Title: Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Developer: Toys for Bob
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
TL;DR: The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is truly a sight to behold with its crisp graphics, bright colors, and carefully crafted dragons. For those looking to scratch that nostalgic itch, everyone’s favorite purple dragon doesn’t disappoint. But, be warned, the controls are still on the difficult side.
Do you remember those demo discs that Pizza Hut used to hand out? That was my first introduction to Spyro. I remember playing the first world over and over again, and that didn’t stop once I finally had the full game again. The humor. The dragons. The simple yet complex level designs. Even as a kid, I loved all of these things about Spyro. So, needless to say, I was pretty excited for the remaster, and it is worth every penny!
Spyro Reignited Trilogy includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro the Dragon 3: Year of the Dragon. The developer, Toys for Bob (known for their work on Skylanders), really put some thought into the remaster. It is really beautiful to look at, and the various environments were lovingly revived with depth and bright colors. More than anything, the remaster truly brings out the personality of the game, from the voice acting to the new, unique dragons.
The best part about the Reignited Trilogy is the attention to small detail. Don’t get me wrong, it is a blast to play, but some of the best moments come from setting the controller down. Sparx, your dragonfly companion, flies up to the screen and waves at the player with a smile. Spyro sneezes in the most adorable way that it might even put your dog to shame. The way Spyro hops, glides, and charges across the lands will make you squeal with adorable delight, and Tom Kenny’s voice performance highlights the humorous, yet fierce, attitude of Spyro himself.
However, the personality doesn’t just end with Spyro. Each of the dragons you rescue has their own personalities (my personal favorite is the one who knitted himself a full-on dragon onesie), each villain was comically created with their own sets of challenges, and your additional characters -Elora, Hunter, Sgt. Bird, Sheila- are just as strong.
However, I do have one small complaint, and from what I remember, it was true of the original as well. Hitboxes on enemies and some of the controls can be a bit wonky. Having to charge for long periods of time or chasing thieves around winding hallways is aggravating to control. However, the Crash Bandicoot remaster seemed to have the same sort of problem; so, maybe, that’s just how the remaster game goes…
Final Thoughts on Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
If you’re feeling nostalgic or just looking for something to fill a few hours, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is just the thing you’re looking for. It’s super easy to pick up and play, but for you trophy hunters out there, there is definitely the possibility for some more challenging gameplay. It’s pretty to look at, it’s adorable and funny, but there are some frustrating control elements. But it’s a pretty minor complaint. So, revisit your scaly, purple friend and save the dragon world!