The ’90s were terrific for video games. Growing up with the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation gave me plenty of unique games to play. Platformers were my genre of choice, and I adored Mario and Crash Bandicoot. I’ll never forget the summer of 1998 when my parents got me Spyro the Dragon as a late birthday gift. The purple fire-breather from Insomniac Games became an obsession. The following two years saw the release of Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Needless to say, I adored the three games on Sony’s debut console. With Spyro Reignited Trilogy, I’ve been able to revisit these iconic games. Should you pick up the bundle on Switch? Well, if you love mascot platformers from the ’90s, this is a must-have game for the Switch.
Three games, three unique experiences
What works so well is that each game in the Spyro trilogy adds something else to the franchise. The original game is the typical platform experience. You take the titular dragon through levels, collect gems, save other dragons, and fight bosses. Most of the game is simplistic, but completionists will need to travel off the beaten path on numerous occasions to find all the hidden items. The camera movement works surprisingly well, the gameplay is responsive, and it’s a joy to play.
The other games in the trilogy adopt a more Metroidvania-styled experience. Having not played any of the games for over two decades, I was shocked to discover how advanced the sequels were compared to the original. Underwater combat and navigation plus different power-ups make the sequels standout. Spyro: Year of the Dragon allows players to control other characters in select levels and hidden areas, each with their own gameplay mechanics and objectives. These levels give the game a unique identity that stands out among the rest in the bundle.
Old games, modern touches
One of my favorite aspects of the Reignited Trilogy is the fact that developer Toys for Bob wonderfully overhauled the visuals. The games look crisp, the environments are eye-popping, and the character models are cute. With an abundance of platform games on the market, you’d think that Spyro wouldn’t fit in with modern gamers. Sure, kids will equate Spyro with the Skylanders franchise, but even if you like that series, the gameplay is nothing like Spyro’s earlier outings. The gameplay is as fun as it was in the ’90s. It’s hard to improve greatness, and it’s so fascinating to see how well the first three Spyro games have aged.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Fly with this dragon
With NES and SNES games now available to play on Switch, we’ve been able to see examples of video games that were great when they were released but don’t have that same kick today. Spyro the Dragon is a franchise that could’ve fallen flat with the Reignited Trilogy. Outside of the updated visuals and camera tweaks, this bundle contains the same experiences that have graced the gaming industry for over 20 years. Spyro is a charming franchise full of fantastic characters, stellar gameplay, and memorable bosses, and it provides gamers with a time capsule that transports us to what could be called “the golden age of platform games.”
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a wonderful bundle to own. It’s great for seasoned fans or those looking to check out the franchise for the first time. This bundle will get you three complete games for only $40. While I’m still hoping for a new installment in the franchise, you can’t beat a collection containing the three games that made this adorable purple dragon a household name.
A review code was provided by the publisher.