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Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 19 - 2019

The little dragon returns to simpler times.

 
There is something quite sad about the passing of time. For gamers who have walked the earth for a reasonable amount of years, looking back with fondness at those early gaming memories is great. However, due to the evolution of both games and hardware, younger gamers may never be able to have those same experiences. This is why remakes, remasters and re-releases can be a good idea, if properly done. Take Spyro the Dragon for example. I remember the little purple dragon as a fun platformer that a good friend became quite obsessed with. For younger gamers, Spyro was the mascot for the Skylanders, a decent series of games that may have bankrupt many parents thanks to the associated toys. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy gives those younger players, and the older ones with fond memories, a chance to experience Spyro in his original form, albeit with a new coat of paint. Xbox One and PS4 players may have been able to enjoy this remaster for nearly a year, but now the trilogy has come to Switch, potentially introducing a whole new audience to the delights or gliding around, setting things on fire, and collecting gems.

 


 
With a loving polish from developers Toys for Bob, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings together three games from twenty plus years ago, and as such expectations should be tempered. The original game, Spyro the Dragon, is Spyro at its most basic. We are talking about a game where the player would simple run through a portal from a hub area into a level, collect gems, fight some enemies and bring a dragon back to life. The bad guy was Gnasty Gnorc and the gameplay ranged from fairly simple platforming to setting fire to enemies with dragon breath, with a little flying action in-between. Spyro moves pretty quick, but lacks the nimbleness from other platformers of the time, which can make Spyro a little more less precise to control.

 
While Spyro the Dragon was the birth of the character, the second game, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! was the coming of age. Despite the age, this one has a far less retro feeling and players will have to make less concessions when playing it. Much of the game remains the same, such as the platforming and combat making up the main gameplay, and the abundance of gems to collect. But this involves a whole new world, with new creatures that are expecting Spyro to save them. The levels and hubs have grown and are far more interesting to explore now, and the gameplay becomes more varied with the occasional mini game and Spyro being much more capable to play with.

 


 
The third offering in this remastered package is Spyro: Year of the Dragon. By this point, it seemed that the original developers knew where the game was going, and so we get to see the larger hubs and levels, along with new moves for Spyro. As players collect dragon eggs this time around, the most interesting change is in the inclusion of additional playable characters. No longer will the player be stuck as the little purple dragon for the entire game. Whether that is a good thing or not comes down to how much you enjoy playing as Spyro I guess, but it adds variety if nothing else.

 
The gameplay is all fairly familiar, as players will run, jump, bash into things and set things on fire while they collect various gems, orbs or dragon eggs. The flying is a little different and can take some getting used to, but it doesn’t take long. It is all quite smooth, and gets smoother as the player works their way through the game chronologically, although they can play in any order they wish. The camera doesn’t always behave, getting a little caught up when the player is in a tight area, but these are things that have carried through from the originals, so the games still feel authentic.

 
As for the remastering, the games look great and, to be honest, the second two games hardly feel dated. The colours pop magnificently and the new smooth textures give the game a different look to how they were originally, while still maintaining Spyro’s cartoony feel. The developers have done a great job of updating the visuals, and also need to be commended on their work with the soundtrack, from which players can choose the original or the a new, more modern version. The games run great in both docked and handheld mode, although the smaller screen when playing on the actual Switch does mean they look more crisp.

 


 
As a package, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is quite a chunk of gameplay. The retro gaming has that fresh coat of paint to appeal to the new audience, while it is still easily recognisable for those looking for a nostalgic hit. It may have taken some extra time for this bundle to come to the Switch, but for Switch players it will have been worth the wait. Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings classic platforming action onto a new platform, and is a sure hit for any platforming fans out there.

 

 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 



 

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