• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2000

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. CNET Gamecenter
    The folks at Insomniac have built an incredibly detailed, fun, and immersive action/adventure that is definitely worth picking up, whether or not you're familiar with this franchise.
  2. The relative ease of the game means that seasoned platform gamers should blow through this one without much difficulty at all.
  3. Da Gameboyz
    They obviously are not the most realistic graphics, having more of a fairy tale, storybook-like quality to them, but there is so much richness and detail that they really stand out.
  4. Daily Radar
    More creative minigames, a slightly higher difficulty level, superb level design and some of the best realtime graphics the PlayStation has ever seen all make Year of the Dragon a winner.
  5. Game Fan
    The game play in this episode is so thought out and well-realized that I found myself actually discouraged that this would be Insomniac's last venture with the purple dragon.
  6. Clearly the product of a talented group of developers who apparently give a damn about whether or not anyone actually likes playing their games. And unless there's something severely wrong with you, you will certainly like playing this one.
  7. 100
    It's one of the best games to come out for the PlayStation in 2000.
  8. It's an extremely well-made game that offers a lot of fun to the player, but these few factors cause it to score right outside the class of "Super Mario 64" and "Banjo-Kazooie," so it only gets very, very high marks, instead of outrageously high marks.
  9. One of those exceptional games where the great gameplay makes up for mediocre graphics and sound.
  10. Its true 3D exploratory gameplay, its vast and varied level designs, its colorful cast of characters, and its picture-perfect control create a fantastic atmosphere.
  11. 100
    Like "Sonic" and "Crash," Spyro grabs on and doesn't let go, and the complexity of the levels, hidden games, and non-stop action make it one of the year's best platform games.
  12. 91
    A universally excellent game.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Don't be fooled by that cutesy purple dragon - this ain't just a kiddie game. [Nov 2001, p.51]
  14. One of the rare, few 32-bit games that still impresses, still retains magic after being beaten, and still begs for one last shot at exploring all its secrets and milking all its three-dimensional worth.
  15. Spank!
    A good, solid 3D platformer that won't disappoint fans of the purple dragon, but may leave fans of the genre feeling a little empty.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
#9 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 244 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 244
  1. Jonny
    Oct 15, 2007
    This game was brilliant. the imaginative levals just make you want to play it through the night. and the music is catchy.
  2. Kasey
    Dec 27, 2006
    This is by FAR my favorite game but I hate those new ones. I like the old Spyro sparx and hunter and the others. Those new ones dont even This is by FAR my favorite game but I hate those new ones. I like the old Spyro sparx and hunter and the others. Those new ones dont even have the same voice...WHATS UP WITH THAT!?. Full Review »
  3. RoccoRasco
    Feb 12, 2003
    Best of the series, a blast!