There is no stopping developers from reigniting nostalgic childhood games in the ‘90s for the younger generations to appreciate. Such was the case for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy – playing the game will feel like you’re walking down memory lane as everything seems all too familiar, much like revisiting a childhood friend.
The remastered versions were recently released by Toys for Bob, and children, as well as the kids-at-heart, continue to be fond of the game that revolved around Spyro, a purple dinosaur, and his friends. With this new albeit familiar concept, it will be a fun-filled nostalgic trip, no doubt.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy gained a lot of praises precisely because the developers did justice to what was remembered of the good old dinosaur. The remake especially felt wondrous for the gamers who experienced firsthand the classic game back in the late ‘90s, with a lot lauding the recently released for its detailed graphics.
Many noted how the Spyro Reignited Trilogy brought so much life in the game that will be suitable for the modern audience. Moreover, it has answered the technological gaps prohibited by the time of the original creation, a bridge that easily connects the older and younger generations.
For those still unfamiliar with the game, Spyro the Dragon used to take living rooms by storm – by this, meaning a lot of hours dedicated to finishing up the quests. The game was so a hit that it sparked a couple of spin-offs. Players assume the character of the lead purple dragon who must free his dragon friends from crystal prisons, which are located in different places.
The game relatively did well during the time, with reports saying it managed to sell globally about 5 million copies and that it had received favorable reviews from critics. It spawned two other games, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, which made it one of the best trilogies to finish at the time.
That said, the remake is a move that was due for a long time. It was only a matter of time before the creators at Toys for Bob finally got the idea of recreating Spyro and giving him and the other characters more personality than the original. Sheila the Kangaroo was given an updated, funkier yet fashionable look with a jacket and a mascara.
Buildings were far more detailed as these came with realistic shadows. The worlds, as much as they were already colorful back then, were depicted richer and more vivid, which will easily entice the modern-day market.
For Kids, Kids-at-heart
While a few critics denounce the additional details to the aesthetics of the characters and the world, more people said that it is all in all coherent with how it used to be. Strictly speaking, Spyro remained to be child-friendly, with the uber-light and fun treatment of the actions in the game. For instance, bad guys will suddenly burst into a smoke with no hint of blood whatsoever along the grass.
Indeed, it is precisely a game that kids will enjoy: levels are relatively easy to finish for grownups but for little ones, it will definitely take some time. This is also a nod to how the original market first spent a generous amount of time just to defeat the boss.
Meanwhile, apart from the improvements in the little things, the remake did make some changes that die-hard fans will surely notice. Unlike in the original game, there are more moves the dinosaur can do which players can discover and explore. The first of the games added other characters that will be a delight to avid players of the game back in the days. These additional personalities have their own story to tell, like Sheila who can double jump and Sgt. James Byrd with his rocket launchers.
What remained consistent, however, is Spyro’s capability to move from one world to another with ease. More so, this adds to the same joy that players used to experience during their childhood while playing the games.