Every Spyro Game Ranked

Spyro in Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Image Credit: Activision.

Spyro The Dragon has been around since the late 90s and has swiftly become a household name in gaming. It’s not hard to see why, as there have been some truly fantastic games in the franchise. If you want to know which are the best Spyro games to check out, check out our list below, ranking every Spyro the Dragon game from worst to best. 

14. Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly

Spyro in a time trial race in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Image Credit: Universal Interactive.

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly really didn’t hit the mark in the franchise. With a boring story and being incredibly buggy on release, there was not a lot to love about this game. While the mechanic of Bubble Breath was fun, it wasn’t enough to be a redeeming factor for this iteration.

13. Spyro Orange/Crash Purple

Spyro in a tank in Spyro Orange
Image Credit: Vivendi Universal Games.

Spyro Orange/Crash Purple wasn’t that fun. While it had a lot of potential to have Crash and Spyro’s world colliding, it just didn’t hit the mark. While players hoped to see more of them work together and team up, it felt more like a bunch of minigames with subtle hints of each other’s universes. It was just not a fun experience.

12. Spyro: Shadow Legacy

Spyro on a cliff in Spyro: Shadow Legacy
Image Credit: Vivendi Universal Games.

Spyro: Shadow Legacy is one of the franchise’s weaker games. With this installment, they attempted to branch out from the platformer genre and into RPG, and it didn’t quite work as well as they’d hoped. Not only does he have quests to complete, but he levels up and can level up his skills with EXP. It’s a bit of a bizarre game overall.

11. Spyro: Season of Ice

Spyro breathing fire on an ice block in Spyro: Season of Ice
Image Credit: Universal Interactive Studios.

Spyro: Season of Ice is the prequel to Season of Flame. While this game is still fun, it’s not nearly as polished as the sequel. While the storyline is fun, and the mechanics are much the same as the others in the franchise, it is quite a difficult game overall, and that can make it a lot less enjoyable compared to some of the others on this list. 

10. Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs

Spyro in a library in Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs
Image Credit: Universal Interactive.

This game is a mixed bag. While some players love this game, some players really hate it. It can be quite fun, as it has a fun storyline and a robotic butler. It’s all up to personal choice with Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs. It has its flaws, but it also has some fun positives, too.

9. Spyro: A Hero’s Tail

Spyro fighting an enemy in Spyro: A Hero's Tail
Image Credit: Vivendi Universal Games.

Spyro: A Hero’s Tail was the first game in the series for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. There isn’t anything too remarkable about this game. You get to hang out with all of your fan favorites, like Cheetah and Moneybags, while you take down Red, the antagonist Dragon.

8. The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night

Spyro harnessing fire powers in Spyro: The Eternal Night
Image Credit: Vivendi Games.

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night is an interesting game that introduces the usage of Dragon Time, which allows Spyro to slow down time. If you’re not a fan of puzzles, Spyro: The Eternal Night isn’t really the game for you. It’s still a fun game, but the puzzles can be annoying.

7. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

Spyro in Dawn of the Dragon
Image Credit: Étranges Libellules.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is an interesting game in the franchise, and we get to see more of Spyro’s elemental mastery. This time, he’s joined by his foe-turned-friend, Cynder. Cynder also has their own elemental mastery, as they wield Wind, Shadow, Venom, and Fear. It’s an incredibly innovative game and a lot of fun, as it allows for single-player gameplay or co-op.

6. Spyro 2: Season of Flame

Spyro burning hay in Spyro: Season of Flame
Image Credit: Universal Interactive.

Spyro 2: Season of Flame is the Game Boy sequel to Season of Ice. While both are stand-up games, this game is more polished than its predecessor and is one of the better portable Spyro games. It tweaks some of the finicky elements of Season of Ice and gives you a smoother experience as you attempt to save the Kingdom’s Fireflies.

5. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

Spyro in A New Beginning
Image Credit: Krome Studios.

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning is an exciting game in the franchise and served as a more complicated reboot of the franchise. This game focuses more on combat rather than platforming, as Spyro now gets to wield four elements: Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. This game felt incredibly complicated as a child and was hard to get along with. However, as an adult, it’s a smoother journey overall.

4. Spyro the Dragon

Spyro freeing a Dragon in Spyro the Dragon
Image Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment.

Spyro the Dragon is the first and original game in the franchise. Here, we meet the adorable purple dragon who has to go around saving other dragons from their statues. This is the setup for the great mechanics we know and love throughout the franchise, including headbutting enemies and setting fire to Gnorcs!

3. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage

Bear people and a goat in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Image Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment.

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage is also a fantastic game where you explore the gorgeous realm of Avalor. There are lots of fun characters to meet throughout your journey exploring, and overall, it expands the original Spyro game very well. It’s a fantastic game and still holds up today.

2. Spyro: Year of the Dragon

Spyro flying through Cloud Spires in Spyro Year of the Dragon
Image Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon will always be my favorite out of all the Spyro games. Egg collecting is a tonne of fun. It has a great soundtrack, and you can skateboard and do fun tricks like a cute purple dragon. What’s not to love?

1. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy vista
Image Credit: Activision.

It was obvious that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy would come in first place. Taking the best trilogy of the Spyro games and remastering them into something even more beautiful than the originals, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy really reignited (get it?) my love for Spyro as a franchise. Seeing the games that shaped my childhood remastered and with stunning graphics was so lovely!

That concludes our ranking of the Spyro games across all platforms. What do you think is the best Spyro game, and why?

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Written by Amy Eastland

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