Hey everyone! Welcome back to TGON Plays! I’m not sure how many of you know this about me, but I’m a ‘90’s kid. Being such, I grew up with classics like Crash Bandicoot for PlayStation One, and Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64. There’s one game in particular, one character I hold near and dear to my soul…Spyro The Dragon.  One of the first Spyro games I played was Spyro: Year Of The Dragon,  a game that came out in the year 2000. At the time, this game’s cartoon graphics were absolutely mind-blowing. They were superb, but now?…Well, they’re absolute shit. But that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of this game, even today. This game is about pure happiness. Okay, it’s not really, but it CAUSES pure happiness. So let’s dive right in, shall we?!

The dragons wake up to find their eggs stolen by an evil Sorceress and her Rhynoc minions. Spyro takes on the mission of traveling to the lost worlds to retrieve them. Roughly a thousand years ago, Dragons lived in the lost world, and when they left they took all the magic with them. As time went on, the Sorceress’ magic waned, and she intends on using the dragon eggs to make herself unstoppable. It’s not just Spyro that gets to kick butt in this game, though. You make friends along the way who have their own missions to accomplish. After clearing their home-worlds of Rhynocs, each playable character has side missions in other worlds.

These side characters are: Sheila The Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd the penguin, Bentley the Yeti and Agent 9 the monkey. There are a handful of major worlds to explore, and each major world contains multiple portals to various mini-world. Once each portal has been freed of the Sorceress’ hold, a citizen from every area will help you travel to the boss of each major world, before sending you off to the next world. On top of this, you can collect gems and use them to unlock other side missions. These missions are “Guarded” by a greedy brown bear named MoneyBags. No one likes him, feel free to shoot him with fire.

Alongside the help you receive from the playable characters, Spyro’s best friend Hunter, and a fairy named Zoe, will provide tips, hints, and can be used as save points throughout the game. Each portal is unique and entertaining. They all have side-missions that you can enjoy, and it guarantees hours’ worth of fun. While every mission is different, the goal remains the same: Save the dragon eggs and defeat the Sorceress.

Spyro: Year Of The Dragon is available for PlayStation One and PlayStation Two, though as usual I’m sure there’s a PC rom version somewhere on that vastness we call the interwebs. Most of the spyro games are extremely fun, and I wish they would re-vamp the old games with today’s graphics. I would have a straight up heart attack of joy. But that’s all I have for you guys this week, be sure to tune in next week for another TGON Plays! Side note: Gamers prepare! E3 2016 is coming soon, so be on the lookout for new announcements, trailers, and gamer-centric tidbits. Tune in next week, for another TGON Plays!