Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It is entertaining, it is appealing, it is addictive, and it is worthy of your time. In short, it’s solid and accessible fun, and in today’s often-dreary marketplace, that’s no bad thing.
  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. It does mark a departure, adding light RPG elements to the isometric-adventure style seen on the GBA. [Dec 2005, p.112]
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    Whilst we appreciate that the developers have taken some risks with the game, they have ultimately failed.
  7. A half-finished game designed so poorly that it probably shouldn't have been started in the first place. Only the most stubborn Spyro fan should even consider picking this up and even then, I implore you to wait until it's on clearance.
  8. Overall the gameplay is simple and repetitive. So much more could have been done with it - but fix the damn thing first.
  9. Spryo: Shadow Legacy is a watered-down action role-playing game that isn't challenging or engaging enough to sustain its brief campaign.
  10. 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).
  11. Spyro: Shadow Legacy is surely a dark day for the Spyro franchise, but I suppose the good news is that it probably couldn’t get any worse. So if and when our beloved purple hero returns to the DS it can only be a better game.
  12. 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.
  13. If you're going to do a bit of genre mixing, reward the player's investment of time and patience by remembering to include the good parts.
  14. 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?!).
  15. 40
    The horrible production values are Spyro: Shadow Legacy's real killer.
  16. A huge yawn-fest, even kids won't enjoy it for long.
  17. 40
    Spyro Shadow Legacy isn’t a terrible game, but it’s painfully repetitive and just plain dull.
  18. Nearly every aspect of the game is flawed in some way, rendering the final product essentially unplayable.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Jul 31, 2014
    10
    I have played most spyro games and although this one didn't have the little portals or whatever to go different places, I actually reallyI 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! Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2011
    4
    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 aI 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. Full Review »
  3. Anonymous
    Nov 7, 2007
    8
    It's a fun game, adding RPG elements to Spyro. However, the graphics are not quite up to the DS' capabilities except during boss 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. Full Review »