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The logo for the Spyro series

The Spyro franchise is a series of platforming games starring a purple dragon named Spyro. The games were originally developed by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation, starting with the release of Spyro the Dragon in 1998, and published by Univeral Interactive. It is the sister franchise of the Crash Bandicoot series. The whole series has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, as of October 2007.[1] In an interview, Ted Price said that Insomniac stopped developing Spyro games after Spyro: Year of the Dragon because Spyro could not hold anything in his hands, therefore limiting his actions.[2]

For the first three games, Spyro became a mascot for the PlayStation alongside Crash Bandicoot, both of whom appeared in several games together. In the 2000s, the Spyro series has switched between various developers. Since 2008, when Activision acquired the rights to the franchise, the Spyro series has entered a long hiatus. In 2011, the Spyro series spawned a large spin-off series, the Skylanders franchise, which contributed to the Spyro series' abandonment. Eventually, in 2018, Activision published the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a whole decade since the previous Spyro game was released.


Main series[edit]

The main Spyro the Dragon series consists of six mainline games in the original series, four GameBoy Advance portable games and The Legend of Spyro trilogy (which belongs to different continuity). Although the sixth game, Spyro: Shadow Legacy, was released for Nintendo DS instead for major platforms, it is considered to be a part of the main series storyline since it is a direct sequel to Spyro: A Hero's Tail.

Name Console(s) Developer Year released
Spyro the Dragon PS1 US cover.jpg
Spyro the Dragon (game)
PlayStation Insomniac Games 1998
Spyro 2 PS1 US cover.jpg
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
PlayStation Insomniac Games 1999
Spyro Year of the Dragon PS1 US cover.jpg
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
PlayStation Insomniac Games 2000
Spyro Enter the Dragonfly PS2 US cover.jpg
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Equinoxe Digital Entertainment, Check Six Studios 2002
Spyro A Heros Tail GC US cover.jpg
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube Eurocom 2004
Spyro Reignited Trilogy PS4 US cover.jpg
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
PlayStation 4, Xbox One,
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Toys For Bob, Sanzaru Games, various 2018 (PS4, Xbox One),
2019 (Windows, Switch)

Portable games[edit]

Name Console(s) Developer Year released
Spyro Season of Ice GBA US cover.jpg
Spyro: Season of Ice
Digital Eclipse Game Boy Advance 2001
Spyro 2 Season of Fire GBA US cover.jpg
Spyro 2: Season of Flame
Game Boy Advance Digital Eclipse 2002
Spyro Attack of the Rhynocs GBA US cover.jpg
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs
Game Boy Advance Digital Eclipse 2003
Spyro Orange GBA US cover.jpg
Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy
Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions 2004
Spyro Shadow Legacy DS US cover.jpg
Spyro: Shadow Legacy
Nintendo DS Amaze Entertainment 2005

The Legend of Spyro series[edit]

The Legend of Spyro

The Legend of Spyro series is a reboot of the Spyro franchise that features a separate continuity different from the existing Spyro universe of the previous games (1998-2005). It stars a different version of Spyro along with a few familiar cast of characters and new ones created for the reboot.

Name Console(s) Developer Year released
LoS A New Beginning GC US cover.jpg
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2,
Xbox, Nintendo DS
Krome Studios, Amaze Entertainment 2006
LoS The Eternal Night Wii US cover.jpg
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Wii Krome Studios, Amaze Entertainment 2007
LoS Dawn of the Dragon Wii US cover.jpg
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Étranges Libellules, Tantalus Media 2008

Flash games[edit]

The Spyro franchise had several flash games in the 2000s.

The promotional websites for Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon had flash minigames. The latter game had a downloadable flash game in executable format, Spark's Pond. The promotional website for Spyro 2: Season of Flame had a flash game called Super Spyro Speedway.

In 2004, Kraft Foods held a promotion on Candystand named Crash and Spyro Adventure World, which promoted the two games, Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy. The promotion had seven flash games, and six of them were unlockable. To unlock them, consumers had to enter a special code found on trading cards that came with Nabisco Fruit Snacks and Jell-O Pudding Bites. Every trading card had one of six codes, each of which unlocked one of the minigames.[3]

Neopets had several promotional flash games on their site. There were three known flash games, all of which could be played without a login: Spyro: Power Blast, Crash and Spyro, and Spyro Shadow Legacy: Magic Attack.