Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. While the game is frustrating in a number of parts, it's still rather fun to play, if perhaps a bit too much for the young audience it's aimed at.
  2. It rarely feels repetitive, is often inspiring and immersive, and takes the Spyro franchise along an interesing path. I'm somewhat biased because of the nostalgic feelings I get from the Spyro franchise, but I will say I only stopped playing this game a few times from start to finish. I simply didn't want to stop playing. That should tell you something.
  3. Ultimately, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is a well put-together platformer, especially for younger gamers.
  4. It’s a supernova of colour, particularly on a HD setup.
  5. Spyro fans and gamers in the target age group are going to love Dawn of the Dragon and don’t be surprised if the older siblings in the house and even the parents get caught up in the magic that is Spyro. It really is fun from start to finish.
  6. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is an overall fun single or multiplayer experience for anyone that wants to rejoin the adventures of the legendary purple dragon.
  7. A big, enjoyable adventure, marred only by some technical issues. [Christmas 2008, p.64]
  8. In conclusion, this game is on the mark for the fans and will take the average gamer around 10 - 15 hours to successfully complete.
  9. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon offers fast jump ’n’ run-adventure-action, which especially kids will enjoy. Compared to the latest Crash Bandicoot the game seems to be more grown-up and exciting.
  10. 73
    Cooperative multiplayer mode aside, there's no "new generation" style hook and the resulting play mechanics therefore don't feel fresh (especially after two prequels), but the fundamentals are sound and the presentation better than you expect.
  11. Ambitious as it is, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon does its job well with an admirable storyline and incredible audio department.
  12. It isn’t perfect, and the repetitive nature of the combat really can grind at times, but if you liked Rare’s Kameo but thought it was let down for being too shallow and not enough platforming then you really shouldn’t be looking any further.
  13. The combat grows repetitive, but the various power-ups, including fire and electricity, are awesome.
  14. Taking flight for the seemingly last time, Spyro gets regrettably grounded by some debilitating gameplay features, most notably the camera that will have gamers madly spewing fire and brimstone.
  15. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is a solid game weighed down by dents and dings that could have been hammered out had it been given either more time on the anvil, or a more scrutinizing once-over.
  16. 67
    The visuals and characters scream casual kid's game that parents tag along to, while some of the complicated mechanics and platforming elements will frustrate even veteran gamers.
  17. The graphics are there, the story is there, and the mechanics are just a few tweaks shy of perfect. Yet when it comes to gameplay, that final and most important 10 percent, most folks will find themselves getting bored, lost, annoyed, or all three.
  18. A very average title. Good-looking graphics are plagued with frame rate problems and questionable camera angles.
  19. This game could have fared far worse, but it keeps itself sitting right on the mediocre line. Long-time Spyro fans should pick it up and enjoy it for what it is. The rest of us will find our platforming fun elsewhere.
  20. There isn't much to say about Spyro, it’s not a game with a lot of depth, nonetheless it is still mildly entertaining.
  21. Spyro grows up, flies in company, goes farther, glides over wider scenarios, but he doesn't better himself. The trilogy ends in a videogame which keeps alive the prestige of the franchise, although the power of the dragon should be improved in the future.
  22. Child friendly but not alienating to adults - this is an enjoyable adventure for one or two.
  23. For fans of the Spyro franchise, and Xbox 360 owners alike, I recommend that you pick this one up at your local rental store before you decided to drop 50 bucks on it.
  24. Long story short, this is a flawed game through and through. Even the most devout Spyro fans should avoid it. [Jan 2009, p.69]
  25. Dawn of the Dragon is a fun and large platformer with a great story plus the additional co-op, however the slowdown, cute graphics and terrible camera completely spoil it.
  26. By yanking the dragon's latest into adolescence, both kids and adults will be disappointed. [Jan 2009, p.75]
  27. Unfortunately, a video game’s success primarily comes down to the quality of the gameplay, and Dawn of the Dragon felt clunky and unpolished through the majority of my time playing it.
  28. If you're the lucky parent of patient children or you're happy enough to relive faded old glories, then you might just find enough here to justify the price. Everyone else should probably steer clear of what could have been a solid platformer, but quickly becomes an all-too-familiar grind.
  29. With all the power and advancements in consoles since the original game debuted nearly a decade ago, this game and indeed this whole trilogy has failed to recapture that magic. Maybe it's time for the series to change hands yet again.
  30. As kids’ games go this is a step in the right direction but too many of the old problems raise their ugly head, not that the kids will notice mind you.
  31. Lackluster gameplay makes this a disappointing conclusion to the Legend of Spyro series.
  32. The good news is that the developers of the respective franchises are trying to regain the glory they once held. The bad news is there’s still a long way to go, especially for our purple dragon friend.
  33. Perhaps the developers should have put a bit less effort into securing voice actors(Mark Hamill, Wayne Brady, and Elijah Wood have roles)and a bit more into fine-tuning the mechanics. [Holiday 2008, p.67]
  34. 33
    The game's buggy as hell, with severe slowdown, characters getting hung up in the level geometry, and stuttering audio.
  35. A lumpy ending to an uneven series, it’s unclear what conclusion Dawn of the Dragon is attempting to draw. If it’s overused set pieces, repeating gameplay, and obfuscated puzzle solving -- then Spyro succeeds.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 22, 2010
    How is this game scoring so lowly on here? Are you people without heart? Like what Black Eyed Pea sang on that song, Where is the Love? I played this game and it is truely magical, in the truest form of the word. The dragon steals the show with his fire breething capabilities. I like how in the options menu you can change the sound levels and the music levels (if you so desire). I have been blogging about games for close to 12 years now and I still find it hard to believe that more games like this arent bean made. The developers really took it up a notch on this one. The blew it outta the park and hit a home run. Its a total touchdown, a goalfest a summer barbecue. My only real problem with it is the lack of 4 player support as this wood have made it into my top 4 best games ever. Anyway, i only rented this game and played it for about 2 hours so the ending may have ruined it completely but the opening cinematic was awesome. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2011
    This game is truly awful stay away from this monstrosity,if you want to destroy something this game is the best choose,shame on those who created this monster!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. ChristianC.
    Oct 24, 2008
    Gorgeous graphics, excellent sound and score, multilanguage, great levels... Definitely a new fresh air of quality to a series who desperately need it. Although, some minor glitches in cutscenes animation and problems with the camera get this game a little away from perfection, but just a little. Full Review »