Spyro 2: Season of Flame
Spyro and his buddies are just back from vacation when they find out that all the magic fireflies, the source of the dragons' fiery breath, have been stolen! It's now up to Spyro, with a little help from his friends and his new icy breath, to get the fireflies back and take care of whoever is behind this madness.
Spyro 2: Season of Flame is an action-adventure game that's mostly viewed from a three-quarter top-down view. Most of the game levels involve Spyro trying to complete unique tasks such as clearing debris off paths, pushing bombs into the water, or finding a dancing horseshoe. Solving the problems of the various Dragon Realms has its rewards too. You'll pick up valuable gems and find fireflies after completing those tasks. It could get hard keeping track of collecting all of those gems and fireflies so the game has a useful 'Atlas'? that shows where you've been and what you've completed in each realm you've visited. If you don't find everything on a level you can always go back later and take all the time you want to look for it. There are a few different types of levels where Spyro will send in Agent 9 the Space Monkey for some side-scrolling action or Sheila the Kangaroo for more of a Q*bert-style level. There are even some boss levels as you progress further.
Universal obviously wanted to make the game animation smooth and pretty, which it is. Unfortunately it affects the control slightly since when you change direction Spyro has to rotate to that direction before he'll move. It looks nice but takes a little time to get used to and sometimes makes moving quickly that much more difficult. Still, the control is reasonable. The graphics and sounds really showcase what the GBA can do without going overboard. Everything's nice and bright and easy to distinguish. Each Dragon Realm has different accompanying music that's fitting for the environment and doesn't get annoying.
This is probably the most fun I've had with my GBA in quite some time. A huge plus is being able to save the game whenever you want. Decent control, great graphics and sound, varied tasks, and not having to start from the beginning each time makes me want to go back for more. If you like action games then you should definitely try this one out even if it's just a rental. Don't be surprised if you end up buying it later, however.