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Spyro: Year of the Dragon (Video Game 2000) Poster

(2000 Video Game)

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This is the last Spyro game to be created by Insomniac games.
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On the pause menu, if you push Square, Square, Circle, Circle, Square, Square, Circle, Circle, you'll be taken to a hidden dialogue test, which allows you to listen to any character's dialogue. When you play it, the dialogue will infinitely loop over the music. If you access the Dialogue Test in Evening Lake, there will be 2 unused dialogue strings of the Professor.
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The Skateboard that Spyro uses has Rypto, the villain in the game's predecessor, on the back.
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In Dino Mines, if you use the "Swim In Air" glitch, there is a Red building that has a portal behind it. If you go through it, you'll be transported to an empty arena. There is an invisible portal in the middle, which will take take you back to the normal world, but it'll be right over the edge, causing you to forever fall to your death until you lose all your lives.
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In Midnight Mountain, there is a large island off in the distance that can't be accessed through normal gameplay, that has 3 extra lives on it. This island originally was going to have the Super Bonus Round portal on it, and according to Senior Artist Craig Stitt, there was a very tall whirlwind that would take you up to it after defeating the Sorceress in the final battle, but the whirlwind was removed, and the portal was moved much closer. They accidentally left the lives behind, though.
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At the skateboarding parks, by doing several twisting moves, you will get these two nearly impossible moves, Gnasty Gnorc, and Ragin Ripto, you get them by doing the same twist repeatedly. The villain in the original Spyro game was Gnasty Gnorc, and the second game is called Ripto's Rage, after the villain in that.
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According to the Chinese zodiac, the year 2000 is the year of the dragon, the same year this game was released.
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Some of the backgrounds from the first Spyro game's levels are reused in most of the levels in this game.
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On the title screen, if you hold R2+L1, you'll be taken to a Crash Bash demo.
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Some of the NCP characters were named after things. e.g some dragons are named after musicians.
  • Coltrane - John Coltrane
  • Bruce - Bruce Springstein
  • Miles - Miles Davis
  • Dizzy - Dizzy Gillespie
  • Duke - Duke Elington
  • John - John Lenon
  • Mingus - Charles Mingus
  • Chet - Chet Atkins
  • Thelonious - Thelonious Monk
  • Herbi - Herbi Hancock
  • Frank - Frank Sinatra
  • Brubeck - Dave Bruebeck
  • Stuart - Stewart Copeland (drummer of the Police, wrote music for Spyro games)
  • Charlie - Charlie Parker
  • Al - Weird Al Yankovic
Several of the baby Dragons are named after other people.
  • Sanders - Colonel Sanders
  • Cerny - Mark Cerny, Game Producer and Designer
  • Shemp - a villain from Spyro 1.
  • Sigfried & Roy
  • Jonah - From The Bible, swallowed by a big fish (whale).
And two others Tara Croft = Lara Croft of Tomb Raider and Prince Azrael the Cat Wizard = named after the wizard cat in the Smurfs.
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The jaunty string melody heard in the music from Midnight Mountain is very similar to the string melody in the song Englishman in New York by Sting. Stewart Copeland, the composer of the first four Spyro games, founded The Police with Sting before he moved onto composing soundtracks.
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