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Sly Trilogy (Playstation Vita)
Sly Trilogy (Playstation Vita)
Price: £21.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Sly Trilogy is now portable!, 24 May 2014
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I was very impressed with this trilogy. I already own the PS3 version of this trilogy but decided to get the vita version as well anyway.
I'm slightly confused as to why only Sly 1 and 2 are on the actual game card, and Sly 3 has to be downloaded with the supplied code, but hey.
A lot of thought was put into porting this for the Vita. Firstly, the controls have been reworked to better accommodate the PS Vita- for example touching the screen will bring up the Binoc-u-com, and touching the rear pad will "ping" the waypoints in Sly 2 and 3. (The characters' dialogues have also been redone slightly at some points so that they mention the touchscreens instead of L3 and R3 too).
The game looks great on the small screen too, and look as good as they did on the big screen. I did very occasionally encounter some slowdown, but usually only when there was a lot going on and it never lasted for more than a second or two so it isn't a big problem.
Also, it may just been my imagination, but I think they have slightly improved the problem that the PS3 version had with Mz Ruby's boss fight issue where the music was out of sync with action- It still isn't perfect, but it is easier to listen to. I was also pleased to find that they have put Bentley's narration back into the credits of Sly 3.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides to this version. The biggest one is that since there are only 2 shoulder buttons and one is used for sprinting, this only leaves one free for assigning moves in sly 2 and 3, meaning that instead of 3 being available at once, you now only get 1. The game's still perfectly playable like this, but means you have to switch the moves around a bit more, making it more fiddly.
I'm also still not too impressed with the remixed music in Sly 1- This was also present in the PS3 version, but I always preffered the original PS2 soundtrack. Oh well...
Overall,this is an excellent version. If you like the Sly games and have a Vita, I highly recommend you get this trilogy.

Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)
Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £17.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, 30 Dec. 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is without a doubt one of the very best games I have played this year. Everything about it just took my breath away- the charm, the graphics, the gameplay gimmicks- all add up to make a gaming gem.
The presentation is just amazing- absolutely everything in the world of this game is made out of paper- you really feel as if you've stumbled into a giant arts and crafts project. It doesn't just look great either, the sounds in this game are perfect; whether you're walking up a wall of glue, or paper is flapping in the wind, the sound effects really make you feel like you are experiencing it.
Of course, none of this would matter if the game wasn't fun to play. Luckily this game does not fail here either. Every single one of the Vita's functions are utilised in this game, whether you are taking a photo of the real world to use in the game, to pressing your fingers on the rear touch screen which causes fingers to actually burst through the background, to the general platforming gameplay- all of this is pulled off flawlessly.
There is so much to do and play around with in this game. On my first day of playing I struggled to put the game down I was having so much fun. I cannot do this game full justice in a review- it really needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
If you own a PS Vita, then this game is a must have.

Rayman Legends (PS3)
Rayman Legends (PS3)
Price: £11.56

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2D platforming perfection!, 17 Sept. 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rayman Legends (PS3) (Video Game)
This game is absolutely amazing! I was apprehensive that this would not measure up to its predecessor Rayman Origins, but i had nothing to worry about- I was hooked from the beginning!
Firstly, I'm so glad that they released this across all platforms, rather than making it a Wii U exclusive which is what they were originally going to do. They did a terrific job adapting this outside the Wii U console's controls, specifically the Murfy sequences which are played by pressing the circle button to make Murfy perform his actions. I personally think this works just as well as the touch pad method on Wii U.
The graphics are beautiful. I thought Origins was pretty, but this is just breathtaking. A lot of thought and detail has gone into this, while still retaining the cartoonish humour and charm that this series is well known for.
The gameplay for Rayman Legends is just top notch- there is so much variety here that you will not easily get bored. One minute you are playing a standard platforming level, next thing you know you're running a frantic gauntlet, and then there's the music levels- these are awesome sequences that involve running, jumping and punching to the music- often to a well known song. These need to be experienced first hand as writing about them does them no justice. In place of the time attacks from the previous game, you now have "invaded" levels. You still need to go fast, but they are less repetitive than time trials.
If you want to take a break from the main gameplay, the online daily and weekly challenges are a welcome addition- I thought I'd just try them out, but I soon found myself playing them over and over saying "just one more try!". They're completely optional, but are a good way to earn extra Lums, especially if you want to unlock that final character.

If you enjoyed Rayman Origins, then I cannot recommend this game enough. It improves on it in every way possible, and I cannot put all its good points into one review. It really needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. A near perfect game, and easily the best thing I've played all year.

Spyro Adventure
Spyro Adventure

5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great game, 18 May 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Spyro Adventure (Video Game)
Of all the Spyro games on the GBA, this one is definitely my favourite. Spyro must find and collect all 12 "hearts" to fix a space rift that he, Sparx and the Professor have accidently created. Each level, or land, has a Heart. The gameplay style is pretty much the same as the previous installments, but has a new twist:

You must collect the Heart from each land, but the keepers will always have a problem that prevents them from just handing it over. This always results with the same solution. You must find them 7 specific items which can then be traded for the Heart. Sounds straightforward, right? Well, unfortunately, these items are not in the land that needs them- they are all scattered throughout the whole game! So basically, what starts as a typical Spyro adventure of collecting required items soon turns into a multiple scavenger hunt. Just in case that wasn't hard enough, many items are locked in the various coloured treasure chests- red, green, purple and yellow, and you can't open them until you found the corresponding key.
This is where the other 2 playable characters come in. Throughout the lands, you will come across air vents that lead to either a Sgt. Byrd or Agent 9 level. Completing these will reward you with half a key, and once you have a whole key, you can then open the chest of that colour. It all sounds a bit much, and does mean a LOT of backtracking, but its very fun, and it feels really rewarding and satisfying when you have finally collected all 7 items to a set.

Aside from the gameplay, the music is very, very nice. Each music track really feels that it fits the mood of the level. The dialogue is also very good, and the banter between Spyro, Sparx and the other characters is at times very funny, and just adds more charm to the game.

If I had to criticize one thing about the game, it's that sometimes, it does get just a tad too cutesy. Spyro has always been friendly to a younger audience, but this game takes it a bit too far with a few bits of dialogue. For example, at the beginning, the professor instructs his new robotic butler to "fetch some milk and cookies for Spyro"- He's a fire-breathing dragon! He doesn't need "milk and cookies"! This, and a couple of other moments in the game did make me roll my eyes a bit, but at least its not that often, and shouldn't put off older gamers.

Overall, this game is refreshingly different and very enjoyable, with a good balance on difficulty that both younger and older gamers. A must-buy for any fan of the legendary purple dragon!

Spyro 2: Season of Flame (GBA)
Spyro 2: Season of Flame (GBA)
Offered by John Seth Smith
Price: £44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement on the previous installment!, 18 May 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is brilliant! Although at first glance it looks almost identical to Season of Ice, this game has noted all the flaws from that game, and fixed them in this one. The controls are nice and tight, the difficulty has been evened out, and the game just feels more cartoony and user friendly, without seeming patronising or childish. The inclusion of 3 different save slots is welcome, and so is the new Map feature, which really helps find places you haven't been to yet, so can help with missing gems.

The storyline is basically as follows- Spyro has returned home from a recent vacation to find that the dragon realms are freezing cold, and to top it all off, his flame breath has been turned to ice. He must therefore travel the realms and bring back the fireflies which grant the dragons their flame.

The minigames in this game are really fun, and as well as playing as Spyro, you also get to play as Sheila the Kangaroo and Agent 9 from the PS1 game Year of the Dragon. This gives a welcome mix in the gameplay (though did they really have give Sheila a stereotypical Australian accent in this game?).

As you progress through the game, you will earn back your flame breath, as well as a few other new abilties. Completing the game also unlocks a couple of new minigames, which are actually pretty good, and a nice reward.

Overall, this game is a real gem, and anyone who found Season of Ice a bit too hard should definitely try this one.

Spyro: Season of Ice (GBA)
Spyro: Season of Ice (GBA)

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.

Rayman Origins (PS3)
Rayman Origins (PS3)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £13.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says side scroller games are a thing of the past?, 1 Jan. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rayman Origins (PS3) (Video Game)
This game is brilliant! The visuals are absolutely stunning, for one thing, but the gameplay itself is just top notch. If you loved the very first rayman then you're going to love this, as it brings back well known aspects such as the caged electoons, and riding Moskito, but has also included plenty of characters and attributes from the newer rayman games, and at the same time is perfect for people who are completely new to the rayman franchise.
The game is basically a side scrolling game, but is so packed with action and slapstick humour, as well as plenty to unlock and do that it gives plenty of replay value. If you're not a seriously gamer, then you'll have enough fun getting through all the levels, but if you're a hard core player, then there's time trials to go through, unlockable characters and medals for getting enough lums in a level, which are tough and leave no room for error.
The game also allows for up to 4 player co-op play, but is just as fun and playable for 1 player.
I really liked rayman 1, 2 and 3, but I'm so glad they have made another 2d rayman game, and cannot recommend this game enough. Give it a go!

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack (PS3)
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack (PS3)
Offered by games-n-console-land
Price: £13.00

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spyro's toy form!, 15 Oct. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Firstly, despite the fact that this game has spyro's name in the title, it's not really a spyro game, but rather a game that features spyro, if that makes sense. It's more like a whole new gaming series. I didn't know exactly what to expect when buying this game since I have seen the harsh and unfair critizism this game has suffered by other some other spyro fans since its announcement, and I knew that this game would be a far cry from the original spyro PS1 trilogy that I fell in love with way back years ago, which in my opinion will always be the best spyro games. However, this game did not disappoint me and I don't regret buying it one bit.

The gameplay is very enjoyable, if not overly challenging- You can tell this game was designed with a young audience in mind, but still that doesn't mean it's too easy for older players like me as there's plenty that experienced gamers will enjoy, such as the Hero Challenges. You will be fighting enemies a lot, but this allows your characters to gain experience and level up, and the combat is much less repetitive than the combat in the Legend of Spyro series. Occasionaly you will come across puzzles, such as lock picking, box pushing, and laser redirecting, and while these will require some thought and concentration, they do not become frustrating. The controls are tight, the graphics are beautiful and colourful, and the dialogue is humourous and witty, and will cause a few chuckles. The playable characters don't really talk much in the game, but will speak when you place them on the portal, each with their own comments and battle cries.

The idea of placing the character toys on the portal to play as them is a very interesting one, and let's you switch characters anytime you like- even while playing a level. there are 32 characters overall (though only approximately half of those are available to buy to this date, the rest will be released later) and fall in 8 different elements. you will get 3 toys with the game, the rest you buy separately. You can buy whichever characters you like but will need characters of a specific element to reach certain parts of levels. This unfortunately does mean that completing the game could get quite pricey since you will need to buy at least one character from each element for 100% completion, but is entirely optional, as you don't need additional characters to finish the storyline, so you can take your time and buy new character toys at your own pace.

Overall this game is addictive and very, very fun for the young, or like me, the young at heart. Whether you have played previous spyro games or not, I highly recommend you try this game. It does not deserve the hate suffered during its development, and I have been a dedicated spyro fan for years, and while this is still does not reach level of the old games (in my opinion), Skylanders is a real treat and a brilliant game in it's own right.
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My Frogger Toy Trials (Nintendo DS)
My Frogger Toy Trials (Nintendo DS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way better than it looks, 6 Jun. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
By looking at the title and box cover of this game, this game may seem childish and boring. Well it's not. It's actually a really fun and humourous game. The plot goes something like this- Tobi inc is a massive toy company that sells a "toy pet" a pet that can be whatever species you want it to be, and if you enter the toy pet tournament with your new pet and win, tobi inc will grant you any wish. It may seem like a weird plot, but hey. You play as both a young boy named Kyle (though you can name him whatever you want), and his toy pet Frogger. Frogger's levels are the actual main levels and are the standard hop and dodge gameplay we have come to expect from frogger. You control Kyle between levels. There are a lot of collectibles in this game and different play modes, and if you are willing to explore a bit, you can find bonus levels and costumes, which give Frogger new and interesting abilities. There is a lot of backtracking as some items can't be collected until Frogger gets a new costume.
Unfortunately this game is also very punishing and with some puzzles that have no room for error, it can get very frustrating, especially when you have to start a level right from the beginning after your health runs out. This sometimes unfair difficulty is why I have only given it 4 stars. One other thing I advise is that you save before starting each level, as you can't quit a level without quitting the whole game if you are playing a level for the first time. Completing this game with all items and stamps may take a long time and a lot of patience.
Overall I really enjoyed this game and was quite impressed by it. If you have played any of the other frogger games on the game boy advance or DS and liked them, then I strongly recommed this one.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (PS2)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (PS2)

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Jan. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been a fan of spyro ever since the first one on the psone and have liked the legend of spyro trilogy, though found the gamplay of walking down a path then being ambushed by enemies every 5 minutes to be a bit boring and too repetitive, though i enjoyed the storyline. i also think that the 2nd title in the trilogy-the eternal night- to be the weakest game. however, i was amazed at how much better dawn of the dragon is. the graphics are beautiful on the ps2 and a major improvement from the previous two. gameplay is no longer just making your way through the level down a long path and is more based on fulfilling objectives and solving puzzles. yes there is still fighting but is not as monotonous as the previous two. there are also collectibles now that you need all of for 100% such as armour, and health crystals. you can also switch between playing as spyro or cynder anytime or play co-op 2 player together, and can fly anytime.
the storyline also ends very well.
no, this game is still not in the same league as the original insomniac spyro trilogy on ps1, but for anyone who was disappointed with the eternal night, you may be pleasantly suprised with this one.

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