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I never grew up playing on Spyro like some of my friends so when I saw this I decided to get it. I didn't really know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised but also slightly disappointed.
***The Storyline*** When the game is first loaded, the storyline begins with a video clip. The game begins inside a temple where a dragon called Ignitus is looking after an egg. The egg is very important because it is the Year of the Dragon, this is when, every 12 years, dragon eggs are bought to the temple. The prophecy says that every 10 generations a rare purple dragon will be born, Spyro, and will direct the fate of the era. This is the egg that Ignitus is keeping safe.
A baddy called the Dark Master is at war with the dragons and knows of the prophecy. He sieges the temple to destroy the eggs but Ignitus espaces with the purple dragon's egg. Ignitus drifts it down a river which is discovered by a family of dragonflies. Spyro is adopted into the family and raised thinking he is a dragonfly along with the families own son Sparx.
Spyro is attacked by strangers and finds that he was able to defend himself by breathing fire. The dragonfly parents tell Spyro that he is not a dragonfly but is from a distant land, Spyro goes in search to find his home, along with Sparx but is followed by enemies. He finds the dragon who watched over him as an egg, Ignitus, who tells Spyro that the Dragon Temple has been taken over by their enemy and led by Cynder, a enemy dragon.
Ignitus takes Spyro to the Temple and is then able to drive Cynder's forces out. Ignitus tells Spyro of their war against the army and trains Spyro in the art of the fire element. Ignitus asks Spyro to go a rescure three other dragon's from Cynder's army. Spyro defeats the armies and rescues the three dragons. He learns new training and skills on his journey to help him in battle. Spyro learns that Cynder is serving the Dark Master.
After rescuing the final dragon, Cynder attacks Spyro but Ignitus intervenes to fight Cynder but is captured. The four dragons were the ones who had locked away the Dark Master and Cynder is using the dragons' powers to weaker the lock so that the Dark Master may be free. Ignitus is the final key so Spyro makes an assualt on Cynder's fortress.
After battling his way in, Spyro tries to batlle with Cynder but it is too late, Cynder has drained Ignitus' power of fire. Cynder then escapes to the sealed realm of the Dark Master with all powers that is needed to set him free. Ignitus believes it is too late to stop Cynder but Spyro follows the dragon and her army. Spyro uses all of his powers in a final battle which defeats Cynder, stopping the influence of the Dark Master over her and returns her to her true form, a young dragon of the same siz as Spyro. As the realm begins to collapse, Spyro, Cynder and Sparx escape safe and sound.
***Gameplay*** The storyline is the main gameplay. It is in stages. In each stage you can also collect crystals by completeing puzzles. After the puzzles are completed, they can be played again on the main menu. This is the only other gameplay option. There are lots of puzzles to do but after a while it's pretty tiresome. The storyline mode isn't very hard to complete, except the final battle that can be tricky, so it can be over quite quickly. I was slightly disappointed with it. I didn't find the game very addictive and although it was fun to play, it was easy to turn it off. My favourite bit was the puzzle modes, but after completeing the game, I haven't picked it back up! I think Spyro games are much better on PS/Xbox consoles but definatly not DS.
***Graphics*** The graphics were pretty poor. The videclips were good but gameplay graphics were not up to scratch. I did kind of expect it though, I have found that some games just don't do graphically well on the DS - it was still a bit disappointing though, I expected more from a recent DS game.
***Enjoyment?*** It wasn't very enjoyable. The storyline didn't do much for me, maybe I would have liked it better if I had played on other Spyro games before this. I found it difficult to remember all of the attacking moves, I ended up just using the same move over and over again. All the levels looked pretty much the same. There was only really one or two enemies that weren't difficult to beat but I did sometimes get into tricky situations. The videoclips explaining the story dragged on a bit, I couldn't skip them when I started to play it the second time so turned it off and never picked it back up.
***Conclusion*** I think it would be a good game for PS or Xbox but it was rubbish for the DS. The storyline was shabby, the graphics were poor and you can only get enjoyment out of it one time. This isn't a game you can pick up and play over again because it's just not that interesting. Like I said though, I did enjoy doing the puzzles, that was probably my favourite part of the whole game. I wouldn't recommend it.
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