In video games, dragons are fearsome, monstrous beasts that the hero must defeat to steal treasure or rescue the damsel in distress. Surprisingly, in Spyro the Dragon, a dragon becomes the hero in the story. The protagonist still resembles the fiery, quick-tempered, and guarded characteristics of dragons in lore, yet he uses these characteristics to his average to save the day.
Spyro the Dragon was released in 1998, published by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation console. Insomniac Games was a popularly recognized publisher for games for the commercial success of its other platformer series Crash Bandicoot. The series continued with two sequels, titled Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage was released in 1999, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon was released in 2000.
Spyro follows a purple young dragon, named Spyro and his dragonfly friend, named Sparx. They go on an adventure together traveling through the Dragon Kingdom.
They’re trying to rescue the other dragons from a spell placed upon them by Gnasty Gnorc. Along the way, Spyro and Sparx collect treasure and harness the magic Spyro possesses shown by different dragon breath channeling different elements.
Thanks to the games addition of collecting treasure, there’s an added replay value to the game. By having the option of different dragon breath abilities, the player can select the one they like the most. I always used fire breath pretending to be a real dragon. I would give it a nine out of ten rating, due to the bright colors, gameplay, and the open universe.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to the musical score as Insomniac Games focus more on the character development and combat than adding a musical score to the game. There are a lot of minor characters introduced throughout the game, and they all serve a point. Each dragon Spyro meets serves as a mentor to him, teaching him different combat moves or types of dragon breaths.
Furthermore, the Spyro series presents a unique experience of using a different character type as the hero. Despite being the protagonist. Spyro still seeks treasure, spits out fire, and has a short fuse by easily being provoked just like other dragons. The game shows that anyone can become the hero of their own story if there is something they are willing to fight for to protect, and with Spyro he wants to protect his friends and the Dragon Kingdom.