Review of Spyro: Shadow Legacy (DS)

Spyro the dragon has had his fair share of problems in his young life. First all of the dragons were turned to crystal, then Ripto came along, then the Sorceress…and so on.

But now he faces a new dilemma…and a new dimension.

The Shadow Realm. *Dun dun duuuuun*

Chronologically, Spyro: Shadow Legacy is the tenth game in the series. It is the first Spyro game made for the Nintendo DS, and I was very excited when I stumbled onto it as a kid. The original Spyro the Dragon game was what I grew up with, and I hadn’t played it in forever. So finding this gem was a great outlet for my nostalgia.

With simple controls and easy button mashing fights, you have an entire world open to you. Including many of the worlds previously visited in Spyro games, you get to travel to each of them to rescue your friends. You get to visit Hunter’s home, Blink’s cave, Zoe’s forest, the wizard’s mountain, Moneybags’ house, and much more.

Whether you are a long-time Spyro fan or are just introduced, Spyro: Shadow Legacy is a great place to start or to pick up the story. With minimal dialogue but a lot to accomplish, Spyro will be staying busy for quite some time.

The game starts with Spyro and Sparx heading out to meet with Thomas the Dragon Elder (not to be confused with the Dragon Guardians). Along the way, the world is suddenly swept into the Shadow Realm, and the occupants of each town are held captive.

Spyro and Sparx manage to escape with the help of Thomas, who teaches them basic fighting moves. After defeating the surrounding shadow monsters, Thomas is freed and the trio is returned to their dimension.

Thomas explains to Spyro what the Shadow Realm is, and he asks him to rescue the other Dragon Elders. He is an older dragon, and cannot fight the way Spyro can anymore. This is your first real task, so you set out to free the dragons.

As you free each Dragon Elder, they thank you with the promise of teaching you more fighting moves and how to use your fire breath (and ice breath). As you continue through the story, you can always return to the Dragon Dojo to spend your experience points and learn new moves and skills.

As a kid, I found Spyro: Shadow Legacy to be somewhat challenging, but playing it now, I can beat it easily. Either way it is a lot of fun! Although even now some items can be difficult to locate. You’ll need to find different items, monsters, and people to proceed with the main story and side quests, and at times it can be a pain to find them.

The sound effects are fun and memorable, and the music is worth keeping the volume up. Additionally, the graphics are surprisingly good, and I personally think the world looks amazing.

For me, as a huge Spyro fan, replaying Shadow Legacy is an easy choice, and I’ve replayed it countless times. But for someone that doesn’t feel the same way, I’m not really sure how much they would play it. I could easily see anyone playing it at least twice, but for someone that isn’t a big fan of Spyro, they would probably move on and spend their time on bigger and better games.

Either way, I highly recommend you play Spyro: Shadow Legacy. It truly does deserve a place on your shelf, even if you only play it once or twice.

I absolutely loved this game, as a kid and as an adult. Experimenting with different attacks and breaths was a lot of fun, and revisiting familiar worlds was a huge plus. Although it can be hard to find a few items, this isn’t something a walkthrough can’t fix. I honestly have no real complaints about this game, all I can say is that I loved it, and I really hope you play it.

Do you have the skills to guide Spyro through the Shadow Realm?

Copyright 2018 Ammon Hansen

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