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Reliving Memories: Spyro the Dragon

Spyro the Dragon PS1

Spyro the Dragon is one of many favorite video games from my childhood. A platform, item collecting video game, Spyro the Dragon was released in 1998 by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. While this game was initially released to be played on PlayStation, I didn’t get this game until PlayStation 2, which allows video gamers to play games released on the original PlayStation. Along with this video game, I acquired Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro Year of the Dragon with it in a Spyro Collectors’ Edition case.

Spyro the Dragon is the first game in the series, which introduces you to the character Spyro, a small purple dragon. He must save his dragon elders from Gnasty Gnorc, who turned all of the dragon elders in the land into stone along with collect all the gems and eggs in the various worlds you travel to defeat this nasty villain. As Spyro, you fly from platform to platform, charge and flame your enemies as you travel across all of these worlds.

As a child, this video game made me fall in love with the Spyro series. It was one of many video games from my childhood that introduced me to platforming in video games. I remember many moments as a child traversing through the different worlds, flaming and charging enemies while releasing the elder dragons from their statue prisons.

Spyro the Dragon PS1 Peace Keepers World

I enjoy Spyro the Dragon because of its unique charm. As a child, most aspects in the game didn’t catch my eye as being cheesy. However, now that I’m older, they catch my attention and cause me to giggle in childish glee. One good example has to do with the enemies in the image above. Whenever these enemies go to hide from Spyro in these tents, they either cower in fear or moon you when you flame their hiding spot. As a child, I didn’t see the humor in this, but now that I’m older, I find it funny.

I also enjoy playing this game from my childhood because I love playing as Spyro and the challenges each world brings. I love getting to play as a small dragon who can flame as well as charge at his enemies. He is also able to fly, which allows you as the player to get to platforms you couldn’t otherwise reach. I also enjoy the worlds you get to go through because each one of them is unique and presents their own different challenges to the game. Some levels in the game have really high platforms that if you aren’t able to fly across will cause Spyro to fall into the abyss while others have water or some other obstacle that if you land in will cause Spyro’s health to deplete. And other worlds have super charge boosts, which are usually useful when getting to difficult platforms that flying won’t help you reach.

Spyro the Dragon PS1 Tree Tops

Images from one of the most difficult levels in the game Tree Tops.

Spyro the Dragon is also enjoyable because of the challenge it presents to the player. Some of the platforms you have to get onto are really high up or very difficult to reach to where you have to use other platforms to get onto them. This presents a challenge for the player especially if you are trying to clear the game by getting all of the gems, dragons, and eggs. Part of this challenge can be seen in the timed flying levels where you have to go through obstacles before the timer runs out. While you don’t gain anything unique from completing these levels, by doing so you collect all the gems in those levels and get closer to completing the game.

Spyro the Dragon PS1 Flying Level

Now that I’m older and playing Spyro the Dragon, I remember a lot of my recent experiences playing this game. I remember playing it last summer the amount of fun I had and now try the best I can to completely clear the game and having fun doing so, which is why I’m playing it again. I look forward to continue playing this series and continue reliving memories from my childhood.

Reliving Memories: Kirby’s Dreamland 2

Game Boy Kirby's Dream Land 2 Front Cover

Every video gamer remembers the first video game they beat. Whether you started playing video games in your youth or just recently started playing them, this one facet of your gaming life is something you don’t forget. For me, the first video game I beat was Kirby’s Dreamland 2.

Released in 1995 on Game Boy and developed by HAL Laboratory, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 is a platform game. It centers on a pink ball of fluff named Kirby who has the ability to swallow his enemies and imitate their abilities. The player travels on seven islands in this world each with their own boss that you have to fight and defeat before going to the next.

As a child, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 was a video game I had a lot of fun playing. I spent hours playing it and was able to beat it in no time. You add the cute animals that help Kirby through each of the levels and I was hooked.

Kirby fighting one of the bosses with the help of Coo the Owl. Found this image on Arcade Bros. website.
Kirby fighting one of the bosses with the help of Coo the Owl. Found this image on Arcade Bros. website.

For me, when I say I beat a video game, I mean that I got through the whole game. I made it through all the tough boss battles, dialogue (if there is any), and saw the credits roll. Even if I don’t collect all of the items to get a one hundred percent on the game, I still consider the game beaten if I’ve gotten through every other aspect of the game. I play video games for fun and getting all of the items in one game doesn’t give me any sort of pride or sense of accomplishment. Instead, I start getting bored playing video games if I have to go back and get every single item in order to get a one hundred percent in the game.

And as a child, I was proud of beating Kirby’s Dreamland 2. I enjoyed playing the levels because they weren’t too difficult and it was a good game for me on family road trips. As a child, I played this game many times on road trips when going to visit my grandmother in Pennsylvania. The drive to her place was twelve hours and playing Kirby’s Dreamland 2 made the trip go by faster.

I also enjoyed playing this game because of the music. The music entertained me and made game play light and fun. Seeing Kirby absorbing enemies and using their abilities was also an added bonus.

Rick the hamster and Kirby using the umbrella to kill an enemy. http://linkrandom.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-look-into-video-games-rick-kirby.html
Rick the hamster and Kirby using the umbrella to kill an enemy. http://linkrandom.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-look-into-video-games-rick-kirby.html

Playing Kirby’s Dreamland 2 now, I feel a sense of nostalgia remembering the many times I was able to beat this game. Kirby’s Dreamland 2 holds a special place in my heart. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy game to play on any occasion.

 

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