Follow TV Tropes

Following

Video Game / Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dfl420tvmaawh9y.jpg
The original generation — A legend remembered. Remastered. Reignited.

The Adventure Begins... Anew.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a remake of the Spyro the Dragon trilogy by Insomniac Games on the original PlayStation, consisting of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, following in the footsteps of the Crash Bandicoot remaster, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Developed by Toys for Bob of Skylanders fame, the game was announced on April 5th, 2018, and is set for release in September 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


    All three games in general 
  • Adaptation Expansion: Certain changes have been made to the individual levels' scenery and architecture to make them feel more alive.
  • Art Evolution:
    • The trilogy uses a slightly more stylized art style when it comes to textures and models, not unlike the Skylanders series.
    • Notably, Spyro himself is back to a cleaner version of his original design instead of the Skylanders version despite the developer being the same for both games. He also takes some design cues from his pre-time skip Legends self, being a bit bulkier while still keeping his purple hue and facial features. Toys For Bob mentioned in interviws that both Classic Spyro and Skylanders Spyro are entirely different characters.
    • Sparx's design has been significantly altered to be closer to that of a real dragonfly.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The game's box art gives off this vibe to identify each game in the trilogy, as they also match the main color of each Big Bad. Green for the original game and Gnasty Gnorc, red for the titular villain of Ripto's Rage, and blue for Year of the Dragon and the Sorceress.
  • Compilation Re-release: Like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Reignited Trilogy will include all three games in the original Spyro trilogy, remade from the ground up.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: The original games had the camera controls set to the L2 and R2 buttons on the controller. The remastered version now places the camera movement on the right analog stick instead, so anyone might find themselves pressing L2 and R2 during gameplay not knowing that they no longer move the camera.
  • Developers' Foresight: Any grass in a level (and they've added a lot) burns away if hit by Spyro's fire breath. The grass will eventually heal itself.
  • DreamWorks Face: Spyro, on the game's box art. Ripto has this as well.
  • Free Rotating Camera: All three games are having the camera controls mapped to the right analog stick rather than the shoulder buttons as they previously were. Because of this, the camera can now be tilted up and down as well, allowing the player to look down ledges for pits and goodies.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The reveal trailer (which itself is titled "All Scaled Up") features the text "Same Sick Burns", followed by a clip of Spyro both flaming a sheep and taunting it, burning it both literally and figuratively.
  • Mythology Gag: If one looks closely enough at Spyro's new model, he appears to have thumbs now. This may be a subtle Take That! towards Insomniac for using his supposed lack of an ability to carry things (such as guns) as their main excuse for ceasing their involvement with the franchise to begin with.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Sparx and the Dark Passage turtles (although we've only seen concept art of the latter so far).
  • Scenery Porn: Much like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the environments that we have seen thus far are gorgeous, particularly the brief clips of the Beast Makers homeworld and High Caves.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: This is the intent; to stay as close to the originals as possible while giving them a fresh coat of paint.
    • Gets taken to a literal level with the cutscenes. Not only are the exact angles recreated, the timing of the cuts matches those of the original exactly.
  • Variable Mix: The remastered soundtrack is normally more quiet than the originals, but kicks up in intensity if Spyro is charging or is engaging enemies. There's also an option that lets you switch between Reignited's soundtrack and the music from the original games if you prefer, and an option to keep the Reignited soundtrack but turn off the dynamic changes.
  • Video Game Remake: It's the original three Spyro games remade and packaged in one set.
  • Vocal Evolution: Tom Kenny's Spyro voice has changed a bit from 20 years ago, at least from the clips heard for the first game. This may in fact be intentional, as Kenny's performance is very similar to the more whining one by Carlos Alazraqui, which helps Spyro feel younger in both versions.

    Spyro the Dragon 
The first game in the series. After watching a televised interview in which he was called simple, non-threatening and ugly, the villainous Gnasty Gnorc casts a spell on the Dragon Kingdom. All of the dragons are encased inside crystal statues, and each gem in their treasure horde is given life as one of Gnasty's minions. However, the spell missed one dragon; Spyro, who was too small to be hit by it. He, along with his dragonfly buddy Sparx, must travel throughout the Dragon Kingdom, freeing the dragon elders, recovering the stolen treasure, and defeat Gnasty Gnorc.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the original game, a lot of the dragons were palette-swaps and the environments, while magical, rarely implied their namesakes. For Reignited, both have added detail to more strongly re-enforce a world's direction. For example, the Artisans homeworld is where all the artist dragons live, so in the Toasty level you go through a hallway with added paintings shortly before meeting the painter dragon who made them. This helps to fully avert the All There in the Manual implications from the original game.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Toasty's scarecrow disguise has been redesigned to be much larger and much more menacing in appearance, what with his more jagged jack-o-lantern face and tattered robe. Toasty himself has a more manic look on his face, and his wool appears to be singed from past encounters with Spyro.
    • Gnasty Gnorc himself looks a lot more threatening in HD, his redesign even including visible scars on his body.
    • The Strongarms from Tree Tops act more defensive, as opposed to how passive they originally looked.
  • Art Evolution: More details have been added to each environment to better reflect the resident dragons and the theming for each level. For example, screenshots from Peace Keepers show more detail added to the buildings, including Old West-style paintings and drawings. Similarly, Dark Hollow now features shelves with stacks of books in the corridors, and the room where Spyro frees Oswin is now completely lined with bookshelves, turning the level into a Magical Library.
    • Aside from the elder dragons' designs being overhauled, each dragon now flies up and Disappears into Light after being rescued and conversing with Spyro, which more strongly implies that they've been rescued and are now safe.
    • The Gnorcs now have a more diverse range of body styles and clothing.
  • Bowdlerize: The machine gun-toting Gnorcs in Twilight Harbor now shoot purple goo from their guns rather than bullets.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Unlike the original game, which reused certain dragon designs within different homeworlds, no two dragons look the same, each having his own build, attire, and mannerisms, with mild similarities based on each homeworld.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The dragons are now much more distinct from each other, with more unique designs that better emphasize the different homeworlds they belong to and their respective talents:
    • Artisans dragons wear clothing more fitting of artists and intellectuals. Nestor from Artisans carries a sculptor's hammer and Nevin from Toasty carries an artist's palette and paintbrush.
    • Beast Makers dragons have a shaman-like style of dress and cajun-style accents. Elements of other animals are also incorporated into their designs, such as Jed from Tree Tops having more feathery wings and carrying a scepter made from either bird beaks or crab claws.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The crystal dragon statues are now a lot more detailed, and resemble Ignitus from The Legend of Spyro.
    • Toasty's new redesign has a slight resemblance to the sheep from the original commercials, who is meant to be Toasty himself.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: With all of the new dragon designs for each elder, some of them are bound to fit this.
    • Feathered Serpent: Jed (the notoriously hard-to-rescue dragon from Tree Tops) has feathery, bird-like wings.
    • Frog Men: Isaak is the dragon equivalent of this, having a vague frog-like/vaguely crocodilian snout and wings that resemble webbed frog feet.
  • Shout-Out: There is a Beast and an Armored Druid at the beginning of Alpine Ridge. Before they notice Spyro, the Druid can be seen attempting to feed the Beast some Wumpa Fruit.

    Ripto's Rage 
Spyro and Sparx are growing weary of a boring and stormy day, and decide to go to Dragon Shores for a vacation. However, their trip is put on hold when they go through the portal to Dragon Shores and instead end up in the world of Avalar. It's here that Spyro meets the Professor, Hunter, and Elora, who were experimenting with their own portal so that they could summon a dragon to oppose Ripto, an angry sorcerer with a noted disdain for dragons. Wanting to resume his vacation, Spyro decides to help his new friends and defeat the evil Ripto and save the day once again.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ripto himself looks a lot more threatening here than in the original. Whereas the old Ripto was portly, the new Ripto is thin and svelte. His limbs are also a bit less stubby, the horn on his head is bigger, and he's looking a lot more reptilian.
  • Art Evolution:
    • The shield-carrying tiki enemies in Idol Springs now carry barbecue grill lids as their shields, fitting in with their weapons being kebabs, hot dogs, and marshmallows on sticks.
    • Originally, Colossus only vaguely resembled a temple and had a small hockey rink in the back of the level, as well as a reputation for the sport. In Reignited, not only does the level more closely resemble a Tibetan monastery, but it is also themed around hockey. A hockey team's logo adorns the level in decorations, and the golden statues are now brandishing hockey sticks.
    • The Gear Grinders in Hurricos now strongly resemble truckers, having been given Fingerless Gloves, five-o-clock shadows, beer bellies and leather jackets, and their metal helmets are now shaped like like trucker caps.

    Year of the Dragon 
While Spyro and his friends are sleeping, a rabbit named Bianca comes and steals all of the dragon eggs. Spyro, Sparx and Hunter follow her and end up in the Forgotten Worlds, which are ruled by an evil Sorceress. Utilizing the help of some new friends, including Sheila the kangaroo, Sgt. Byrd the flying penguin, Bentley the yeti, and Agent 9 the laser blaster-toting monkey, Spyro must find all the dragon eggs and put a stop to the Sorceress' evil plans for the baby dragons.


Top