Spyro the Dragon goes a long way in showing exactly why platform-based adventure games are still loved today. Despite their slightly antiquated approach reminiscent of nostalgia gaming of years gone by, they still hold their own in the gaming world and mainstay characters like Spyro have been enjoying a bit of a revival in newer technologies. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy takes players back to the original Playstation roots in order to relive the original adventures through a fresher updated perspective.
They've received this update thanks to the involvement of American video game developer Toys for Bob. Toys for Bob was a well-known gaming name in the Activision era of the early 1990s, but went into a bit of a dormancy until recently when they've emerged back into the gaming scene with new takes on formerly very popular titles. Spyro Reignited is one of the many games in this line of revivals and Toys for Bob definitely made it something to remember.
Controlling Spyro is just as fluid as players might remember from the classic Playstation days. However, taking advantage of modern technologies has meant various cutesy animations have been incorporated into the character to give him a much-needed kiss of life. These adorable animations haven't been at the cost of control though. Spyro is smooth, responsive, and makes good use of any momentum that players are able to build up during a lengthy charge into an opponent. In a platform game such as this, Spyro's laser-like precision is definitely appreciated by gamers who might otherwise fall to their demise if the character's programming wasn't truly on point.
Thankfully, a lot of the original adventures have remained in tact and developers haven't tried to fix something that isn't broken. The functional system and core adventures are still present, but Toys for Bob have added their own splash on Spyro's world by going to lengths that its original developers didn't or couldn't cover. Backgrounds have far more visual depth to them and weather effects are emulated perfectly. Players are also able to take in the scenery as they play the game by tilting the camera angles with their controller's joystick, which is something that the original Playstation titles failed to capitalize on due to the very limited D-pad construction.
Those who remember Spyro fondly will do well to treat themselves to Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It is a lovely trip down memory lane for fans of what's becoming “retro gaming”, but doesn't come across as anything aged or “last year”. Spyro Reignited could very well hold up against modern video games thanks to its excellent construction and development that provides a perfectly functional gameplay experience that makes great use of new additions available to gaming technologies today.