My favourite game of all time is Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage. You may know it as Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer, as it’s known in Europe. For simplicity’s sake, I will refer to this game by it’s North American name.
The original Playstation trilogy of Spyro games were Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon. These games were my childhood and shall forever remain wonderful. Let me go through this trilogy and give my thoughts. This post may also work as a review.
Spyro the Dragon was a collectathon. That is to say: the entire point of the game was to collect everything. You could go through the game while missing entire stages, but that defeats the point. Every time you start up Spyro, you go for 100%. (Better yet, 120%. *Wink.*) This first game in the trilogy was the most simple of the three and all the better for it. This did not mean that it wasn’t difficult or thoughtful; it was certainly a challenge at (very few) times, but even then it wasn’t any Crash Bandicoot. There are six homeworlds, which lead to realms themed after their homeworlds. Every world is filled with enemies and treasure. There are a few flight stages, oddities where you fly, trying to get some targets.
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage added minigames (besides flight stages) to the mix and spruced up the palette. The homeworlds now contain no enemies and their realms are not themed after their homeworld. This entry in the series is my favourite in no small part because of the second of the three homeworlds: Autumn Plains. You’ll see what I mean when you get there. The story is also upgraded and Ripto is a great villain.
Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon is very alike to Spyro 2. The difference is that this third game focuses far too much on minigames, in my opinion. I absolutely love a lot of the worlds, but the large focus on minigames sours my taste of it. Still, absolutely worth playing. Also, the stage that I love most here is Fireworks Factory, in case you were wondering.
After this great trilogy, the Spyro brand was handed off to another developer, exchanging hands many times for many different results. Speaking of which, let me make a PSA: THE LEGEND OF SPYRO TRILOGY AND SKYLANDERS SERIES ARE NOT SPYRO. Thank you for your time.
P.S. The Legend of Spyro is still pretty good imo, but I’ve only played the first in that series. Maybe if I manage to play the rest of those games, I’ll review those.
My rating for all three of the Spyro trilogy: 120%