – it does teach hand eye co-ordination and is fun to play. It is very repetitive, but as the difficulty doesn’t increase most kids will be able to complete the game. The graphics and sound are very good and this makes the game pleasant to watch! As a bargain basement game, it is excellent – and it will take
                several weeks to complete!

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                  That butt ugly Gnasty Gnorc guy has turned all the dragons to crystal. But he mist Spyro the smallest of the dragons but the one with the most attitude. It now looks like It all up to you as you take Spyro on the advancer to save the 5 dragon worlds and Gnorcs world from Gnasty Gnorc and his monster type things that Gnorc has made to stop you on your quest to find treasure, eggs, save dragons and kill Gnasty Gnorc. On your way throw the 6 worlds you will see lots of different types of enemies that come in large or small. Large enemies can only be flamed unless it’s in the ice world where you have to push them of cliffs. Small enemies can be flamed or charged. Enemies that were armour must be charged or wait until they turn round. Don’t worry about spyro to much because his best friend Sparx the dragonfly is there to protect him, he can take three hits and then leaves but can be brought back if you can hit a small animal and it will bring him back this is also how you can get his strength. The amount of strength is shown in colour. Gold Full health (3 hits left) Blue Medium health (2 hits left) Green Low health (1 hits left) Gone Bad health (0 hits left) best be careful Getting jewels can be as easy as just finding them on the flour or flaming a box but you may need to find keys that are hidden on ledges far away from the box it’s self. You may need to fly round blind corners to find if there is any treasure to be collected. Small blue thieves carry dragon eggs that run round torn ting you are another enemy of yours. The egg they carry is not there own, it’s a dragon egg that they have stolen and you have to get it back. This can be tricky but if you charge to the in side of the thief you should find it a lot easier. You’ll need to find the over dragons and free them. To do this all you have to do is walk up to it. Some will give you a
                  dvice but others will just say hi. After you free a dragon you can walk onto the stone and you will be allowed to replay the dragon or save. When playing if you press select an inventory will come up. This is great because it allows you to see treasure found, dragons found, % of game complete, # of eggs rescued, world you are in, treasure found in each level and dragons found on each level. To get from world to world you use teleports. Stone on the ground with stars coming of it with return home above it is the one that takes you home. The large door type things that you can see the sky in are the ones that take you to different levels. To get to another world you go in a balloon that is at the home level. In each world there are bonus level where you can fly instead of just gliding. You have a time limit to flame things or fly throw things to get treasure. If you don’t get all the treasure in one go you can try again to get the rest. The six worlds are The Artisans The Peace Keepers The Magic Crafters The Beast Makers and The Dream Weavers After completing these 5 worlds you can go to Gnasty’s world where you can take on Gnasty Gnorc so be careful!!

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                    29.09.2001 17:02

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                    spyro is a good game to play but need to be made harder and each level i think sypro should get old - Advantages: its easy to complete - Disadvantages: the dragons give usless advise

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                    This game was another unnofficial mascot for the PlayStation when this game came out. You cantrol a purple dragon namely... um... can't remember... Anyway, you must free all of the dragons in the dragon world that have been turned into stone and also kill all of the Gnorcs in the dragon world. It also helps to collect as much treasure as possible as it will go towards your total percentage comlete and will get you to different worlds. The gamplay is good, when you get used to the basic controls then there's nothing stopping you. The game graphics engine is pretty good, crisp graphics are brought up by a lot of ATD and makes the game very enjoyable. The game will last a platformer veteran about 3 - 4 weeks, but someone who is new it will take them much longer to complete. The learning curve is excellent, with very short levels going to tree tops and supercharges etc. On the whole this game, for under £20, is money well spent.

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                      17.01.2001 23:30

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                      Spyro the angel beacuse he babysits my lad and keeps him out of mischief. Spyro the Dragon is one of the best investments that I have made in my PSX library.It is a multi level game where a cute looking purple dragon collects crystals and saves his dragon peers. He has to go into a multitude of different places and has different tasks to complete. It entertains all ages and is not too difficult for my 3 year old son and not too easy for my 57 year old father. We can play for hours and it is the most absorbing of games. The graphics are excellent and the levels are entertaining. The game strategy is easy to understand and the multi button moves are kept to a minimum. This I've found to be a problem with some games as some moves require skilled dexterity.I don't think that I've come across a bad word about this game but I'm sure that it isn't everybodies taste. A sound investment if you haven't already got it.

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