Review of Spyro: Season of Ice (GBA)

Don’t you just hate it when you accidentally read a spellbook upside-down and end up with two heads — and four headaches?

Yep, you heard me. Welcome to the bizarre world of Spyro the dragon. Spyro: Season on Ice is chronologically the fourth game in the series, and was made for the Game Boy Advance in 2001.

Spyro and his friends Bianca and Hunter are on vacation when they receive a balloon from Zoe the fairy, asking for help from Grendor. Grendor found the spellbook Bianca forgot in the library, and he read it, hoping to become powerful. Instead…well, you know what went wrong.

The solution to his problem? He needs the wings of one hundred fairies to cure himself. So, he uses another spell that freezes all of the fairies in ice.

Zoe managed to send you her plea for help before she was imprisoned, and she is one of the first fairies you find. She explains everything, and she, along with Bianca, begin opening portals to other worlds, enabling you to find and rescue the fairies.

The more fairies you rescue, the more portals Bianca can open. There is a fair number of levels, and several of them are actually pretty hard.

Most levels are simple, where you guide Spyro through a series of platforms and fight enemies by either charging them or blasting them with fire. There are different objectives for each level, each of which will release a fairy: for example, you must light ten torches scattered throughout the level. Quick and easy things to do, but things that take time and are hard to accomplish without dying along the way.

Other levels require you to play as Sparx, fighting ants and other bugs/insects. These are usually pretty easy, but they honestly just weren’t my favorite.

Additionally, you have flying obstacle course levels. Much like the original PlayStation trilogy, these levels are tough, and will usually take more than one run before you complete it. As a kid, I could not, for the life of me, make it through these levels. When I finally did it as a teenager, I was so happy, but also kind of sick of the game (because of those levels).

Don’t get me wrong, I did like the game. But of the thirteen main Spyro games, I have to say it is my second-to-least favorite. Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy is my least favorite.

In the end, I really did enjoy Spyro: Season of Ice. Playing it as an adult, it is a lot less complex, and I can finish it easily. But as a kid, this game was freaking impossible.

The Spyro the Dragon series is my second favorite series of all time, purely for nostalgic purposes. Spyro was my childhood, and so my opinion may be somewhat biased.

But honestly, I liked this game. It has a funny, ridiculous story. It has a lot of things to do, and it is a challenge to this day. Although it can be difficult, confusing, and even annoying at times, I can’t help but recommend it.

If you’re a fan of Spyro, buy this game. If you enjoy Game Boy Advance games and a challenge, buy this game. But if you’re into more modern games or action games, I don’t think this one is for you.

What do you think? Have you played Spyro: Season of Ice? Did you enjoy it? Reply in the comments below and let us know what you thought of it.

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