Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Spyro's having a private party and wouldn't you know it, none other than Ripto crashes and on his way out he takes all the dragonflies with him. Now it's up to Spyro to rescue all the fireflies and save the Dragon Realms once again.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly has very similar gameplay to the recent GBA Spyro title, 'Spyro 2: Season of Flame.' This is mostly a platform game but there are some mini levels that have you driving tanks and piloting a UFO amongst others. Each level has a different task such as unfreezing dragons or saving the farmers cows to name a couple. There's even a few mini-levels reminiscent of PilotWings. In addition to the tasks there is also lots of exploration to be done. There's great variety here both in concept and gameplay. Spyro has an almost equal variety of maneuvers including the typical running and jumping but also swimming, flying, ramming, pounding, and blowing several kinds of breath. This time he can breathe not only fire, but also ice, electricity and even bubbles. As with almost all platform games these days you have to deal with camera angles but I found that they weren't nearly as horrendous as other platformers I've played. This could be due to the wide-open spaces you run through or maybe I'm just finally getting used to cameras. I did notice that while Spyro is running, the camera will stay right behind him at all times.
The control isn't too bad but it takes a few minutes to get the hang of. There are quick in-game tutorials to show you how to perform certain maneuvers. I'm impressed with the graphics. They have a cartoony look that is obviously intentional. Expect to be dazzled with all the colors of the spectrum and some great special effects too. Each character in the game has his or her own voice but if you're impatient like me you can just read ahead. The music and sound effects are perfect for a game like this.
The only complaint I have about this game is the long load times. It seems to take a really long time to load up the various levels. This is drawn out even longer by having a load progress bar for the 'Loading' screen itself. At least it seems there's a reason for this since the levels are quite large. Aside from that, with its varied gameplay and great graphics and sounds, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly is a wonderful game that all ages should enjoy!