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  • Summary: In a terrible mishap, Spyro, Sparx, and the Professor have inadvertently torn a hole in the fabric of space between the Rhynoc and Dragon Realms. Now, at the command of the elusive Ripto, droves of Rhynocs are pouring into the Dragon Realms in yet another attempt to make life miserable. As Spyro, Agent 9, or Sergeant Byrd, you must help the Professor close the hole quickly before the gate becomes too big and the two realms fuse together--permanently. You can use Spyro's new abilities, including the Head-Butt Slam, Cyclone Attack, Phoenix Vision, and more. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 85
    The strongest of the dragon's GBA appearances. Thanks to the large number of challenges you're presented with, the game plays a lot freer and more open-ended than most platformers -- handheld or console.
  2. Great controls, graphics, sound and side characters - some of whom you can play in a variety of mini-game - round out a well-designed package. [Fall 2003, p.54]
  3. 80
    The change from action to adventure gives players a lot more to do in this latest Spyro adventure. The collecting aspect is very blatant, though, and goes a little too far in artificially extending the game's length.
  4. The new RPG elements were a nice touch, but it just is not enough for me to enjoy the game any more.
  5. Using the same isometric view as the previous titles, Attack of the Rhynocs takes a sizeable leap in gameplay quality and variety. [Jan 2004, p.162]
  6. 65
    The game's an okay platformer with colorful visuals, decent (if generic) music, and control that gets the job done. It's just that there's nothing at all special here.
  7. Takes a step back from the pleasantly surprisingly quality of Spyro’s initial GBA outings in its attempts to make the game more of an “adventure” than a platformer. Unfortunately, the design changes backfire.

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  1. JackS.
    Mar 28, 2005
  2. Aardvark
    Nov 17, 2003
    Judging by the screenshots, I was totally expecting it to be just another Season of Flame, but it's got a TON of improvements and added features. I LOVE the RPG-like gameplay. Gaining abilities permanently is great. Loved it. Loved it. Expand
  3. RupertG.
    Oct 28, 2003
    I really didn't know what to expect from this game, but it rocks!!! It's like a bunch of games in one. Cute story. Very cool. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. TomG.
    Dec 6, 2003
    I've always considered the Gameboy Advance Spyro games a real treat. I could really get into these games on the handheld but not quite as much on the consoles. This game is no exception. It's a delight to play. One I highly recommend to all fans of gaming on the go. There's alot of playtime here. Expand
  5. A.Murphy
    Nov 20, 2003
    I don't know, coming from someone whos neevr played a Spyro game before i didn't really know what to expect. The story was easy to follow and the graphics were good for a GBA game. The only thing, i get stuck on where to go next and some levels are hiding on you, i also find that some tasks are repetitive and somewhat boring, and not knowing where to go next is a pain in the butt. Overall it wasnt that bad. If you're into RPG its not as great as i thought, but if you like Spyro, go ahead. Expand