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Spyro: Year of the Dragon

The third game in the Spyro series, and the last to be made by Insomniac Games. Spyro: Year of the Dragon is the biggest of all the Spyro games so far made. It incorporates several new playable characters as well as a new evil to fight.

In this game you play mainly as Spyro, but there are certain levels and parts of levels where you can only play as a different character. The playable characters in this game are: Spyro, Sparx, Hunter, Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd, Bently the Yeti and Agent 9.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon Spyro: Year of the Dragon
North America Oct 11th 2000 European Union Nov 10th 2000

The Story

Every twelve years, the Dragon Kingdom celebrates its most important event: the "Year of the Dragon" Festival. Fairies deliver a new batch of dragon eggs and dragons come from all around to dance and feast until everyone drops from...eggshaustion.

The Year of the Dragon is upon us again and the fairies have brought 150 eggs to the Dragon Worlds. However, unbeknownst to the celebrating dragons, a sinister plot is about to unfold...

Far away - on the opposite side of the world - lies a kingdom long since forgotten by dragonkind. So forgotten, in fact, that even the legends about these "Forgotten Worlds" have now been forgotten.

This kingdom is ruled by a mean and spiteful Sorceress who has frankly become quite fed up with being forgotten. As she sits on her forgotten throne, the Sorceress has hatched a fiendishly evil plan. A plan to restore the fading magic to her forgotten realm. A plan to conquer the dragons once and for all. All she needs is a little help from her army of horn-nosed 'rhynocs', the cooperation of her mysterious disciple Bianca and of course, those 150 magical dragon eggs.

The Controls

Spyro the Dragon
XJump. Press again when in the air to glide
CircleFlame/Spit out rock
TriangleLook around/Aim rock/Drop out of glide/Headbash when just jumped
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Spyro fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Sheila the Kangaroo
XJump. Press again when in the air to go higher. Press again the moment you land to double jump
TriangleLook around/Headbash when just jumped
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Sheila fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Sgt. Byrd
XFly, hold to go higher
SquareDrop bomb/projectile
CircleFire guns
TriangleLook around/Aim
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Sgt. Byrd fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Bentley the Yeti
CircleSpin club
TriangleLook around
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Bentley fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Agent 9
SquareThrow Bomb
Square (hold)Aim Bomb
CircleFire Weapon
TriangleSniper Mode
R1/L1Zoom in/out in sniper mode
R1/L1Dodge left/right
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)

Gems are strangely identical to the last game. Strangely because Avalar and The Forgotten Worlds are most likely further away from each other then the Dragon Realms is from the Forgotten Worlds. Strange how they have the Avalar set of gems rather than the Dragon Realms set, maybe the Sorceress had the GemCutters in from Avalar though.

Gem ColourGem Value

The same containers for the gems as in Avalar. However here you get gems from killing the Rhynocs whereas in Avalar they released a Spirit Particle. Also this game sees the return of a locked chest, slightly different in appearence from the first game, but you will still need to find a key to open them.

Anyway, on with the walkthrough, and on to Sunrise Spring!

#1944 ArisaArtisan 09:33:53 02/11/2023
This is definitely my favorite game in the classic series - majorly because it was my first ever Actual video game. But, it also holds a special place in my heart - nostalgic memories and all that.

Regardless of those factors - it further extends and elaborates on minigames, while adding new and interesting ways to go about them - especially with varying speedways, playable side characters, skateboarding (My PERSONAL favorite!), Sparx levels, and the many new vibrant and whimsical worlds to discover and explore. IMO, definitely better than the first two games.
#1943 MrsSpyro01 09:20:37 08/10/2021
This is honestly my LEAST favorite game in the original trilogy. Not to say it’s bad, because it’s not. There are things I like about this game. I like the skateboarding mini games, playing as Shiela and Bentley, the dueling dragon mini boss fight, the romance between Hunter and Bianca, the designs of some of the levels, how cute some of the baby dragons are, and my personal favorite, getting sweet revenge on my LEAST favorite video game character of all time…Moneybags, and getting all your gems back from him. Some things I DON’T like in this game are the tank battle in Haunted Tomb (actually, the entire level is my LEAST favorite level in the entire game), I DREAD playing as Sgt. Byrd and Agent 9, the speedway levels are just as frustrating in this game as they are in the first game and Ripto’s Rage, the Sorcerous is very bland and uninteresting, both of her boss battles are frustrating, and don’t even get mty STARTED on the Sparx levels. I honestly like Enter the Dragonfly better then this game. ENTER…THE…DRAGONFLY.
#1942 darkspyro199 15:04:44 19/03/2021
Who's still playing this legendary game? @_@ :D
#1941 Jaggedstar 00:06:01 11/02/2021
ily spyro xx
#1940 G Hypernova 04:03:00 09/02/2021
My introduction to the franchise (as a demo)... <3
#1939 darkspyro199 11:11:14 15/05/2020
Best game. Shame the Reignited trilogy is a little buggy on YOTD though :/
#1938 Mouse 17:42:53 26/08/2018
Love of my life right here
#1937 danyq94 19:09:35 22/08/2017
#1936 RyanFirefly 12:21:29 25/07/2017
I think this is the BEST ONE smilie
#1935 willspyro 01:10:32 16/03/2017
Got myself a new copy of this game and currently replaying it!
#1934 ghostfury 16:20:41 08/07/2016
He hardest of the trio
The lack of character development isn't it's strong point
But all in all its a fun and challenging game with yet another awesome soundtrack
A good end to a iconic and lovable series
Isomniac learnt and they delivered
And have done ever since
#1932 skymaster284 15:20:54 08/06/2016
is this the one where you have to chase bad guys to get dragon eggs, then once you get the eggs, they hatch, and one of the dragons is wearing sunglasses?
#1931 Pokemon2 16:18:15 02/04/2016
So nostalgic, First game I ever played in my life. smilie is my favorite character (starts fanboying)
#1930 IJAITEE31TNT 22:17:12 24/02/2016
Finally a platformer that is long.
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