Spyro Adventure - GBA

Also known as: Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs

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Spyro Adventure (GBA)
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Digital Eclipse Soft. Co.: Vivendi
Publishers: Vivendi (GB)
Released: 14 Nov 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Connectivity: Link Cable


The well-known platforming dragon makes his third appearance on the Game Boy Advance in this latest adventure from Vivendi. As the title suggests, the game has more of an emphasis on the 'adventure' side of things, introducing a number of RPG elements to the proceedings.

As the story goes, a terrible mishap has occurred, and Spyro, Sparx and the Professor have inadvertently torn a hole in the fabric of space, between the Rhynoc and Dragon realms. Oh dear! Consequently, droves of Rhynocs are now pouring into the Dragon realm and generally causing strife all round. So, it's down to Spyro to help the Professor close this hole as soon as possible, before the two realms fuse together permanently.

The game offers up 14 new isometric lands for you to explore, introducing the home realms of Spyro favourites such as Sheila, Bentley, Bianca, Sgt. Bird and Moneybags. In each case, a host of puzzles stand in your way, and must be solved by analyzing and making use of the special abilities of the respective land's indigenous creatures. Aside from this, Spyro is also blessed with a range of new abilities, including the likes of Head-Butt Slam, Cyclone Attack and Phoenix Vision.

As mentioned before, the game tends to lean towards the adventure side of things, rather than being a straight-up platformer, by introducing a number of elements familiar with the common role-playing game. As such, you can expect a little more depth to the proceedings, with the inclusion of quests, mini quests and a new inventory system.

Aside from the main game, Spyro Adventure also comes complete with a selection of mini games, which allow you to play not only as the purple protagonist, but as characters Agent 9 and Sgt. Bird. In addition, there's also a bonus game that enables multiplayer link up for playing head-to-head.