Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

A feisty, fiery dragon adventure that's magical.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 17+


I think it's a great game 2 play.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (15):

The game isn't a completely open environment. So you can't fly anywhere you like. Want to check out a waterfall in the depths of a cavern? It's like there's an invisible fence preventing you from doing so. And, early on, while you can look around by using the right control stick, it's like you have a stiff neck: you can't look at anything in a full 360 degrees, not even a full 180 degrees. (This changes in the second level, where you can look around a full 180 degrees.) And sometimes, when switching between gameplay and a canned scene, your screen will become black for a split second, an egregious error of design.

You can't save your game at will, but there are enough save points interspersed throughout to make most gamers happy. While there's no online component to the game, there is two-player coop. A second player can drop-in or drop-out at any time, kind of a handy feature. But the true brilliance of Dawn of the Dragon is the mix of a taut, Hollywood-movie-like tale, fine actors, and, most importantly, exciting gameplay. You'll feel like you can fly like a dragon. You'll scale walls by using the vines that have grown there, then jump from vine to vine when the wall separates the two. You'll see elements of the recent Prince of Persia and God of War games, both great games to use as inspiration. And your jaw will drop, full of joy and wonder.

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