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Spyro: Season of Ice (GBA)

by Sierra
Game Boy Advance
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Explore 30 new fun levels
  • Experience traditional 3D Spyro worlds, race through a 3D Speedway
  • Enjoy Spyro's classic effects and abilities such as Gliding, Flaming
  • Original storyline that takes Spyro to new and unique lands
  • Interact with New Characters as well as past favourites
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

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  • ASIN: B00005NCER
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm ; 726 g
  • Release Date: 22 Feb. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,486 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

Whereas Crash Bandicoot is often described as the PlayStation's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog, the nearest Sony's machine ever got to a 3-D Super Mario-style adventure was the Spyro the Dragon titles. They may have been a little simplistic but they were better efforts than most and this new isometric offering on the GBA is also surprisingly fun.

Spyro has the same basic range of moves as on the PlayStation as you jump and float around the game world breathing fire at all and sundry. Although the basic gameplay simply involves you collecting hundreds of fairies and other items, much effort is made to ensure things don't get too monotonous, mostly through a long series of sub-quests and mini-games. The mini-games are particularly good as they often use a side-on or first person perspective, which makes for a nice change of pace.

The only problem with the game is the rather empty feeling to it all--the levels are enormous and it's easy to get lost--but this is a problem that could easily be levelled at the original PlayStation games so it seems unfair to criticise too harshly. It's hardly revolutionary but a pleasing amount of effort has gone into this and it's certain to please fans of the series. --David Jenkins

Manufacturer's Description

In Spyro: Season of Ice, Spyro, trying to relax during a much deserved, uninterrupted vacation in Dragon Shores, receives a message that a careless Rhynoc wizard has captured Zoe and frozen all the fairies throughout the Fairy Realms. Using her last bit of magic, Zoe sends a magic balloon to Spyro for help. Determined to save his friends from the wicked wizard, Spyro teams up with his friends Hunter and Sparx to save Zoe and free as many of the frozen fairies before time runs out. Together, Spyro and his friends confront all new bosses and lands never before seen with dragon eyes.

Players will experience the traditional 3D Spyro worlds and enjoy Spyro's classic effects and abilities while exploring 30 new and enchanted levels, including Lava Prairie, Hummingbird Village, Honey Marsh, Roman Holiday, Star Park and Age Speedway.

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Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but poor controls 30 July 2003
By A Customer
I bought this version of Spyro after having already completed (almost!) the previous Spyro games (apart from Enter the Dragonfly, which was dreadful!) All in all I though the game was really good, but sometimes I found it was really difficult to control the dragon, especially when jumping.
Worth the money, but you would be better off getting season of flame instead as it's easier to control and the game just looks much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Playable but not outstanding 4 Jun. 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The three original Spyro games on the Playstation, along with the first four Crash Bandicoot games, marked the epitome of the 3-D platformer. Rendered and dynamic environment with solid gamplay. That era is long gone but at the time of this game's release I wanted to continue to live the dream in a portable medium...

However, the world created here is uninspired and a bit tedious (I realise it's for kids but hey) and the levels don't really fit into the GBA's graphics style. Fundamentally, after revisting this game recently, I've realise it's just the controls that really let it down. It's hard to utilise those shoulder buttons and the D-pad...gliding and precise landing is now impossible for Spyro....something that seemed so simple and enjoyable on a Playstation. You'll end up repeating the same simple jumps, falling off the egdes and missing things. Maybe I'm just a bad gamer, but surely it's not meant to be that tricky. I shouldn't have to display mad skills just because the game is poorly designed.

A bit of a rushed title, I still think it holds up better than all the stupid looking PS2 Spyro titles...I guess Spyro belongs on the Wii now or whatever.

Ironically, Crash's GBA games are a lot more fun. I haven't played much of the other adaptations of Spyro on GBA though.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spyros Back! 24 Jan. 2002
I immediatly picked up Spyro when it came out. Id played the PS versions before it, and that was enough reason to buy it. I still remember my first thought about the game - 'Damn this is an annoying perspective!'. And its true. The sorta-3d perspective is really annoying at first, but you get used to it after about 10 minutes.
Anyways, the graphics on this game are beautiful. The semi-3d perspective has allowed for the game producers to add in some beautiful backgrounds, and the sprites are well animated and suit their places. Spyro looks perfect, everything about him has been replicated from the PS versions. His flame breath looks great, and when he charges there is absoloutly no slow down at all. The controls on the game seem tricky at first, and the perspective doesnt help, but theyre pretty easy to pick up and they offer good control over Spyro. The music on the game is very good as well, being a mixture of new tracks, along with remixed PS tracks.
The gameplay is sometimes a bit linear, with the main objective being 'collect a lotta things to get a fairy', but its generally quite fun, and there is also some mini games in there to keep the interest flowing. The replay value is huge, as the game isnt fully complete untill you collect every gem, and every fairy, and even once you have completed it, there is another mini game unlocked for your amusement.
I can only find a few faults with this game:
1) the perspective makes it really hard to land Spyro after a jump, as the only sort of idea you get on where your going to land is your shadow, which can be really frustrating at times.
2) The flying levels are really mundane. I was hoping for a 3d flying experience, ala Spyro 1, but all i got was a forward space-shooter type level.
Overall, a trully great game, up there with the likes of Mario and Sonic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spyro:Seasons of ice 17 Nov. 2001
When I purchased this I had only played the original Spyro on the PSX. This was enough knowledge on it's own to purchase the latest update. This uses the GBA to all it's potential with luscious visuals, great gameplay and some very nice fairies!!! This is a very good alternative to Mario. It has great replay value too trying to collect ALL the crystals and fairies on every level of which there are 20. Overall it's one of the best games on the GBA to date - a recommended purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but Good 30 Dec. 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
very good but it can get so repetitive after a while i finished the game after a year of hard playing
i would recommend this game but only to advanced gamers
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5.0 out of 5 stars great game 6 Mar. 2014
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love the spyro games and reliving the past by buying this one. so much fun for all ages and would recommend to a friend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but can get frustrating 18 May 2013
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Firstly, I have to applaud this game for staying true to the original PS1 Spyro trilogy. The game serves as a sequel to year of the dragon, with Spyro receiving a distress call from the fairies, who have been frozen with magic spell.The task is to travel throughout the word and save the fairies from their icy prisons. The game even manages to keep the speedway levels and sparx levels similarly seen in the previous spyro games.

Unfortunately, while the game is fun to play, it does suffer from some flaws which does make it quite frustrating. The game has an isometric view to it,which is a good way to present the game for the GBA, but makes it hard sometimes to judge the height of some platforms. Many times I lost lives just because a platform looked as though you can glide to it, but in fact was actually too high.
Also, the game is very unforgiving when you lose a life- in each level there is a fairy which can only be found by flaming all of a specific item, for example, in one level, you find the fairy by flaming all the candles. However, if you lose a life before flaming them all, they are all reset, and you must find them all again. Very annoying since some are in quite hard to reach places.

One of the most annoying things is gem collecting- if you're missing a gem in a level, good luck finding it! The levels are quite big, and with the view, finding a missing gem is a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Lastly, there is only one save slot, so only one game can be played at a time. Not too big an issue, but does mean sharing the game can be a bit difficult.

Overall, this game isn't terrible. In fact, Spyro fans will most likely enjoy it. But its few flaws prevent it from being a favourite. On the plus side, its sequel- Season of Flame- does an excellent job of fixing these flaws.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it very much
Published 1 month ago by t l stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars A baby dragon that wrecks stuff, it's like Game Of Thrones!
game arrived, played it, immediately thought 'WOW! Kid me had low standards for game'.

Still it's fun to pass the time.
Published 4 months ago by M8Tty
5.0 out of 5 stars grandsons present
This product was delivered boxed as described. Grandson (5) loves it and has it on screen from morning to bedtime. Great value
Published on 9 April 2010 by B. Cumbers
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great
i got this game for my birth day, i think its brill but its quite hard. i have completed it (well i used some cheats) and i want to start again. Read more
Published on 30 Aug. 2003 by sam (
4.0 out of 5 stars spyro makes a great debut on gameboy advance
This is the first time spyro has made an appearance on gameboy advance, and i have to say they've done a pretty good job. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2003 by "sarah18791"
4.0 out of 5 stars All new bosses and lands never before seen with dragon eyes
In Season of Ice, Spyro, relaxing during a much deserved vacation in Dragon Shores, receives a message that a careless Rhynoc wizard has captured Zoe and frozen all the fairies... Read more
Published on 22 Mar. 2002 by Sarah(
3.0 out of 5 stars fun but can be annoying!
This is a great easy game with some nice graphics if you don't want your brain taxed to much. There are irritants; ie. Read more
Published on 31 Dec. 2001
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