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      19.07.2010 17:03
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      part three is just awesome!

      As the Spryo games is a trilogy this is the final part sadly, but this game is a good ending to a trilogy (like they all should)
      This time round, it's Spyro and his leopard friend, Hunter go and search for the 150 missing dragon eggs - with baby dragons inside how cute! However, these eggs have been taken by the Sorceress and the only way Spyro can win the eggs is by defeating her!
      However, Spyro cannot find all the eggs on his own, so he has to visit three different worlds, morning, midday garden, evening lake, midnight hill and four new characters are introduced: 1st world : a kangaroo believed to be named Shelia. 2nd world : a penguin who is some bird from the army. 3rd world : a yeti and a big crystal club and the 4th world : a monkey believed to be called Agent 9 who has a powerful gun.
      Also Spyro's best bubby, Sprax the dragonfly also helps him on his little adventure, to visit his little worlds which include a nest, spider town, swimming pool and a factory!
      Some of Spyro's old friends return from previous games.
      Spyro has to collect gems as well to complete his quest! they range in all colors and sizes.
      so come and help Spyro complete his final quest and make him become the year of the dragon!

      I loved this game so much I managed to nearly complete it by 99% and had one egg to find, but then all the memory got lost and I had to start over again - I was gutted! This is great fun and loved every minute playing it! It's worth playing the last part of trilogy and it's worth while too!

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      27.06.2010 09:40
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      Hours of fun and yet another good storyline for a game

      I am actually currently playing this game right now, and I love it! I owned it a few years back and my brother broke the disc so I never had chance to fully complete it, but after acquiring it from eBay a couple weeks ago I've been on it non-stop!

      It's the third in the Series of the PS1 Spyro games, and it takes the almost exact form of Spyro 2, which is what makes it so good; something has been stolen, Spyro is the only one who can get it back. In this case though, new dragon eggs have been stolen, and it's up to Spyro and the friends he 'rescues' (pays Moneybags a lot of gems to free them from jail. It's ok - you get to chase Moneybags at some point if you're lucky!) to go get them back. You get to play as at least 6 different characters, all in different settings and with different controls (it can be confusing but you get used to it quickly).

      You start off in the lovely Sunrise Springs, shiny new gateways blinking at you, ready to take you away to a world where you can save eggs. My favourite level here is called Sunny Villa - you get to skateboard with Spyro and Hunter!! You rescue one friend in Sunrise Springs, complete a few levels and jump in a hot air balloon to face your first enemy; a blob called Buzz.

      After defeating this blob, the balloon takes you to Midday Gardens where there are more eggs to be found, more gems to steal, more enemies to kill, and a bird to be set free. After doing all of this, and the extra task that comes in the form of fire breath, you jump onto a rocket and go to face your second enemy, Spike.

      Moving onto Evening Lake, and this is where you get to have some swimming fun! I always loved to swim with Spyro, I have no idea why but it was great! This whole level is basically made out of water, so expect to have to swim for a few sub-levels before you can find any eggs! Then hop into the rocket to go visit Scorch, and you can move on to the final main World, Midnight Mountain.

      Here is where you're going to need to have done a lot of work as a lot of the levels require lots of eggs, 50 or 60+. I've just managed to hit this level again with over 100 eggs, so that's possible! There are yet more levels to push through to be able to find your way into the Sorceress' Lair to defeat your final enemy. You also free a monkey in this World, and he is awkward to control!

      After defeating the Sorceress, or some time before getting there, you are able to chase Moneybags around until he gives you all the gems you paid him - this bit is great fun on its own! Anyone who liked Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer, will love this game too. It's just as challenging and fun as the last 2 of its series, and it's a shame we'll never get another one like them. This is another must-have for anyone with a PS or PS2 (I play mine on PS2 but need a PS1 memory card for it) and really worth it just to have the best Spyro games in your house. I think this was the last game Insomniac did, which is why the names changed and Spyro became 'Legend of Spyro' after this, and if so then Insomniac did bad and they need to start making games again!!

      I really do like this game, and it's another I'd say every kid should have, if they're into that sort of thing of course (=

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        10.11.2008 20:59
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        A great game, shame it didn't continue on the PS2

        Spyro 3 for me is the last great Spyro game. Insomniac were great at making the Spyro games but as soon as it was sold to Sierra it just seemed to get worse and worse for me.

        Spyro 3 all starts with the dragons celebrating the 'Year of the Dragon' and it is all going well until a rabbit girl thing called Bianca goes and steals the dragon eggs along with her minions (she doesn't steal her minions) and this is where the story starts.

        You start in one of four home worlds, called Sunrise Spring Home. Each home world consists of levels which you have to enter and complete just like in previous Spyro games. But in this one you have to collect the dragon eggs by finding them in hidden locations or completing missions. You still collect gems around the place, these are used to pay Moneybags who is a character in the game who charges Spyro different amounts of gems to enter different places.

        In this game, you can also play as other characters other than Spyro. These are Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. Byrd as flying penguin type thing, Bentley the Yeti and Agent 9 a space monkey thing. You can also play as Sparx, Spyro's dragonfly thing in its own levels.

        After you finish each world, as you are travelling to the next world, you have to complete a boss level (unlike the first spyro where the boss levels are optional). You get dropped off on a large circle island and you have to compete against different minions of the big boss thing (a bit hard to explain what it is) she is called The Sorceress who told Bianca to get the eggs. Bianca actually starts to change sides and falls in love with Hunter, one of Spyro's friends.
        After the last world, you battle The Sorceress and once you beat her you can complete looking for any missing eggs/gems you missed first time round. And there is also a surprise regarding Moneybags (i won't spoil it for you, but it sure is good)

        This really is a good game, i loved playing this and i often go back to playing it just like the first 2 Spyro games. I recommend this game to everyone, The first 3 Spyro games are still one of my favourite games even after all these years.

        The graphics are brilliant for the age of the game, the voices are all well acted and the gameplay is excellent, much better to control than in the PS2 Spyro games.

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        26.10.2008 17:22
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        Buy its your duty

        If you liked the last spyro game you'll love this, its longer and you get other playable charcters.
        The aim like always is to get all gems, and this time you need to collect Dragon eggs which are scattered throughout the forgotten worlds-controlled by the evil scoreress.
        Sadly the enemys are repetaive agein although you do get other enemys-its mostly rynoics.
        The playable charcters are uniqe and are fun to play as, the playable charcters inculed Shella a kangaroo, Srg byrd a flying penguin, bently a yeti and Agent 9 a gun holding ape.
        As a bonus you even get to play as spark in a few Pac man based missons for eggs.
        The speedways in this game are fun and challenging, although a bit short.
        The best bits are the bosses, this game has some of the best bosses(unlike the first game the first boss isnt a sheep)
        In all Buy it if you liked Spyro 2 and try to complete it I reassure you it feels great!

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        08.03.2007 18:51
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        Year of the dragon is the best Spyro game ever!

        Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon

        This Spyro game is in my opinion the best one.

        The Story:
        Every twelve years, the Year of the Dragon festival happens. The fairies bring the new dragon eggs and dragons come from all over to celebrate the new generation.

        On the other side of the world is a kingdom that has been forgotten for so long that even the legends of the forgotten kingdom have been forgotten.

        Back in that time, a Sorceress had made all of the dragons leave her land. And now she’s sorry she did it! And not in a good way.
        When the dragons left the kingdom, all the magic in the land began to fade away. Now it’s almost gone. So the Sorceress has decided to steal this year’s new dragon eggs- all 150 of them!


        There are playable characters in this game, such as hunter, who was only in the speedways of the original Spyro game- but was really introduced in Spyro 2. There is also Sheila the kangaroo, Agent 9, and Sergeant Byrd. I thought Hunter’s, Sheila’s, and Byrd’s tasks were easy, but Agent 9’s tasks were very difficult.

        Sparks even is able to play a real part in this game! He has four worlds all to himself. Each of these worlds has a boss and all are very difficult to get through. When Sparks finishes one of the worlds, he is rewarded with an egg and with a new ability! New abilities include one more hit, pointing out gems you miss, and being able to pick out gems from father away!
        If I didn't get the pointing out gems ability, I would have never been able to reach the bonus world.

        I liked the names of the home worlds, Sunrise Spring, Midday Gardens, Evening Lake, and Midnight Mountain. All named after a time of the day and beautiful nature. Nice names.

        There is a skate park in each world; you just have to find its portal in one of the levels. The skate parks are cool! It’s kind of like playing a Tony Hawk game. There is even a cheat where you can turn your skateboard into a squid!

        All worlds have a speedway where you race that speedway’s champions and do a course. This is where you get to be Hunter and have to defeat the sheep saucers, weird, huh?

        The home worlds are extremely easy, there are no enemies and there is no way at all to get killed.

        To progress to a new world, you have to defeat the boss of the world. The bosses are hard, but not very hard. Once you get the pattern of what they are doing, you can defeat them in no time. I was able to defeat one of the bosses on one try!

        There is one world in this game, Frozen Altars, where you are given breath ability, ice breath. This breath ability can only be used in this level. You cannot flame creatures here, they either have to be frozen and charged, or burned up with the giant magnifying glasses on top of the towers. This level can be a little difficult.
        The breath abilities were later misused in “Enter the Dragonfly” and “A New Beginning.”
        Frozen Altars also features Yeti boxing! There are 2 eggs in the boxing ring. The first one was gotten on one try. To get the second one, you have to go through 3 rounds against the other yeti. On the second try, I defeated the other yeti in 2 rounds! This earned me a skill point.

        Skill points are given for certain tasks. Like flaming all of the trees in a level, or defeating the yeti in 2 rounds.
        Do all of these tasks and there will be a new area opened up in the atlas which should show cool, new behind the scenes things!
        I haven’t yet got all of the skill points, so I don’t know what you get to see.
        Some skill points are difficult to do, while others were done by accident! For a complete list of skill points, visit www.spyroforum.com

        If you get all of the gems and eggs, you will be able to enter a whole new world!
        The Bonus World has a skate park, an area that is somewhat like a speedway, and a boss

        After you defeat the Sorceress, you get to make that greedy bear, Moneybags give back all of the gems he made you give him.
        This can be real fun as Moneybags is a real pain!
        Getting your gems back is easy, you chase Moneybags around like a thief (wonder where they got that idea!), but you have to hit him several times. When you hit him, a stream of gems comes from him to you.
        When he has no more gems, an egg will appear. Making 6 eggs in Midnight mountain home world.

        The side games were really fun! A few were really easy, but most were really hard.

        As with all play station games, I could see through the walls at times.
        I found no glitches that affected my game play.

        I did find one world that where I somehow wound up with 301/300 gems!

        This game can be found on Ebay for 1 pound ($2) + shipping or less

        Rated for everyone, I agree, as this game is gentle enough for even the youngest minds.

        Copywrite Stephanie A. Smith, 2007

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          30.06.2003 19:39
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          Spyro the Dragon burst onto the PlayStation back in late 1998. This cute 'n' colourful platformer provided the most free-roaming levels sinc the release of Gex 3D, more than a year earlier. Most gamers settled on the opinion that whilst it looked great and was good fun, it was lacking in long-term appeal. Not long after Spyro's first adventure was released, Crash Bandicoot 3 came along and packed a graphical, playability and longeivity triple punch and it seemed that the cuddly purple dragons fifteen minutes of fame were up. A sequel was announced. More fun-but-shallow platforming we thought. How wrong. Spyro 2: Gateway To Glimmer appeared and against all expectations, blew the Bandicoot out of the water. Better graphics, more abilities and a bigger challenge - it was stunning. 2001 and one PSOne outing for Spyro, and as the developers threw everything into the project, it really did prove to be the year of the dragon. The biggest mis-conception about Spyro 3 is that it is a 'kids game'. What do people mean when they say that? Is it the cuteness they pretend they can't take? Perhaps they won't think the game will be very good value? Well, if thats you reason then I can tell you now I don't think I've ever played another platformer as much as this one - and I've played plenty. So the story goes that the faeries of the dragon world are gathering up a whole load of dragon eggs in which they will be used to celebrate the 'year of the dragon' - an event that happens every twelve years. The slight snag is, after thieves sent by the Sorceress (boo, hiss!) try to steal the eggs, a sturggle ensues. The 150 or so eggs get scattered across four worlds and dozens of levels and guess what? Its your job to get 'em all back! The extent to which the third game has expanded is not all that noticable in the beginning. The first level once again sees you play as Spyro, with a similar look and i
          dentical controls to previous efforts - you can still jump, glide, swim, charge, blow flames and interact with a ton of wacky characters. However, it isn't long before it steps up a gear - Spyro frees a Kangaroo imagenatively-named Sheila, and rather than simply rewarding you with an egg for your going to the trouble, she has a bunch of her own adventures to contend with. It doesn't stop with her though, she is followed by the charasmatic Sgt. Byrd, a Bond-alike bird with a missile launcher. Next up there's Bentley, a beefy creature with a huge club; Agent 9, a space-monkey with a ray-gun and Spyro's old pal Sparx the Dragonfly even gets his own set of retro-orientated levels. Whats really impressive is how each of the sub-characters' levels are designed - testing their special abilities and the player's brains to get out of some tricky predicaments. Sgt. Byrd's levels are tailor-made to his flying ability - you can fly up really high and the view of the whole level, considering its on the 32-bit PlayStation, is frankly jaw-dropping. Agent 9, the monkey with the ray-gunhas the luxury of two lightgun style aim-the-cross-hair-as-the-screen-moves levels (one with a wild west theme) and even a first-person shoot 'em up level (in the style of Quake, only brighter and less gory) which is incidently a lot smoother and more playable thanmost full games of this type. In my opinion, the cuteness and humour is judged brilliantly. Sure, it's the type of thing kids love because of the cuddly animated characters and voiceovers, but there is also a little wit here and there that never fails to bring a smile. The humour is heightened by the ridiculous mini-games on offer; shooting dinosaurs in the wild-west; protecting a ballet dancer from a team of angry ice-hockey players and even boxing with a yeti all seem fairly tame next to the all-new Spyro take on Ice-Hockey. The idea is that Spyro plays a one-on-one with an ice-hockey
          player. First to five wins. The twist is that instead of pucks, you use cats. Thats right, you have to freeze cats in a block of ice and then skilfully manouver them into the goal. It's an absolute bugger to do, but it is just so funny. Also brand new in the third game is Spyro's mildly succesful attempt to ape Tony Hawk by having three or four skateparks with skateboard-related challenges. Whilst undeniably cashing in on the craze, you can't help but enjoy improving your high-scores and winning the one on ones. Graphically, Spyro: Year of the Dragon is totally imaculate. The animation is good throughout and as well as the levels appearing colourful and varied, there is barely a glitch in the whole game. Every part of every section is totally smooth and incredibly stylish and the sheer scale of the levels and draw-distance when you fly is something to behold. Lifespan? Plenty of that - not only the 150 or so eggs to collect but thousands and thousands of gems - all of which are needed to unlock the extra bonus levels and some are very, very well hidden. I eventually finished the game completely (114%) after three or four weeks of fairly frequent play. This is where I would usuallyput across the games poorer points but to be honest, there aren't really any to speak of. Just for the record, then - the camera system isn't perfect and it's quite similar to Spyro 2 (is that a bad thing?). You can get this for around a tenner new now and regardless of whether you own a PSOne or PS2, there is always room for this classic.

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            Spyro Year of the Dragon- one of the best games around! Aim of the Game- To rescue all of the stolen dragon eggs. Graphics- The graphics are excellent, and you don't do things like walk through trees and crash into invisible brick walls. It is 3D, so it isn't flat and gets you more into the part. Music and Sound effects- The music is REALLY corny and once it is stuck in your head, it stays there. It is a bit like the music in the other Spyro games, so it wasn't that original. The music isn't that good, but that doesn't matter because the sound effects are excellent.You actually believe that runninng water is near-by. Jokes- this game has so many people cracking jokes that the first time you hear one of them you'll be crying with laughter! They're all funny, and you can't say 'Oh, that's not funny, I've heard it before', because you haven't unless you've played the game before. Learning Curve- The learning curve is about an hour if youre new to Spyro or the PlayStation, but about 15 minutes if you've played Spyro before. Story line- The story line is easy to master, and there are little clips of footage so that you get more information about what's going on and what you are about to face. Characters- You can control many different characters which is pretty bad if your reflexes and memory aren't that good. You can control Spyro, his comapanion Sparx, Hunter the Cheetah, Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. Byrrd the Penguin, Bentley the Yeti and Agent 9 the Space Monkey. See? You're already confused! On a level, Most people look the sam, like the Rhynocs (enemies you have to defeat) and the people who talk to you and guide you through the level. On top of that, you've got three monsters, (Buzz, Spike and Scorch) and The Sorceress, which you have to defeat, and then Bianca, who basically does nothing except give you a warning that doesn't
            really put you off your quest at the beginning of each level. AND- each egg you have to find has a different name and appearance. Oh yeah, then there's Moneybags who you have to pay for different things to be done and Zoe the fairy who gives you tips and advice to help you in your quest.

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              23.07.2001 16:41
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              This has to be one of the best playstation games I have played. Spyro 1 + 2 were good, still 8/10 stuff, but Year Of The Dragon is just top. All 3 Spyro game have excellent graphics and gameplay, but 1 + 2 where over too quickly, and was too easy. Spyro 3 has lasted a lot longer, with lots of extra levels unlocked towards the end, and some puzzles that take a long time to figure out. Spyro 3 has over 25 full 3D levels, with some bonus top view levels where you play as Spyros sidekick Sparx. Not only can you play as Spyro but on selected levels you can play with 1 of another 6 different characters. Improvements from 1 + 2: The levels are harder The bosses are harder There are more mini levels The graphics are even better than they were!! I would recommend this game to people of all ages, and it has excellent replay value. My younger brother must have replayed it 3 times since Christmas!

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              03.07.2001 02:31

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              Year of the Dragon - the final Spyro game and also the best Spyro game. You think that the originality and the unflawed ATD put into Gateway to Glimmer could not get any better - well it is. The game is about a stereotypical wicked witch who snatches all the dragon eggs throughout the Dragon World and you must recover them. The system has the same as S2: GtG in a fashion of 3 worlds, 6 or 7 levels and lots of gems. Colecting all these, along with the eggs, will help you reach the end little by little. The graphics in this game are the same as Spyro 2, just a little more gone through kinda thing. Also, the gameplay is remained the same, but new moves that are mostly introduced for Sparx are brought in. This game, lifespan-wise, is big, bigger than the others, by making it even more of a challenge as you near the end. The game is very rewarding, like the others, but add-ons for rewards like extra health and gem pointers are given to you. Very helpful. So, once again, as a conclusion, this is definately an essential buy. I do play on it very often, although I havn't played it today because I got Akira which I ordered off amazon (thanks dooyoo!). Play computer games? Liked the other 2? Get this. Fantastic stuff.

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              Spyro: Year of the Dragon is the follow up to the moderately successful Spyro 1 and 2. In case you haven’t played the other two games, you control Spyro, a purple dragon, but in this outing you can also control Sheila the kangaroo, Sgt. Byrd the flying penguin, Bentley the yeti (!), Agent 9 the monkey (he looks like something from Planet of the Apes) and even Spyro’s best buddy Sparx, all at different stages in the game. These extra characters certainly add a lot to the game, especially as Spyro, in my view, doesn’t really have enough moves. There are also tons of other non-playable characters that you can talk to, interact with, and even race against, throughout your adventure. The aim of the game is to recover a brood of dragon eggs that have been stolen, and these eggs can be achieved in various ways. Some are easy to find, others are well hidden throughout the many, many levels, and others can be won by completing mini-games. These mini-games are brilliant and bring a lot of variety to the game – they include skateboarding (admittedly it’s quite simplistic), shooting galleries, boxing and the excellent speedway levels (races on land and in the air). As I said before, there are loads of levels so getting all the eggs is a real challenge for any gamer. There are also thousands of crystals scattered about which you must collect to get play certain levels, and when you finally have all the eggs and crystals there is a super-secret bonus level to reward you – it’s well worth all the effort. Spyro: Year of the Dragon succeeds where its predecessors failed, and in my view it is the best platform game available for the PlayStation. Admittedly, like all the PSX’s other platformers, it fails to match the amazing Mario 64 in terms of polish and invention, but is still a very worthwhile purchase. Heartily recommended! (Sssshhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but if you do buy the game here’
              s a tip: on the title screen hold L1 and R2, and then press  to access a secret playable demo of Crash Bash!)

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              At first glance this might appear to be another cutesy platformer for little kids. However, once you start playing you realise how wrong you were! Spyro has a lot of attitude for a dragon so small, and the frequent cut scenes had me sniggering, and occasionally rolling on the floor! The difficulty level seems just about right, increasing as your skills increase, and continually presenting you with exciting challenges. However, there is the odd pixel perfect jump required which can have you pulling your hair out! The graphics are absolutely great, with the purple dragon looking gorgeous, and all of the levels being rich in colour. The animation is faultless, with all of the movements of the characters being smooth and fast. The control system is pretty standard, but the button placements are intuitive and easy to reach in a panic! Aside from a couple of gripes, this game is a great platformer, appealing to all ages. It’s both fun and funny, and well worth it’s price tag. However, from my memories of the original Spyro the Dragon, it seems quite similar, so if you have either of the first two games it might not appeal unless you are a die hard fan.

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              This is the third in a trilogy of PlayStation platform games starring the young fire-breathing dragon "Spyro". In this third adventure, there haven't been many technological advances since the last episode (Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer), but there have been some new twists to the gameplay. Is this game then any better than the last two? STORLINE / CHARACTERS ====================== The scene is this: an evil sorceress, living in the "Forgotten Worlds", has captured 150 dragon eggs to help her in some obscure spell. Her army of Rhynocs is also creating a lot of discomfort for the people of these worlds. Spyro is given the job of getting those eggs back and helping the inhabitants to get rid of the Rhynocs. In return, the inhabitants build a craft for Spyro to advance to the next world. Obviously, the sorceress isn't having that, and decides to send out her apprentice, Bianca to try and stop him. Just like in Spyro 2, the plot is very much an essential element of the game - you're constantly reminded of your quest by the use of cut-scenes (which are triggered once you finish a certain number of levels or capture a certain number of eggs). The characters also help - Spyro 3 is much more character-based than any of the other 2 games are. Your main character is obviously Spyro, but now you get to control 4 new characters at certain points in the game. There's Sheila the Kangaroo (reaches places dragons can't reach), Sgt Byrd the Penguin (the only penguin that can fly and fire missiles), Bentley the Yeti (has a club and isn't afraid to use it), and Agent 9 the Space Monkey (very trigger-happy). These characters are first unlocked by buying their freedom (using gems you collect around the world) from Moneybags, and old character from Spyro 2. Then, you can play their home level or play bonus levels inside Spyro's bigger levels (really fun bonus levels include boxing with Bentley, a "Doom"-sty
              le game with Agent 9, and a Crash Bandicoot clone with Sheila). A few old faces from Spyro 2 pop up as well, namely Moneybags the greedy Bear, Hunter the Cheetah (who teaches you many tricks - see later), and a few old inhabitants of Spyro 2 worlds. This adds to the storyline, because it reinforces the idea that the worlds in Spyro 2 and 3 are belong to the same universe (or something like that...). Spyro 1's fault was that it didn't have any inhabitants, making the worlds bare. You can also talk to just about every person in the game, adding an RPG flavour to it (RPG stands for Role-Playing Game). A very important character who has always appeared in the Spyro games is Sparx the Dragonfly. Sparx keeps following you around, and changes colour according to how many times you've been hit by enemies. If Sparx flies away and you're hit again, you lose a life. Of course, you can flame little animals such as frogs to release butterflies, which are then promptly eaten by a hungry Sparx. This recharges Sparx's health. Sparx also (for the first time) gets to play his own little levels. These top-down scrolling levels help Spyro gain an egg and help Sparx gain a new ability (such as pointing out treasure or taking one more hit for Spyro). GRAPHICS / SOUND ================= As with all Spyro games, the worlds have been made with forethought and good planning. The graphics in this Spyro look even better than before (even though the game uses the same engine from the Spyro 2 game), thanks to the way the levels have been drawn. The textures (i.e., walls, floor, and ceiling) are spot on, without being too detailed or repetitive. As with all Spyros, the levels are filled with "nice touches" - for example, when you walk on wooden bridges, you can hear it creaking. The good use of textures is also important for discovering the many secrets in the game. In some cases, you should look at the walls for "tell-tale signs" s
              uch as an "X" marked on the wall, or lots of cracks - these indicate that you should ram the wall to break it. Let's face it, the Spyro series was meant for kids. It was designed with young people in mind, and the lush, colourful, cartoony graphics reflect this. It really is a delight to watch! The sky in the worlds is also made in a special way - the sky totally encapsulates all of the worlds, so that if you move, the sky changes accordingly. Another important thing about how the levels are made is that just about every single level is on an a very high island (or islands), the bases of which aren't visible due to the fog that delimits the end of the world (if you can see it, it means you're falling from the world and that you're about to lose a life). The music, composed (as ever) by Stewart Copeland, complements the gameplay well (not being too loud, but suiting very well as background music), even though in certain worlds it could complement the style of the level a bit better. The sound effects are also good (each type of enemy has different sounds), and sometimes reveal a secret (for example, the can give away hidden enemies). GAMEPLAY ========= To control Spyro and the other characters, you can use a Dual Shock joypad. The analogue sticks work very well in controlling Spyro, due to the entirely 3D nature of the game. The Dual Shock also vibrates when you bump into something, or when you get hit by an enemy. However, I personally prefer using the normal digital controls when controlling Supercharging Spyro (see later). In Spyro 3, you have 3 main objectives: 1) Collect eggs 2) Collect treasure 3) Get bonus skill points 1) COLLECT EGGS Eggs are reasonably hard to find - you'll find some of the first ones right in front of you, but as the game progresses, they get harder and harder to find. You might bump into some accidentally, but the only other ways are to disco
              ver secrets of complete tasks. Tasks are set by the inhabitants of each of the worlds, and can vary from just finishing the level (i.e. getting from start to finish), to winning a cat hockey match, to shooting parachuting monsters. The variety of these mini-games is admirable, and makes for a very fun and diverse game. Another way to get eggs is to take part in Speedway circuits, winning races (for an important note, please see "The Speedway Bug" below). Hunter also has some eggs. He'll give them to you for learning new abilities such as gliding and hovering, or for beating him in a 1-on-1 challenge at... skateboarding! Seriously, the 3 skateboarding mini-games are probably the best you'll get in the game - while the tricks available are limited and the physics aren't very precise at all, it's great fun and should not be missed. 2) COLLECT TREASURE Treasure is somewhat easier to find than eggs. Treasure comes in the form of sparkling gems, some scattered around the level at random, and some hidden away in baskets. You should also kill each enemy to get the gem they're guarding. Gems are also essential for paying Moneybags - he'll be around in certain levels, just itching to offer you his services for... a "small fee". Unfortunately it's not possible to complete the game without his services, even though it's nice to tell him to get stuffed once in a while... 3) GET BONUS SKILL POINTS Skill points are blue butterflies which, when eaten by Sparx, recharges health completely and adds a life. Skill points are obtained by doing very secret things, such as crashing into a well-hidden wall, jumping onto an "impossible" ledge, or beating a record on the skateboard levels. Skill points are very difficult to get, and add life to the game. Blue butterflies are also obtained by flaming 10 little animals (those who recharge Sparx's health). Spyro can not only walk and jump, but h
              e can glide (to get down from a high ledge) and charge (ram into things). Throughout the game he also learns new abilities, such as the headbash and supercharge (a faster and more powerful version of the charge). By going through portals, he can also gain temporary abilities, such as invulnerability (useful for swimming through acid), flying (not just gliding), and superflame (sends out a ball of burning fire from Spyro's mouth). Thanks to such diversity of movement, the lifespan of Spyro 3 is elongated. Many of the apparently easy levels remain uncompleted until you learn a new move in a later level. This said, the game is quite easy - it can be completed within a month, no problem. This is true for most experienced gamers, who, while finding the Spyro trilogy fun, will also find it ultimately simple. While some parts of the game are quite difficult (for example, the "Doom" and destruction hovercraft mini-games), we must not forget that the game was designed for younger elements of our society, and so is deliberately easy. Adults who aren't usually very good at videogames might like to try it (although some, like my Dad will never manage to complete it...). CONCLUSION =========== To summarise, then: ++ GOOD ++ + Great levels and mini-games + Colourful graphics + Lots of variety in gameplay -- BAD -- - Too easy - Voices could be more convincing - The Speedway bug (see below) I personally like games with a cartoony feel to them, but I do believe that Spyro is a bit too easy. It's a great load of fun, so I would recommend it, but if you're an experienced gamer, don't expect it to last very long. THE SPEEDWAY BUG ================= In the first edition of the game, the programmers left in a little bug (a bug in computer terms is an unwanted effect) that may or may not prevent you from completing the game. The bug is this: In the Speedway levels, if
              you try to race (i.e. not fly through the obstacles or find Hunter), and quit before you win, the next time you try and win you will not be awarded an egg (the game thinks you already have it). IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED IT YET: You *must* win the race first time round. If you can't, switch off your PlayStation to avoid saving. IF YOU HAVE PLAYED IT: Either start a new game avoiding the problem, or ring up Sony Technical Support and tell them that you've got the bug. If they ignore the existence of it, demand to speak with a supervisor and get them to give you their postal address. You should post your memory card with the Spyro saved game on it and they'll add the missing eggs for you free of charge.

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                If you are familiar with the Spryo history, then Spryo YOTD, is pretty much the same basis. Our intrepid hero, back after a well deserved break, Flies to a new world.....with.........yes you guessed, more danger, more enemies, more treasures, more secrets. No longer do you have to free the dragons, now you are challenged to free the dragon eggs, which have been stolen by the evil Sorceress for her evil majic! To retrieve the eggs, and make the worlds safe once more you have to work your way through the four worlds. In each world are several "mini" worlds, all with a different theme. The usual treats await you, collect all the treasure to get to other levels, or to reach places Spryo could otherwise not get to. There is an atlas of the worlds to check your progress at any given time, which wil tell you how many eggs there are to find, and how much treasure, but beware, even though it may say %100 completed level, on one or two levels, there is an extra egg and treasure to find. In each level, there are also bewtween, 1 and 3 portals, where you have to do a task. In some of these levels you are another character, one of Spyros freinds, and in some it is the usual "Speedway tests". In the Speedway tests once you have completed the tasks, take a fly round to see if you can see Hunter, Spryos friend from the previous game. He will be hiding behind something, (shan't tell you what, I'll let you seek him out) and it doesn't say on your Atlas that this egg is in here, untill you have completed it. Also, on the last level, when you think you have completed it, kep returning, because the bear, that keeps taking all you treasure will be wating again, only this time you can give him a run for your money......literally. The game is much better than the previous two, although to be fair, there are only a few things different, such as being another character, and the portals. It is harder in some parts, but yo
                u will have great fun, you can go skateboarding, racing, flying, shooting. A personal favourite of mine is when you are Agent 9. A monkey with a gun! As usual be aware of any secrets. On this game you get skill points for various things. Look out for tiny cracks on the walls or on ice that you bash through, have a look around in places, anywhere, you never know where you will get a skill point. I got several and I still don't know why on some of them, but hey......I got them! If you are tempted to just do the whole thing as quick as you can, don't. By getting all the Gems and eggs in all the worlds you will be transported to yet another level.I haven't reached it myself yet, still got 3,000 gems to get and 34 eggs! But I'll let you know when I do ;-) The music is not at all annoying, as can be on some games, and the last level alone is brilliant.(well, if you like games music LOL) The scenery is brilliant, and the camera angles fantastic. All in all, very much the same as the previous two games but with more fun, and more variety. Highly addictive.

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                  If Spyro 1 was cute but easy and Spyro 2 was harder but duller, the Spyro 3 is everything that they both wanted to be! When a wicked sorceress (and her pretty young trainee!) steals the baby dragon eggs from the sleeping dragons of Avalar, Spyro is put on the case. Accompanied by Zoe and Hunter from the previous games, along with constant companion Sparx the Dragonfly, he sets of to recover the missing babies, and a good few gems, too. The place where most cute platformers fall down is with the plot – there usually isn’t one. But no one told the makers of the Spyro series. Year of the dragon has a plot better than most Hollywood blockbusters, with complex twists and turns that Stephen King would be jealous of! A vast array of humorous and attractive bit players support the pleasant purple beast, from ranging those that only speak in haiku to panda’s that just want to get home after a long day in the bamboo fields to those doing Matrix style action sequences! One of the best, and most publicised, aspects of the game is when Spyro takes a rest and lets some of the other playable characters take over. While swapping controls to Sheila the kangaroo, Sgt Byrd and other is at first more difficult than it should be, you soon learn, and I can honestly say that controlling the Kangaroo is one of the best experiences I have had in any game I’ve played: it truly feels right, and I cannot begin to imagine how much work has gone into that. Even the flight levels – the things that I hated about the first two games – are better this time round, with more structure and different challenges, all narrated by Sparx! As ever, the sound is great – the voices are funny and accurate and the music is unobtrusive, funky and (dare I say it?) catchy. The camera work is also good – there are very few moments when the camera gets stuck, a problem that blights far too many games. With beautiful
                  surroundings, including sunsets that any fine artist could be jealous of, and a fantastic array weird and wonderful characters pushing the aging PlayStation engine to it’s limits, Spyro: Year of the Dragon, is possibly one of the nicest looking games you will ever see. Detailed and intricate, the worlds are packed and full of adventure, with eggs and gems hiding out where you least expect them to be. Spyro 3 is, without doubt, one of the best games I have ever played. It’s constantly interesting and every challenge is different, unlike some games where you can spend the whole thing repeating the same three actions over and over. It’s also really funny: subtle little parts of the dialogue made me laugh a lot, and the comic characters and their actions are worthy of any cartoon – the makers of Pokemon could learn a lot from this! If you are in the games shop, looking to spend some of your hard-earned DooYoo miles, then don’t ignore Spyro simply because he looks young: do that and you’ll miss one of the best, if not THE best, PlayStation games this year.

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                  The diminutive purple dragon returns in Spyro: Year of the Dragon for more adventures packed with new playable characters and mini-games. Featuring a total of 37 huge levels, Spyro's latest adventure is realized through sharp and colorful graphics and the classic game action that has made Spyro a PlayStation favorite.