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Spyro: Season of Ice

Spyro: Season of Ice is the first Spyro game to appear on the GBA. The first Spyro game to be made by a developer other then Spyro's creators Insomniac Games, Digital Eclipse have done a decent enough job on this game to make it playable and replayable.

Season of Ice takes you, as Spyro, to the Fairy Realms in order to save them from an evil menace. Set shortly after Year of the Dragon, Season of Ice continues with a slightly linked story but really it's not the greatest story you'll have ever encountered.

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North America Oct 30th 2001 European Union Nov 16th 2001
Spyro Advance
Japan Dec 26th 2002

The Story

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

After the defeat of the Sorceress, many of her old Rhynoc minions were left out of work or had to take less-than-ideal day jobs. None more so than Grendor, the Rhynoc librarian at the Grand Central Dragon Realms library. A small, meek figure, Grendor never made the cut into the Rhynoc army and desperately longed for a career change.

One day, Bianca spent a few hours in the library researching ideal vacation spots for a trip she was planning for Spyro, Hunter and herself. With all the travel books, Bianca mistakenly left the Sorceress' Spell book behind. Finding the book, Grendor was inspired by an ingenious plan. Flipping through the pages, he found himself a transformation spell to change his meager frame into a towering mass of muscle and brainpower! Wasting no more time, he read the spell aloud; too hasty even to notice the book was turned upside down. Grendor wound up with bulk and brainpower all right, but in the form of two heads, and a migraine in both of his thick skulls.

And here's my description of the opening part to the game...

The camera zooms in to see Spyro, Hunter and Bianca relaxing on a beach somewhere, probably Dragon Shores, when Hunter suddenly sees something in the sky. He thinks it's a flying sheep saucer but Spyro recognises it as a balloon. Bianca catches it and reads the note attached to it. The note is from Zoe and reads: 'Dear Spyro, I'm using every last drop of my magic to send you this message. Someone has cast a powerful spell over the Fairy World and, freezing fairies in Ice Crystals. And we can't get out! Now, the Rhynocs are back and collecting fairies one by one. I wish I knew what they were up to. Please come back before it's too late.' Spyro decides to go help the fairies and Bianca says she'll go off and check her spell book for something to help.

Hunter mentions that she hasn't been carrying the Spell Book for a few days which is news to Bianca but she finds out that she no longer has it on her. She realises that she must have left it in the library when she got the travel book for their vacation. As she sets off to find her book, Hunter, Spyro and Sparx head off to help the fairies.

The Controls

Spyro the Dragon
A Jump. Press again when in the air to glide. Press again whilst in glide to hover and end the glide.
B Flame
R Charge
Start Bring up the start menu
Select Open the Atlas

Gems are once again the currency of the world, and once again you'll be needing to collect it all to get 100% completion.

Gem Colour Gem Value
Red 1
Green 2
Purple 5
Yellow 10

Gems are once again in the same places as usual. In flammable baskets, chargeable vases, locked chests, inside Rhynocs and just lying around on the ground.


And as usual Sparx is Spyro's health meter.

Sparx Colour Hits Left
Yellow 4
Blue 3
Green 2
None 1

To regain Sparx's health just flame a small animal such as a sheep that will give out a butterfly. Each butterfly will regain one health point.

Progress Saving

Strangely enough, for a world filled entirely with fairies, there are no progress saving fairies in the whole game. None. So every time you die, you'll be taken all the way back to the start of the level and have to redo everything except collecting gems and freeing fairies.

Well, that's enough of that then. On to the walkthrough, getting started with Autumn Fairy Home.

#546 FirstMaple 21:43:02 06/07/2021
#545 Jaggedstar 00:06:34 11/02/2021
ily spyro xx
#544 G Hypernova 22:53:50 29/01/2021
The isometric view combined with the demanding difficulty made me cry blood...

Killer music though, despite the hardware limitations...
#543 Spiros 08:57:48 16/01/2020
I bought a used GBA just so I could play this game when it first came out. A week later, I chucked said GBA straight into a wall after failing Aqua Speedway right at the end for the nth time.

Don not buy this game.

For the record, I was aiming to throw it at a couch pillow, but it slipped out of my hands at the last second (all that rage-sweat!) and smacked the wall about two inches above the cushion, smashing the LCD screen to bits.

I despised ETD and orange strongly enough to give up on the series back in the day, but neither of those games cost me an entire system.

For anyone who missed the game, but is still curious, do not under any circumstance give money for this game. Play it on an emulator. It does not deserve any better.

#541 SpyroTh3Dr4gon 05:33:09 20/09/2017
I'm currently playing the Japanese version, also known as Spyro Advance (Spyro Adubanchu) which has a map on SELECT and a checkpoint system with each and every fairy you rescue in EVERY level in the game. It's the best version of the game for me, because of all of those necessary changes.
#540 spyrothe111 22:02:55 15/08/2016
Ah the pain this game gave me a few summers ago, it was a joy to finally beat it. smilie
#539 ghostfury 16:17:57 08/07/2016
My most detested Spyro GBA game
It was too hard
Too dull
Not enough story to captivate me
It was all round a meh game
#538 IJAITEE31TNT 22:09:52 24/02/2016
This game is refreshing even if not that good and fun. It could be that this is a distinct installment or how refreshing the music is. It could be because I am not used to hearing about Spyro: Season Of Ice. In addition it is so similar to the P. S. 1 games that it even brings back small details like gold vases with a question mark which is a good thing.
#537 Alydol 23:40:17 14/01/2016
I never got this game smilie it's the only spyro consolet game I don't have

#536 JamesFakeman 11:45:30 02/01/2016
15th anniversary is coming! Pretty underrrated game! It is awesome, though it has some flaws...
#534 Arc of Archives 03:15:06 06/09/2015
Terrible game. Controls feel rubbish, especially with that perspective, dragging down a game which was not really fun or creative in the first place.
#533 VioletEevee 09:50:24 27/08/2015
Ah this game, I never finished this one but it was one of my first Spyro games.<3
Good gosh, I hate playing as Sparx though... That stupid grasshopper/cricket boss was hard when I was younger.
#532 Boomer05 15:35:02 01/07/2015
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