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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 Amazing interactivity: you can light this pile of woods with your flame, although it brings you nothing... just gives you more light :)
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Gazing at the beautiful sunset on the level "Toasty", together with a nasty magician (or whoever he is), who can beat me with his staff
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Level "Cliff Town"
Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Ending a level: your treasure bonus

Promo Images

Spyro the Dragon Concept Art
Spyro the Dragon Concept Art
Spyro the Dragon Concept Art
Spyro the Dragon Concept Art

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 (40065) 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 (218) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
good 3D platform game, better than crash bandicoot Xa4 (311) unrated

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers Feb 03, 2013 9 out of 10 90 Dec 30, 1998 18 out of 20 90
Mega Fun Oct, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Sep 01, 1998 B+ 83
GameSpot Sep 09, 1998 8.3 out of 10 83
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamezilla 1998 81 out of 100 81 Aug 18, 2003 80 out of 100 80
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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