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Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!

aka: Spyro 2: En Busca de los Talismanes, Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer, Spyro X Sparx: Tondemo Tours

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Just Adventure (A) (100%)

I was truly surprised by the depth and level of fun that Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage provided me during my morning workouts. Although I love more complex, more mature games, sometimes it's nice to just turn off my mind a little bit and enjoy a bit of the dragon. Highly recommended—especially for families.

2000 · PlayStation · read review

PSM (4.5 out of 5) (90%)

Taking more than 30 hours to complete, even if you just barrel through and never stop to really appreciate the game, Spyro is a wonderful adventure that never grows stale. All of the things that made the original game a hit have been retained and the simplicity that turned off so many older gamers has been flash-fried in a torrent of white-hot dragon's breath. Only those stodgy gamers that absolutely hate cute are going to dislike this one.

Dec 1999 · PlayStation

Super Play (Sweden) (89 out of 100) (89%)

Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer är definitivt inget originellt spel. Vart man än tittar känner man igen sig. Naturligtvis är det ett stort problem om man vill leda utvecklingen, men om man finner sig i att komma på en god andraplats är det verkligen ingen dum idé. För det här spelet har inte kostat särskilt mycket att producera och ändå är det ett alldeles förträffligt bidrag till en populär genre. Smart av Sony. Kul för oss.

Nov 1999 · PlayStation

Power Unlimited (8.9 out of 10) (89%)

Gateway to Glimmer is een prachtige opvolger van het eerste spel waarin deze sympathieke paarse draak het daglicht zag. Zelden zag ik een besturing en gameplay die zo makkelijk en verrassend door de fraaie graphics gleed. Spyro is een genot voor de zintuigen.

Dec 1999 · PlayStation

Gamezilla (89 out of 100) (89%)

This game may have my vote for platform game of the year. I really am impressed with the changes that were made from the original. The addition of the multiple objectives and mini-games will keep you playing for hours and hours. I was really surprised because I went in thinking that the game was just going to be more of the same and it really wasn't. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys playing a solid action adventure game but I must warn you, it is addicting.

Nov 30th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

IGN (8.8 out of 10) (88%)

Spyro is a fun game. It's huge and challenging and the gameplay is varied and creates enough incentive to move deeper into the game. It's still a little generic for me, as far as platfomers go. And it's a little on the younger side, even in terms of its general ease. As for the character himself, Spyro himself is just a little bland, and not the kind of mascot that I would ever fall in love with. He's kind of like a blend between a big puppy and a donkey, painted purple.

Nov 18th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Video Games (87 out of 100) (87%)

Kompliment an Insomniac: Spyro 2 ist ein kleines Jump'n‘Run-Meisterwerk geworden. Jede Welt sieht komplett anders aus und hat ihr eigenes Flair, die gestellten Anforderungen sind kunstvoll miteinander verwoben und einzeln perfekt ausgeteilt. Nie hat man als Spieler das Gefühl, unfair behandelt zu werden - es spielt sich einfach unheimlich flüssig (sofern man sich nicht in die knallharten 5-Sterne-Runen-Aufgaben verbeißt, hehe). Somit ist dieses Sequel sowohl für Einsteiger als auch für Hardcore-Zocker gleichermaßen geeignet! Das trifft nicht auf viele Spiele zu! Kritikpunkte? Die Gegnerschaft hätte ruhig ein paar Polygone mehr vertragen können und die Kamera ist stellenweise vielleicht einen Eck zu nervös ausgefallen.

Nov 1999 · PlayStation

GameSpot (8.6 out of 10) (86%)

Spyro 2's addictive features show up early and keep on going right through to its excellent final boss level, creating a game that makes you actually want to acquire every single object and coin to see the alternate ending. That's rare to see, and something you really should attempt. While it won't absolutely blow you out of your socks like Super Mario 64 or Banjo-Kazooie did, it's the most charming platform game since Sony's infectious little surprise MediEvil.

Nov 2nd, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (85 out of 100) (85%)

Puede que no sea muy largo (se puede terminar en veinticuatro horas) ni muy difícil (no permite la posibilidad de elegir dificultad), pero será un juego agradable para los más pequeños o para la gente sin prejuicios que busquen entretenimiento en aventuras coloridas.

Jan 15th, 2008 · PlayStation · read review

Freak (85 out of 100) (85%)

היי, רגע אחד, יש לנו כאן משחק לא רע בכלל. באמת יופי של דבר.

Jan 1999 · PlayStation

Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20) (85%)

Un excellent jeu. Certains lui reprocheront de trop ressembler à l'ancien mais s'ils y jouent, ils verront que la tonne d'améliorations et l'augmentation significative de la richesse du jeu le rend alors bien plus intéressant et plus adulte que son prédécesseur.

Nov 12th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Mega Fun (84 out of 100) (84%)

Es ist zwar schon mehr als ein Jahr her, aber der erste Teil von Spyro ist mir noch gut in Erinnerung. Damals überzeugte mich das kindgerechte Jump & Run durch ausgefeiltes Gameplay und die saubere Grafik. Auch dieses Jahr gibt sich Spyro2: Gateway to Glimmer in diesen Punkten keine Blöße. Leider fehlt es dem Spiel ein wenig an echten Innovationen. Sicher, es kamen einige neue Bewegungsmöglichkeiten hinzu, jedoch hat das nichts am eigentlichen Problem von Spyro geändert: Es ist einfach zu leicht. Daher fragt man sich, ob es überhaupt für die breite Masse der PlayStation-Zocker geeignet ist. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass Spyro zu einer Art N64-Lückenfüller von Sony verkommen ist. Supergut für die Kleinen, die Großen hingegen sollten zuvor Probe spielen.

Nov 1999 · PlayStation

Game Revolution (B+) (83%)

Spyro 2 follows the original with smart, smooth graphics. The framerates are high, the pop-up is low, and the animations are entertaining. The levels themselves look terrific; kudos to developer Insomniac Games for building some very imaginative and immersive worlds.

Nov 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( ) (80%)

His sparky purpleness may not quite match up to legends like Mario or Sonic, but Spyro is one of the most loveable characters on the PlayStation. This might look like a game for younger players and it will certainly make an ideal Christmas present for the novice gamer - don't let the cuteness factor fool you though. Spyro 2 is platform gaming of the highest order.

Dec 1999 · PlayStation · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (80%)

With plenty more of the same in addition to more tasks and features, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! appears to keep the similar interface and game engine of Spyro the Dragon but introduces more robust options, interactivity, and even more cut scenes to keep gamers happy. Fans of the original will be excited while some of the casual action-adventure players will either be semi-bored or glad to experience Spyro at his best. Whatever the case, it's still an improved game overall that maintains a working formula rather than reinventing the series like Tomb Raider did with its treading sequels.

1999 · PlayStation · read review

Cincinnati Enquirer (3 out of 4) (75%)

Like the original, this Spyro is very easy to master, which creates an easy-to-control but appropriately challenging video game. The scenery makes for a visually stimulating game. This Spyro follows in the legacy of the original Spyro and brings home extremely fun, highly addictive, solid entertainment for gamers of all ages.

2000 · PlayStation · read review

Player Reviews

A sequel as a sequel should be! Improved in many ways.

The Good
I liked the free-roaming formula of part 1 and it remained intact in this sequel. The huge worlds have those same complex designs that trigger you to find a way to get to that very last platform to pick up that very last gem. This level formula that started with Super Mario 64 does a good job to on the playstation with Spyro 2.

Although the gameplay remained mostly intact, there's a lot of new things. Most of Spyro's old moves are back but also quite a few new ones where introduced here. These moves include such things as a ground pound and Spyro's good old fire breath. Another thing that has significantly improved is the story. There are much more characters involved now, and now and then there's a cut-scene showing what's happening. Spyro's homeworld is rainy so he wants to take a vacation to the dragon shores. So our purple hero and his trusted pal Sparx the dragonfly enter the portal. However, in the land of Avalar, a mole-like professor takes a Spyro over there and asks for his help to defeat the evil little dinosaur Ripto who's causing trouble. Besides these characters there's Elora the Faun and hunter the Cheetah who help you with the gameplay.

Ripto and his two Dinosaur servants Crusch and Gulp serve as bosses of the three worlds. That doesn't seem like much but each world has portals to lots of other levels. There are more that 30 worlds in all. In each homeworld or subworld there's a main quest, which is mostly very easy start-to-end-of-level gameplay, and some sidequests. These are presented to you by characters asking for help, some of which are very funny and original. Upon clearing one of these objects you'll receive an orb. As you collect more orbs, more portals will open up, leaving quite some replay if you want to collect all items even after you completed the main quest. Some sidequests are very easy but others are very challenging which makes this game fun for both younger and older players. They are also very original ranging from roller-coaster rides to shooting lizards, and are probably the best improvement in the entire game. If you've collected everything, you'll be able to go everywhere. This will take a while, I can assure you.

The graphics have improved too. The style remains the same but there's more detail in the textures making it a more atmospheric experience to play through the different worlds. It's easily one of the most beautiful platform games on the PSX. Finally, the sound is excellent. The music is once again composed by none other than the police drummer Stewart Copeland giving those same jazzy tunes that I liked a lot in part 1. Each character also has its own distinctive voice that fits with the character.

The Bad
The main quests of each level is usually a little bit too easy so you'll be more busy with the sidequests.

The Bottom Line
A brilliant platform game with great gameplay, great graphics, a good story and some of the most interesting levels in platform gaming history. They just shout to be explored thoroughly. This is the best Spyro there is. Though Spyro 3 had more to offer it was mostly the same as Spyro 2 making Spyro 2 the game that really improved the series. Buy this game and relive times when Spyro's game weren't such bad games as some of its recent sequels re considered to be. Brilliant game!

by Rensch (203) on Dec 3rd, 2005 · PlayStation

Second Game based on the Spyro The Dragon Series

The Good
First off, I like the second game but I still like the first game but let's get the first game out of the way and get to the second spyro game.

  1. The story is about Spyro trying to take a vacation in Dragon Shores but The Professor has got Spyro into Avalar, and Spyro notices Ripto and did not realize that Ripto hates dragons, NAAAA! So Spyro have to save Avalar and his friends to save the day.

  2. The gameplay and controls are so good that Spyro can move wherever he wants to. The graphics are kinda like the same from the first Spyro game but they're still good and I like them.

  3. My favorite part is always the speedways because Spyro can fly and if he goes into the water, you're crashed. The other part is that Spyro swim, climb, and head-bash. The music and sound have been awesome when I was a kid.

    The Bad
    1. I don't the crystal challenges from Hunter in Magma Cone because the 1st time I've tried it, the first part was pretty easy but when the second part comes in, I was angry at the second part because it's 15 points instead of 10 points. I just wanna say I HATE THIS PART!

  4. I really don't the Agent Zero challenge because if you go behind the tree, off Agent Zero goes and there's nothing you can do about it except you follow him once you got it, you've got the orb and time to finish Cloud Temples.

    The Bottom Line
    This game is good and I highly recommend Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, so if you want this game, please do so 'cause it's awesome and have fun.

by Damian Armstrong (19) on Oct 10th, 2016 · PlayStation

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Critic reviews added by Jeanne, Lain Crowley, Parf, vedder, nyccrg, Patrick Bregger, Big John WV, Crawly, Tim Janssen, Flu, Alsy.