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The evil Gnasty Gnorc has turned all the dragons in the Dragon Lands into crystal. He has also stolen the dragons' gems by locking them up in chests or turning them into soldiers for his army. But he forgot about one little dragon: Spyro. Now Spyro has to travel through the dragon kingdom and free all the dragons from their crystal prison, recover the dragons' gems and defeat Gnasty Gnorc.

Spyro the Dragon is a 3D platform game similar to Super Mario 64. The game consists of six worlds: Artisans, Peace Keepers, Magic Crafters, Beast Makers, Dream Weavers and finally Gnasty's World. Each world consists of a home or hub area, three regular levels, one flight level and one boss level.

The goal of the game is to beat Gnasty Gnorc by working your way through all six worlds. Along the way you have to find all 80 dragons, collect all 12 dragon eggs and collect as many gems as you can. Gems are found scattered throughout the levels, in treasure chests. Also, each defeated bad guy yields a gem and end bosses hold several gems.

The inventory screen shows progress for each level, how many gems found and how many dragons, it also shows many there are in each level. The real challenge lies in completing every level 100%. To do this you really have to explore every nook and cranny, the last gems are usually located on hard to reach places.


Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Looking at the beautiful violet mountains on the other side of the river
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Those rams can get pretty aggressive, so ram them, too ;)
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation The bad guy, Gnasty (or was it Gnaughty?) Gnarl
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Wow, this one looks tough... but it's just a sheep in disguise! No kidding! ;D

Promo Images

Spyro the Dragon Screenshot
Spyro the Dragon Screenshot
Spyro the Dragon Render
Spyro the Dragon Render

Alternate Titles

  • "Spyro 1" -- Informal title
  • "スパイロ・ザ・ドラゴン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

It's a gnasty world out there Katakis | カタキス (41841) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
A surprisingly addictive platform game in the style of Super Mario 64, but with more levels. Rensch (216) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
good 3D platform game, better than crash bandicoot Xa4 (311) unrated

Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation Sep, 1998 95 out of 100 95 Dec 30, 1998 18 out of 20 90
IGN Sep 09, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Oct, 1998 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Sep 09, 1998 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Revolution Sep 01, 1998 B+ 83
Video Games Oct, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Gamezilla 1998 81 out of 100 81
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 B 75


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Carlos Alazraqui provided voice talent for Spyro. He talks about the different versions of Spyro's voice in a video clip on the making of Spyro the Dragon which appeared on one of the Playstation Underground Jampak discs.


At the time, most 3D games limited the view distance because of technical limitations, thus creating the illusion of fog. Spyro the Dragon featured a brand new panoramic 3D graphics engine that was specifically created for the PlayStation to provide large viewing distances without fog.

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Grant McLellan (622) added Spyro the Dragon (PlayStation) on Apr 01, 2001
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