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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!

#30 brittany 00:31:22 13/07/2006
in one of the speedway levels.i need the last egg and its to beat the butterflies and i did.and it wont give me my egg!
#29 me 19:25:01 09/07/2006
Actually.... I think the musics are equal.
#28 me 20:54:17 06/07/2006
I love the music in the homeworlds in Avalar alot, though....
#27 me 20:52:52 06/07/2006
I agree.
#26 Umbra 00:52:07 22/06/2006
I agree--this game is very nice, but I still like Ripto's Rage better.

I still think the best aspect of this game is the music. Much better than the first two games combined.
#25 Fodder 19:33:37 21/06/2006
:bently: .... smilie
#24 Kristopher Daglish 20:15:22 17/06/2006
can not play as smilie smilie smilie smilie smilie
#23 bahamutjedi 13:54:51 09/06/2006
This is probably the best game in the series. I liked the mini-games, especially the skateboarding and the manta ray thing. Bianca was cool when she served the Sorceress, but she isn`t that bad as a good gal though. Byrd`s levels were nice, but Agent 9 was boring. I never caught all of the eggs, but I unlocked a few pages of the epilogue. What a pity that no new Spyro game is as good as this one.
#22 simon 08:03:53 04/06/2006
Can play as: smilie,smilie,smilie,smilie,smilie,smilie and smilie!!!
#21 Husky_Dog 11:28:48 20/05/2006
Can't get enough of the liitle purple dragon. I've played the original trilogy so many times. At the moment tryin to get 100% in all 3. i've done spyro 1, now i'm h;lafway through GTG could be hard. Best game ever. Some of the orb missions r hard but... And YOFD rocks. to bad the new games r @#%$. Love the puple dude with tude.
#20 Brend0 11:22:33 20/05/2006
The last true spyro game. The best in the trilogy. Wish Insomniac would by the rights to the game back. The new spyro games r @#%$). U cant beat originality. Thankx for the great games Insomniac.
#19 DM 18:05:04 07/05/2006
The last game of the Insomniac trilogy before the newer (not-so-great) Spyro games came out. I find this to be the last "true" Spyro game (plus they added a bit more humor into it). If only Insomniac would recreate these games for the PS2 like Ubisoft did with Rayman...
#18 ih8u2 17:40:11 25/04/2006
that U.K. coverart is cool! I wish america got that!
#17 Toastie 03:25:56 25/04/2006
Omg all of u saying this game is the best u r the most intelligent people ever!!!!!!!!!! it is the best of them all and i LOVE the story line!!!!! its wonderful!! smilie smilie its da bomb!!!!! smilie
#16 ih8u2 23:15:19 24/04/2006
THIS IS PERFECTION! This was my favorite game in the entire spyro series...i loved it, i loved the skateboarding, and i love spyro! If your a new fan playing ETD or some other new nonsense, pick this up and by it and ENJOY It!smilie
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