Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
Buy On
  1. In many ways, this is the Spyro game fans have been waiting for, and a perfectly plausible place for everyone else to start.
  2. While there are some glaring flaws that should not have been overlooked, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is a pretty decent game that will satisfy Spyro fans and capture the attention and interest of new fans as well.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    Sky-high production values, lavish special effects and great fun to explore with a friend. A highly enjoyable adventure that you'll happily forgive for its shortcomings. [Christmas 2008, p.63]

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 12, 2012
    this game is a little too hard im stuck at the level right before the dark master's lair level, fighting two of those mace wielding giantthis game is a little too hard im stuck at the level right before the dark master's lair level, fighting two of those mace wielding giant grublins at the same time, but it has the most interesting plot and awesome cutscenes of the trilogy, but i prefer TLOS: A New Beginning more. Full Review »
  2. Apr 23, 2016
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The Legend of Spyro... More like The Legend of Boringness. So this is a game about exploration, but i just don't find the world really fun to explore. It's really confusing and its very easy to get stuck at times. And sometimes you don't even get enough tutorials on a few levels. For example. in one level in a place called Dragon City, you were supposed to close a door. However, i didn't know it meant, first use your fire ability in one of the spots and then close the door. The combat is also very tedious. It's a button mashing thing that just keeps repeating. It's just so boring too most of the time. So here's my list of the pros and cons:

    -Interestingly designed characters
    -A bit of atmosphere.

    Yes, that's literally it for the pros, so now we go to the bad things:

    -Lack of memorable characters
    -Button mashing combat
    -Not enough advice
    -Very confusing
    -Co-op almost needed for the entire game

    So, sorry Spyro fans but that's my rating to this game. And i don't even understand how the Wii port got
    better ratings than the other ports, even if it technically was the worst. So... yeah.
    Full Review »
  3. JuddMan
    Mar 12, 2009
    A thoroughly enjoyable game, once you get used to the controls, and even more fun with a friend.