Today Insomniac is on the rise. In the last 5 years, the developer has released at least two games that have been critical and blockbusters. But her story started a long time ago.
And the company’s great success came from a little purple dragon. You asked, voted and here is the Worst to Best in the franchise spyro. Here are our criteria, pay close attention:
- The grades shown are based on the grade aggregator Metacritic. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we’ll take the grades for each version and do an arithmetic average.
- We do not consider exclusives and notebook versions.
9. Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (2002) — 52 (PS2, GameCube)
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, released in 2002, came last on our list. It is the fourth major title in the franchise and the first not to be developed by Insomniac Games, which created the series. The story takes place after the events of Year of the Dragon, with Ripto disturbing an important celebration, with Spyro in charge of defeating the villain.
The gameplay of the game is very similar to its predecessors, with the player controlling the little purple dragon that can glide and attack enemies that are in the way. As a novelty, it brings several new breath attacks and a defensive move.
The game was poorly rated by reviewers, criticized for its short duration, its controls, long loading times, numerous bugs and very little originality. Your grade is 52.
8. The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (2007) — 57 (PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance)
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, released in 2007, is part of the trilogy The Legend of Spyro, this being the second game. Its events follow those of The New Beginning, with Gaul, the Monkey King, wanting to revive his master Dark Master, it being Spyro’s task to prevent this from happening.
Just like its predecessor, there are several breath attacks available, which can be 4 different elements, which must be used to defeat different opponents. During gameplay, it is possible to learn the skill “dragon time”, which slows down time and facilitates both the platform parts and battles.
The combat is fun, especially in the slow motion parts and special attacks, and the soundtrack is amazing, but the difficulty is fickle, the controls are pretty weird, and the slow motion mechanics are very poorly balanced. Your grade is 57.
7. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (2008) — 61.6 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, released in 2008, is the third game in the trilogy The Legend of Spyro. Its story takes place 3 years after the events of The Eternal Night, with Spyro and Cynder having to defeat the villain Dark Master, who managed to return and cover the entire land with darkness.
This is the first game in the franchise that allows the player to fly at any time, it has a coop gameplay with the two protagonists, being possible to change characters whenever you want, the stages are much bigger and there are armors that can be used.
For analysts, the visuals are beautiful, the local coop is a lot of fun and the range of elemental powers is vast, but the combat is uninteresting and even tedious, the level design is lost, the friendly AI when played solo is bad, the controls of camera are limited and the story is very little original. His grade is 61.6.
6. Spyro: A Hero’s Tail (2004) — 62 (PS2, GameCube, Xbox)
Launched in 2004, Spyro: A Hero’s Tail is the fifth flagship game in the franchise. Spyro is tasked with defeating the evil Red, a Dragon Elder banished many years before, who wants to corrupt the realms.
Much of the gameplay is the same as in previous games, with the addition of projectiles called secondary breath and the ability to jump off walls and swing from poles.
The game was heavily criticized for being more of the same, without bringing any big news to the formula that was starting to get tiring. In return, he was praised for the introduction of new characters and the large number of collectibles. Your grade is 62.
5. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (2006) — 66.6 (PS2, GameCube, Xbox, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance)
Fifthly, we have The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, released in 2006, the first of the trilogy The Legend of Spyro, which acts as a reboot for the franchise. The story focuses on the confrontation between Spyro and the Dark Master over a powerful prophecy that is about to come true.
The title has a greater focus on action than its predecessors, which had a lot of platforming elements. The character has powers divided into 4 elements, namely fire, electricity, ice and earth.
For analysts, the soundtrack is amazing, the acting, which has names like Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman, brings great depth to the characters and the new attacks are really cool, but the combat is very repetitive, the game has no ideas very original and the level design is uninspired. His grade is 66.6.
4. Spyro Reigned Trilogy (2018) — 79.95 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Spyro Reigned Trilogy, released in 2018, is a remastered collection of the first three games in the franchise: spyro the dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. It was developed by Toys for Bob, the same as Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.
While the title remains faithful to the original games, it brings several improvements, mainly graphics and camera, and mechanics that were present in one or two games, but not all, such as skill points.
The game was praised for its beautiful visuals, the animations and the personality of each character, the simplicity in gameplay without losing the fun and variety of activities to do, but the collection of items does not fit in very well with the new proposal . Your grade is 79.95.
3. spyro the dragon (1998) — 85 (PS1)
spyro the dragon, released in 1998, was the first game released in the franchise. This was the second project developed by Insomniac Games and follows the little purple dragon Spyro that must cross the entire Dragon Kingdom to defeat the evil Gnasty Gnorc.
The title is a 3D platformer with several different worlds, all wide open for exploration. Several enemies are in the way and must be eliminated with different sequences of attacks and even special moves.
Analysts highly praised the graphics, the performance on the console, the mechanics, the level design and the controls, but criticized the simplicity, the very low difficulty, the character’s limited abilities and little variety compared to other games released at the same time. Your grade is 85.
two. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! (1999) — 87 (PS1)
In second place was the second game in the franchise, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, released in 1999. In the story, Spyro is teleported by Elora the Faun, Hunter the Cheetah and the Professor to the realm of Avalar in order to defeat the evil wizard Ripto.
The title brought several new characters to the franchise, but much of the gameplay is the same as its predecessor. Among the minimum differentials are the skill points, mentioned above.
The game was praised for its challenging gameplay, visuals and story, but criticized for its somewhat generic platforming mechanics and for bringing few new features. Your grade is 87.
1. Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000) — 91 (PS1)
And we got to the first place on the podium with the third game in the series, Spyro: Year of the Dragon, released in 2000. In it, we follow Spyro who is in the Forgotten Worlds after 150 dragon eggs were stolen from his homeland.
The ultimate goal is to travel through all 37 different worlds gathering these eggs. It introduces playable characters other than Spyro called “critters”, who can be used in specific parts and have unique abilities.
The game brought significant changes to the series, mainly because of these different critters and minigames, which were extremely well-regarded by critics. Furthermore, the title has an unbelievable level design, excellent graphics and incredible acting. Year of the Dragon takes the gold medal with 91 note.