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Spyro: Year of the Dragon

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Spyro: Year of the Dragon Publisher: Sony
Category: Action
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: October 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

With 37 levels of intense egg retrieval action (that's sarcasm), Spyro: Year of the Dragon extends the tired tradition of collection-based game play. Gems, eggs, puzzle pieces, feathers, tokens, whatever - you can change the object, but that doesn't change the idea.

Spyro is not an original game, but for children, it's a very worthy title. Anyone 12 and under should love this game. Cartoony characters like Sheila the Kangaroo, Bentley the Yeti, a flying penguin, and a smart monkey are actually playable, adding a bit of variety.

Also adding interest are the skateboard, hovercraft, submarine, speedboat, boxing, sharp- shooting, and tank driving features. Word to the wise: face the front of the skateboard in the direction of landing as you descend from a jump or ramp.

Each Spyro game has such colorful graphics that you want to like the game. Unfortunately, no matter how much you want to like it, the game never lives up to the likes of Banjo or Mario.

Spyro doesn't turn as smoothly as the other mascots, but the developers probably did this on purpose to give Spyro his four-legged feel. Still, Spyro doesn't seem to establish a zen-like relatonship of enjoyment with the player. This year's Spyro is a quality game, but kids will like it most.

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