Spyro: Reignited Trilogy: Review

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After being pushed back two months, Toys for Bob’s Spyro: Reignited Trilogy has re-lit the flames of nostalgia. At just $40, you’re able to relive the original Spyro trilogy with updated graphics, music and mechanics.

Once I heard that Spyro was being remastered, I knew it was going to be a game I picked up (and hopefully wouldn’t throw into my massive backlog, which you can learn more about here on episode 52). Once I booted up the game, I was instantly hit with childhood memories of staying up late and trying to find as many gems as possible before I was caught. The dragons you free have been completely redone with fantastic character designs and voice overs that really bring out their individuality. Sparx the dragonfly serves as your health meter yet again with the added bonus of playing the role of a gem finder.

Do we really have to get all the gems?

Do we really have to get all the gems?

But through the haze of rose-colored nostalgia comes something else: complete and utter frustration. Don’t get me wrong; the Reignited Trilogy is an awesome amount of fun. But I definitely forgot how frustrating it was at times. I can’t recount how many times I thought I made a glide only to hit the very edge of the platform and plummet to my death. While some may enjoy the challenge of grabbing every gem and dragon egg, this game is (as quoted by good friend of the pod Steele) “a nightmare for completionists.”

However, this game is a remaster through and through. I remember some of the maps’ layouts in their original 3-D glory and just how to tackle that one particular egg thief that would try to give me the slip around the pond. Forty bucks for all three games can’t be beat, and I highly recommend picking this one up for Spyro fans both old and new.