Review of Spyro 2: Season of Flame (GBA)

Poor dragons. All the fireflies have mysteriously disappeared, and the Dragon Realm is getting colder. Without them and their magic, the dragon’s fire breath is gone, replaced with ice breath. If they don’t figure out how to get the fireflies back soon…they’ll have to migrate.

Dragon migration. Sounds… mildly terrifying.

Spyro 2: Season of Flame is the fifth game in the Spyro the Dragon series. Made for the Game Boy Advance, it picks up right where Spyro: Season of Ice left off. After rescuing the fairies from Grendor, Spyro returns from his vacation to find Thomas the Dragon Elder, waiting to greet him with the news of the fireflies.

Spyro then receives news from Zoe the fairy, who once again tells him what has happened: the fireflies were taken by Ripto. Ripto was the main antagonist of the second Spyro game, and he and his henchmen have returned once more.

Now it is up to Spyro and his friends to rescue them. Teaming up with Hunter the cheetah, Agent 9 the penguin, and other familiar characters, the friends explore a number of worlds to get the fireflies back. Facing malevolent leprechaun and a never ending army of rhynocs, this journey will be one to remember.

Keep in mind that the original Spyro the Dragon is my second favorite video game. For that reason, I really appreciated Spyro 2: Season of Flame. It was pretty much a dumbed down, portable version of the original game, with a different story. Another major difference was the fact that several levels are played as other characters, but this was actually kind of fun.

But there are a lot of similarities. You play as Spyro, you run around fighting rhynocs, you travel to different worlds, collect gems, etc. Although it wasn’t on the same level as the original game, I personally really appreciated the effort that was put into it.

With fun music and sound effects, this game greatly improves upon the graphics we saw in Spyro: Season of Ice. That game was a lot more pixelated, while this one is a lot cleaner, with smooth edges and more detail. The levels look so much better (Season of Ice looked like the Kool-Aid man threw up a demented unicorn, and proceeded to cover the area in glitter) and I have personally played this game over and over again.

This GBA sequel has a lot more replay value from the first one. As a kid, I had a hard time beating Season of Ice. During the span of time it took me to win that game, I played Season of Flame three or four times. As an adult, it has been a while since I have played it, but I actually would really like to find the time to do so.

Spyro 2: Season of Flame is an amazing GBA game, and a worthy addition to the Spyro the Dragon series. Because of that, it is well deserving a place in your collection of games. If you are a Spyro fan, I highly recommend you get this game. It is a great sequel, it is fun and simple, you get to use fire, ice, and lightning breaths. I honestly have a very hard time thinking of any cons to this game. I can only think of pros! I truly have absolutely nothing bad to say about this game.

Will you bring the fireflies back to the Dragon Realms? Will you face Ripto and prevent a dragon migration? Find out now in Spyro 2: Season of Flame.

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