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Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer

Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer, or as it's also known, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, was the second Spyro game to appear. And as with Spyro the Dragon, this was a PlayStation exclusive.

This second game in the original trilogy, takes Spyro from his home in the Dragon Realms, to a distant unknown land of Avalar. Here Spyro meets plenty of new friends as well as some enemies too. He also learns some brand new moves to boot.

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer Spyro X Sparx: Tondemo Tours
North America Nov 2nd 1999 European Union Nov 5th 1999 Japan Mar 16th 2000

The Story

Here's the official word on the story from the SpyrotheDragon.com website:

Spyro decided to take a holiday to Dragon Shores. He invited his best friend Sparx to join him and together the duo soared through a magic gateway, off for a well-earned vacation. They were going to rest up from their victory over Gnasty Gnorc in their first adventure. But fate was about to throw a wrench in their travel plans.

Far away, the bitter and twisted Ripto, a dinosaur-riding troublemaker, along with his henchmen Crush and Gulp, had taken control of the beautiful land of Avalar. Ripto was a classic example of the "Napoleon Complex" - a little guy who felt he must take on the world - frustrated, short tempered and spiteful. Having stolen a magic sceptre, he was using his new-found power to pick on everyone and generally spoil the peace and quiet of Avalar. He was making life miserable with his magical spells...

The Controls

All controls are the same whatever level you are in, and here they all are:

XJump. Press again when in the air to glide.
SquareCharge
CircleFlame
TriangleLook around in front of you/Stop glide (when gliding)
R1/L1Spin camera Right/Left
R2/L2Spin camera right/left
STARTAccess the pause menu
SELECTView Gems, Lives, Kills and Collection
D-Pad/Left Analog StickMove around
L1+L2+R1+R2Sparx will point at the closest gem
X then TrianglePeform Headbash (Only works if you've bought the skill)

The gems have changed a little from the previous game. They are now more shaped then before and one has been changed colour completely.

Gem ColourGem Value
Red1
Green2
Purple5
Yellow10
Pink25

They also now come in different containers. Flamable Baskets, Chargeable Vases, Exploding Vases, Unbreakable Chests, Headbash Chests and just lying about on the floor. You will no longer get gems from killing things as they will only release Spirit Particles now.

Gameplay Basics

Here are a few things that you should know before playing this game:

  • You are in a different world than in Spyro the Dragon, and as such, all the creatures you will meet are new
  • When you kill something, no longer will it spew a gem, it will release a spirit particle. This life force can activate a powerup when you reach a certain number of kills in that level
  • No more Dragon freeing, here you collect Talismans and Orbs
  • All butterflies will now be eaten by Sparx, whether or not he's hungry
  • There is now a special blue butterfly which both fully heals Sparx and gives Spyro an extra life
  • You will be set many challenges in the game to earn the Orbs
  • Due to this, the citizens of Avalar are a lot more talkative then anyone in the Dragon Realms

Now it's time to get started with the game:
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Comments
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#30 me 20:53:47 17/07/2006
Well... I like Spyro's pose.
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#29 Dancinkayley 05:08:17 17/07/2006
I was thinking... what's so good about GtG's cover art? That's like common here, I've never seen Ripto's Rage... I reckon Ripto's Rage icon is nice though, though you're wondering, what's so good about it?
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#28 me 20:59:35 06/07/2006
GTG's COVER ART IS SOOOOO COOL!!! I WISH AMERICA'S THAT AWESOME.
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#27 eddie 12:46:03 24/06/2006
i got spyro to finish the game
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#26 Umbra 00:56:11 22/06/2006
Gateway to Glimmer only describes the first part of the game, which is the fact that Spyro got transported to Glimmer instead of Dragon Shores, which was intended. Ripto's Rage, on the other hand, describes how Ripto is in a rage from when they bring a dragon (Spyro) into Avalar. The latter is my personal favroite because it decribes the game in whole, not just one part of it.
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#25 Blacksheep 21:48:35 17/06/2006
I have to admit I loved this game. It was short but fun
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#24 Blacksheep 21:36:15 17/06/2006
The name of this game kind of screwed me up when I needed help. I guess Gateway to Glimmer makes more sence since that is....where he goes instead of to his vacation spot. But then again....its about Ripto
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#23 Kristopher Daglish 20:12:28 17/06/2006
this is my favourite character [ smilie ]
this is my favourite villian [ smilie ]
this is my least favourite character [ smilie smilie ]
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#22 red spyro 23:50:15 16/06/2006
this is my favorit hero smiliethis is my favorit villian smilie shes my fovorit tosmilie
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#21 Ember 20:24:06 09/06/2006
Heheh, this part is my fav...LOVE smilie
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#20 bahamutjedi 14:09:17 09/06/2006
Well, one of my first video games I ever played. And a good nostalgic one. smilie still isn`t a very good villain, he has grown a bit annoying. smilie was probably the least annoying in A Hero`s Tail, but here he was a pompous miser. The speedways were the best, but where were the skateboarding session, Red, smilie flight levels, Ember`s flirts and the comical Dragon Elders?
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#19 ih8u2 10:59:19 09/06/2006
in USA and Canada, but other countries have different names for it.
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#18 Dragon 18:39:01 07/06/2006
Aint the game called riptos rage?
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#17 me 13:59:16 07/06/2006
i LOVE smilie

my favorite villian smilie

my favorite character (other than smilie and smilie ) smilie


smilie
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#16 ih8u2 23:42:12 24/04/2006
If you buy this game, be prepared for AWESOMNESS b/c this game has AWESOME worlds. I liked it that spyro quality went up from game to game for the 1st three games, and this one had more minigames and challenges and stuff that spyro 1, and spyro 1 was good! Of course, it had its limitations, but still, fun game, especially the hockey. Oh, and the levels/ worlds are very creative, not just like "icy" place, or "mundane, mandatory, cliche, lava level". And the characters and townspeople in each level were great.
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