Spyro

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Spyro is a purple Dragon with small wings, large, curved horns, and a spiral-shaped spike on the tip of his tail. He is smaller than most dragons, a characteristic that aids him in the first game. In the original series most dragons are depicted as mainly bipedal but Spyro is depicted as quadripedal.

Spyro is energetic and curious, with little regard for his own safety. He is also described as a courageous hero, despite his small size. Spyro is also known for his cocky attitude. The Legend of Spyro trilogy features an alternate incarnation of Spyro. In the trilogy, he is described as a compasionate young dragon, always willing to help his friends and strangers with whatever problems they may have.

In the first three games Spyro's main moves are charging, gliding and breathing fire. Games 2 & 3 introduced temporary power-ups like full flight, invincibility, and freeze breath. Later games added more moves still.

Insomniac Games, also responsible for Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, created the character, and developed the first three games in the late 90's. However, in search of more independence as developers, they left the franchise in the hands of Universal Interactive. Ever since that step, the production of subsequent Spyro games have never been smooth. Season of Ice and Season of Flame (by Digital Eclipse) for Game Boy Advance were well-received by fans, but Enter the Dragonfly (by Check Six Games) for PS2 got unanimously bad reviews from fans and critics alike, for all sorts of reasons: from gameplay, to graphics, to writing, to game-breaking bugs. A Hero's Tail released later was better received, but nowhere near the level of the original trilogy.

In 2006 the franchise got renewed with the release of The Legend of Spyro: a New Beginning, which formed the first part of The Legend of Spyro trilogy. It was followed by The Eternal Night and ended with Dawn of the Dragon. These games have their own separate continuity. The first two parts were developed by Krome Studios, while the last one by √Čtranges Libellules.

In 2011 the Spyro franchise got rebooted yet again, with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Curiously enough, this is the first game in the franchise with Spyro not being the main character, but rather one of the many "Skylanders" in the player's army.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • Stewart Copeland (drummer and founder of The Police) wrote the soundtracks for the first 3 games, as well as Enter the Dragonfly.
  • The original three Spyro games are now available for digital download via Playstation Store.
  • Dawn of the Dragon was the first Spyro game to ever be released on PS3.
  • The majority of fans of the original Insomniac-developed games do not count anything post-Season of Flame as canon.
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