Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 70
    A definite improvement over "Enter the Dragonfly." It's a solid, albeit simple and slightly unimaginative platformer.
  2. Spyro's newly expanded roster doesn't manage to save A Hero's Tail from monotony, and even the title's targeted younger demographic will probably soon tire of the game's reliance on boring collectible gathering.
  3. Perfect for younger gamers. Kids will love the cheerful colors, and all the cutesy characters like butterflies, sheep and fairies. Even the baddies look cute.
  4. Essentially the video game equivalent of sleeping with your eyes open. [Nov 2004, p.149]
  5. A Hero's Tail isn't a revolutionary game. It's not bad, either. It's just very simple. It seems just simple enough, in fact, for children who are at least learning to read and have the motor skills to follow relatively easy control instructions.
  6. 40
    Even the bosses are cliché. They're all pattern-based, take three hits to defeat, and are unlikely to pose a challenge for anyone but the younger set who will find some of the platform action too hard.
  7. It's got great control and lots of zany action. [Jan 2005, p.138]
  8. We've all seen the future and the harsh reality is Spyro: A Hero's Tail is unnecessary with the superior competition around.
  9. While not the best 3D platformer on the market, it is definitely a massive improvement from "Enter the Dragonfly" and will provide gamers with some good fun.
  10. 70
    Despite its downfalls, it still maintains solid gameplay and will be a winner with the kids.
  11. 40
    We grew bored of the sheer repetitiveness of the game play, and not even Spyro's smart-ass remarks could keep us amused. Just talk to the hand, Spyro. Snap!
  12. 60
    What's sad is that as nice as the game looks it just fails on gameplay.

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