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  • Summary: Developed by Amaze Entertainment, Spyro Shadow Legacy – for the first time – introduces magical powers, role playing game elements, and martial arts fighting to the beloved Spyro gameplay. Spyro Shadow Legacy introduces role playing elements to the Dragon Realms, offering Spyro fans an "RPG light" experience with all new gameplay features. By fighting and defeating creatures in the game, players earn experience points that improve Spyro’s strength and abilities. This RPG element allows players to use their experience to build Spyro’s new magical powers and martial arts combat abilities as the game progresses. The game leverages all of the technical innovations of the Nintendo DS, including dual screen, touch screen, wireless capabilities and 3D graphics. With touch screen controls, players can draw symbols to cast spells or use the second screen as an overhead map. Players can utilize the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities to trade collectible creatures with other players nearby. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. The biggest problem with this game is, once again, that it really doesn’t offer anything to set it apart.
  2. What do you get when you have a story that's pretty by-the-book, lackluster gameplay, and a gimmick that's really just a smokescreen? I'll give you three guesses, and if the first one isn't "Spyro: Shadow Legacy" you're dead wrong.
  3. A wholly average game that young kids will enjoy for a short time, but there’s really nothing much here for anyone else.
  4. Shadow Legacy has some potential, but it's unfulfilled by repetitive gameplay and objectives (i.e. fetching items for the people you've just rescued from another dimension).
  5. On a pass or fail review system, this fails horribly. If this was a child’s homework assignment, you could easily tell they put this together right before class started.
  6. Spyro would score a 5 were it to work properly - smack bang in the middle of middlyness, doing nothing well, and utterly without imagination (for goodness sakes, travelling back and forth between two versions of reality - where did they get that idea from?!).
  7. Nearly every aspect of the game is flawed in some way, rendering the final product essentially unplayable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Jul 31, 2014
    I have played most spyro games and although this one didn't have the little portals or whatever to go different places, I actually really liked it. It had a different feel, the music and environment was engaging, there were even a lot of repeat characters from the older games (some of the elders (eg Thomas, Red), Emerald, Nanny, the fairies, Moneybags (of course--douche), Hunter, Bianca, etc) which made it sort of fun for those who have played the older ones. At the same time you get introduced to new characters as well and even learn a bit more about the older ones. There are the typical quests like fetching things or collecting things, defeating enemies but in addition to your typical arsenal of attacks, you get to further your abilities by learning from the elders... not only breath, jumps, and ram attacks but you get to learn magic to teleport and dragon kata. The bosses are challenging and make you use your new skills and you get to explore basically two worlds in one. It seems to be a game you either like or don't with not much in between but I thought it was a good more connected feeling game than some of the other spyros in the series. Not to mention, Ripto isn't the main boss finally! Expand
  2. Anonymous
    Nov 7, 2007
    It's a fun game, adding RPG elements to Spyro. However, the graphics are not quite up to the DS' capabilities except during boss battles. The controls are a bit annoying because Spyro was designed for joysticks, not directional pads. The lack of voices is a disappointment, as voices have been possible since the GBA. Otherwise, it's a fun and challenging game. They just could've done better on the graphics, added voices instead of using text, and made the controls easier. The touchpen capabilities are nice. You have the whole options menu on the touchscreen while you move around on the topscreen. Expand
  3. LLloyd
    Nov 5, 2005
    Not the Spyro games we are used to at all... controls get confusing when same key is used for several different commands, instructions are given only once and are not repeated at all and do not give you any idea what you can do, leveling up and having to keep "teleporting" to get new "attacks" gets tiring, as does the switching back and forth between "phases"... We want the old Spyro back... this one is not impressive. Expand
  4. Jan 2, 2011
    I love Spyro games.... well, I *used* to love them when Insomniac made them. This version was my first DS game that I played... and with a mix of confusing controls, confusing environments, confusing sense of depth, and a mediocre story, I just couldn't give support for this game... it left me very much confused in the end. Expand
  5. BoboliS.
    Jun 14, 2006
    This Game is not how a spyro game should be. It is confusing, repetitive, has bad graphics, and glitchy. It is sort of fun if you can figure out what you are doing but I would not Reccommend it. Expand
  6. LaurenW.
    Jun 10, 2007
    Awful. Don't buy it, even hardcore Spyro fans such as myself will find it unbelievably boring and uninspiring.