Even though the little Dodo in our logo is a cool customer, the best Spyro games show that the “world’s most popular purple person” is a certain dragon.
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If that’s not a thing, it should be…
Spyro is one of the most well-known characters in the history of video games. This little dragon is both cute and brave. Men, women, and kids of all ages love him. He is an easy-to-recognize hero and one of Sony’s most popular characters.
In the beginning, Spyro only played on the PS1. He is as much a part of the PS1 as Crash Bandicoot and Lara Croft. He is often on lists of the best PS1 games.
Since then, though, Spyro has flown away. He is now on more than one system, like the GBA, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
With so many consoles to support and so many games under his belt (if he wore one), it’s not easy to choose the best Spyro games. We all have our favourites, but Spyro fans are so loyal that it’s hard to agree on which ones are the best.
We don’t mind a challenge, though. We’ve put a list of our 12 favourite games below, along with links to where you can get them.
You can finish your collection of the best Spyro games right now, right here.
Spyro: Shadow Legacy (2005)
Let’s start with Spyro: Shadow Legacy, which is an RPG and the first game in the series to have RPG elements.
Spyro must finish quests and save his friends from the Shadow realm by using what he has learned from the dragon elders.
So, what about these aspects of RPGs?
Well, players have to do missions and fight enemies to get experience points. When they get enough points, they can level up and learn new skills.
To save the day, Spyro needs to use his flame breath, ice breath, magic, and chi.
And, like in The Witcher, players cast spells by drawing symbols on the DS touchpad. That’s so cool!
Spyro: Season Of Ice (2001)
On this list of the best Spyro games, Season of Ice comes in at number 11. You may have seen it on our list of the best Gameboy Advance games. It’s one of those games that you just can’t stop playing.
In the Spyro games, there are different versions of the past. After the first three games, Season of Ice starts a new time branch. Spyro 2: Season of Flame and Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs follow.
So, what does Season of Ice show? Well, Spyro and Sparx decide to take a well-deserved vacation, but it gets cut short. Grendor has been messing around with a book of magic spells and has turned himself into a two-headed Rhynoc.
What a bother!
In this 2.5D top-down game, Spyro must move through different levels, saving fairies and collecting jewels along the way.
This game has a lot in common with Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge, and pretty much everyone liked it. Season of Ice has a lot of colourful characters and levels, but the second and third games in the GBA series are much better.
Spyro: A Hero’s Tail (2004)
The first Spyro game to come out on Xbox was Spyro: A Hero’s Tail, but I remember it best from the PS2.
Hunter the Cheetah and the rest of the group are back to help Spyro find and beat Red, a dragon elder who was sent away. I liked that the bad guy in this game was a dragon, even if Red isn’t the most original name for a red dragon… Maybe “Scorcher” or “Flame Face” would have been more appropriate.
Fans of the original Spyro games know how important it is to find gems. In A Hero’s Tail, on the other hand, it’s less important. Gems now work like rupees in Zelda and are used as currency. They are no longer a key part of the level progression system.
I also liked that the Professor came back in this game and could help Spyro. It made me think of Banjo-Bottles Kazooie’s the Mole and Mumbo Jumbo.
One thing I will say is that it’s a lot like the first Spyro game, except for the few things I listed above. That’s why I put it at number 9 and not lower on the list.
It’s a fun game, but nothing special about it. It’s just a new take on an old idea, but it’s an idea that’s hard not to like.
The Legend Of Spyro: The Eternal Night (2007)
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night is the ninth best Spyro game on this list.
Just the voices of Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman are enough to put this game on our list. What could be better than Frodo Baggins as Spyro?
The GBA, DS, Wii, and PS2 all have games in the Legend of Spyro series. This game for the Wii blew my mind when I played it.
Spyro’s games have always been missing one thing: hard puzzles to solve. Everything felt like “get from point A to point B without dying.”
In the Legend series, exploring and figuring out puzzles are two of the most important things. It’s like Spyro watched a Zelda game being made and decided to use some of the most important parts in his own games.
Instead of only being able to use fire, our purple powerhouse (Spyro, not the GBA) learns different “breaths” as the game goes on. Use your dragon magic to breathe electric, ice, fire, or earth, or to cast powerful spells.
The graphics look better than the original PS1 games, and I really like the new feature that lets you slow down time. Overall, a typical Spyro game with enough new features to keep players interested.
Spyro: Attack Of The Rhynocs (2003)
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs is a GBA game that gets a bit of a beating, but I love it. It has a nice RPG feel and some cool inventions that make the story interesting.
Oh, and a robot bear named Butler who got out of hand.
It’s a lot like Season of Ice and Season of Flame in terms of how it’s played, but the level design gives it a slight edge over the first game in the set.
Ripto and the Professor are back in this movie, and they are both important to the plot. Expect space-time holes, warping, a fancy chateau, lava, and a lot more.
People didn’t like the RPG collecting parts of this game, but I thought they gave the game a new twist. Without it, Attack of the Rhynocs would have been the same game as the two before it, so why would you have bought it?
No, I won’t change my mind. This game belongs on our list of the best Spyro games because it’s different and creative while still feeling like an old friend.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is the first game on our list, which goes from worst to best. Even though the Skylanders name is at the top, this game was supposed to be the first in a second reboot of the Spyro series.
The game did well financially, but it didn’t get people as excited as the studios had hoped. Later, they made a direct sequel called Skylanders: Giants. You could play as Spyro in that game, but he wasn’t the main character.