15 Best Games Like Spyro
The best games like Spyro are those that incorporate unique worlds, smooth platforming challenges, tons of movement options, and lots of collectibles.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy reminded players that the original trilogy of Spyro games still holds up incredibly well and is more than worth replaying time and again.
Spyro’s newer games have received a mixed reception, but it’s difficult to lobby too many criticisms at the first three games.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best games like Spyro that you can play right now.
Let’s start things off with somewhat of an honorable mention. The Skylanders series is arguably only as successful as it is, thanks to the inclusion of everyone’s favorite purple dragon.
Spyro acted as the catalyst through which the Skylanders developers could market their game/toy hybrid.
On the surface, Skylanders is actually a really cool idea. Companies are already releasing figurines like Amiibos that give in-game benefits, but what if an entire game was built around collecting these amazing figurines in real life?
Each Skylander has a unique move set and different abilities, and it can be really fun plugging your figurines into the game world and seeing them come alive.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, this kind of hobby can get pretty expensive much too quickly, and the overall gameplay of Skylanders left quite a lot to be desired.
Had a little more care and attention been put into this series, it could have been really great. But, as it stands, Skylanders is a little difficult to recommend to people.
That being said, if you are less in love with the Spyro games than you are with Spyro as a character, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is yet another place you can play as him!
14. Sly Cooper Collection
Sly Cooper is another PlayStation mascot with a trilogy of beloved games. While the core elements of platforming can be found in both the Sly Cooper series and Spyro alike, Sly Cooper leans much more into the stealth aspects of its game.
Not only will players need to complete tough platforming challenges, but will need to do so without being detected by multiple enemies.
Another thing that links Sly Cooper to Spyro is the inclusion of multiple playable characters. In Sly Cooper, players can take control of both Bentley and Murray, for example, whereas in Spyro, players can also play as Sheila, Hunter, and Sgt. James Byrd, just to name a few!
Each of these characters comes with its own unique movement and gameplay styles, and it is up to you to decide how to utilize their kits most effectively.
If you loved Spyro 3 and its inclusion of a huge cast of playable characters, the Sly Cooper series might be just what you are looking for to recapture the magic.
13. Super Mario 3D All Stars
Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings together the major triumphs of Mario’s 3D lifespan. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are all fully playable on this one game, either on your TV or on the go!
Super Mario 64 revolutionized the platforming genre, and almost every game that came after it can thank the plumber for setting the standard.
Super Mario Sunshine is where Mario perfected his movement. There are tons of ways to maneuver about a level in Super Mario Sunshine via flips, wall jumps, and of course, FLUDD.
Super Mario Galaxy took a step back from the freedom of open world levels to take players on a magical tour instead. Worlds are more linear, but the music, spectacle, and overall majesty of the game are on a completely different level from anything that came before it.
If you love 3D platformers, there is no excuse for not having played any of these games yet! Especially now, you can play all three of them on one cartridge on the Nintendo Switch.
12. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is one of the flagship platforming titles for the PS5. Much like LittleBigPlanet acted as a sort of tech demo for what the PlayStation 3 was capable of, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a light-hearted casual timesink for the lucky few out there that managed to get their hands on a PS5.
The game doesn’t feature anything too challenging but draws players in with the amazing graphics and decent enough gameplay.
The great thing about Spyro is that you are free to explore each level at your own pace. Unlike other games that have time limits pushing you towards the end goal as fast as possible, Spyro games are all about taking your time to explore and collect.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure mimics this concept perfectly and will never punish players for stopping to smell the roses (or possibly collect them)!
11. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
The original Yooka-Laylee is more in-line with a traditional Spyro game. In Yooka-Laylee, you will travel across various worlds, collecting items, unlocking new abilities, and transforming into different forms.
However, Yooka-Laylee’s inherent need to act as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie holds it back. The game lacks any kind of real challenge, and the charm of the N64 titles is all but lost here.
That being said, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a great follow-up. The game still takes inspiration from another Rare title (this time, Donkey Kong Country) but is more focused on being a good game as opposed to trying to emulate a classic.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a game built around uniquely challenging platforming challenges from beginning to end. All of these culminate in the titular Impossible Lair, which players are actually free to tackle from the very start of the game.
If you enjoy a challenge, feel free to take on the last level whenever you like. However, casual players can play through the game to increase their health for the final showdown.
10. Okami HD
Okami HD is one of the best adventure games on Switch. In this game, you play as a wolf and journey across various levels, and take on challenging boss fights.
One of the big appeal points for Okami has always been its stunning visuals. Even when the game was first released back on the PlayStation 2, the art style was beautiful to look at.
Incorporating traditional Japanese brush strokes into its combat makes gameplay both interesting and gorgeous.
Now, Okami HD cranks up all these ideas to the max, and each world is even more amazing to explore.
Both Spyro and Okami have you taking control of a quadrupedal main character. Because of this, there are a lot of interesting mechanics that only a four-legged creature could tackle.
If you liked playing as a dragon in Spyro along with everything that came with playing as a mythical creature, Okami is a great alternative.
9. Sonic Mania
Much like Spyro, Sonic has had a somewhat rough ride over the years. Both mascots went from having an incredibly successful debut trilogy to becoming nothing more than a marketing ploy and then finally standing in the limelight once again.
What the Spyro Reignited Trilogy did for Spyro, Sonic Mania did for Sonic. Sonic Mania, designed by fans for fans, takes everything players love about the blue blur and serves it up in a single game.
No Werehogs, no convoluted plots, and no Sonic Boom Knuckles will be found here. Just tight platforming gameplay, incredible music, and lightning-fast speed!
Plenty of sections in Spyro require using high speed. Chasing down the egg thieves requires you to almost constantly charge and the speed boost sections require pinpoint accuracy while traveling much faster than usual.
If you enjoy reactionary platforming challenges at an elevated speed, Sonic Mania is the game for you!
8. Ape Escape
Ape Escape is a fun collect-a-thon game in which you will explore various locations and track down a bunch of escaped apes.
The game is designed around collectibles, and each ape is placed in a calculated spot to lead players through the different locations of each level.
Much like Spyro, gems, eggs, and dragon statues act as markers for where you should be going next at any given point in a level.
There’s never a worry of getting stuck at a roadblock in either of these games, as keen-eyed players just need to keep their eyes peeled for the next collectible to grab!
If you loved the collection aspect of Spyro and enjoy scouring levels to drain each world of its resources completely, Ape Escape is the game for you!
7. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank has always been a game series focused on fast-paced action, unique platforming challenges, and collectibles. However, where you collect gems and eggs in a game like Spyro, in Ratchet and Clank, you will be collecting an arsenal of deadly weapons!
The original Ratchet and Clank games have garnered a cult following over the years. The witty dynamic between hot-head Ratchet and straight-man Clank is something that has not been replicated in the newer games.
Even after Ratchet and Clank received their most recent rebranding, fans will continuously praise the older games for their better writing and more varied gameplay.
That being said Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a step in the right direction for this new era of Ratchet and Clank.
We will likely never see a return to the pair’s roots, but if this is the direction the developers plan to take the duo, at least the gameplay is being improved with each subsequent release.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart fleshes out the gameplay, includes even more weapons and unique mechanics, and has a much more appealing storyline compared to the new age’s origin story.
6. Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is the culmination of years of Mario platforming goodness. Super Mario Odyssey takes everything great about Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and both Super Mario Galaxy games to create something truly magical.
Mario controls like butter in this game and has just as many creative movement options as he did in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.
Furthermore, the overall spectacle and soundtrack rival Super Mario Galaxy in certain locations, with grandiose themes and bombastic background music!
Super Mario Odyssey has tons of content to keep players occupied for hours on end. If you loved the vast open worlds of Spyro and the unique platforming challenges, games like Mario Odyssey are a must-play.
5. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby games are great fun for those looking to blow off some steam with a casual and less intense experience.
Even though Spyro games are designed for children, certain sections can get pretty difficult and require some quick reactions or dedicated focus.
Kirby games have always been easy, but this by no means makes them boring. Sometimes, it’s nice to kick back and relax with something a little less challenging.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land brings Kirby into the modern world and has him use his copy abilities to take over present-day appliances. These range from a car to a fan and even a refrigerator!
Kirby’s unique copy mechanics has so much room for creativity, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land taps into some of the possibilities expertly.
If you enjoy exploring open worlds, taking out enemies, and collecting items all in a more casual experience, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the game for you.
4. Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
The original Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom struck a chord with fans of the series and video games alike.
The game managed to perfectly blend creative and entertaining gameplay while also including tons of hilarious references that Spongebob Squarepants fans will be sure to appreciate.
Furthermore, the game has an entirely unique storyline featuring all of your favorite characters from the show.
Fans had been pleading for a remake of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom for quite some time, and after the developers saw there was an audience willing to pay for a remake, they went ahead and made one!
Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, unfortunately, feels a little more like an HD port as opposed to a full reimagining.
The game does not do much to update the gameplay, and considering the original game out in 2003, you can imagine how choppy the controls feel in certain locations.
That being said, if you hold no attachment to the original Battle for Bikini Bottom game, Rehydrated is still a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
3. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
Crash and Spyro go hand in hand. They have shared similar games in the past, such as Crash Bandicoot Orange and Spyro Purple, and have an almost pseudo rivalry akin to the likes of Mario and Sonic.
When it came time to remake an original PlayStation trilogy, it would be hard to choose one of these series over the other.
As such, both Crash and Spyro received full HD remakes of their first three games. The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy expertly reimagines each stage from the original games.
However, not only are the levels given a fresh coat of paint but several other additions have been included as well. For example, it is now possible to complete time trial runs of the original game (a feature not available in the base game).
If you love the tough platforming challenges found in Spyro games, Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy can deliver more of what you love in spades and is easily one of the best platformers on Steam.
Disregarding spinoffs, ports, and the travesty that is Nuts & Bolts, the Banjo-Kazooie franchise consists of two mainline games.
It is surprising how a two-decades-old franchise with only two games somehow still remains relevant in the modern day.
It is a testament to the solid gameplay that touched the hearts of a generation and spawned a cult following that Banjo-Kazooie is still talked about to such a large degree.
It is often stated that Super Mario 64 walked so that Banjo-Kazooie could run. Improving upon everything the plumber set out to do, Banjo-Kazooie has unique worlds, creative dialogue, fluid controls, and amazing music.
The bear and bird duo managed to find their way into Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, but this wasn’t enough for die-hard fans. Now, Banjo-Kazooie is also available for download via Nintendo Switch Online as well!
Banjo-Kazooie is a “collect-a-thon” much like other Rare N64 titles such as Donkey Kong 64. Much like Spyro, the game is built around these collectibles, and they will lead you through a level. Gems scattered about a world are replaced with notes, whereas dragon statues are replaced with jigsaw pieces.
If you loved exploring the various worlds of Spyro and scouring every last corner to collect every item, Banjo-Kazooie is the game for you!
1. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro go hand in hand. Aside from having a pair of opposing titles, such as Crash Bandicoot Orange and Spyro Purple, these two gaming mascots have a relatively similar history.
Both Crash and Spyro were released on the original PlayStation and subsequently had two very successful sequels.
Unfortunately, after such huge success, both of these IPs were milked for all they were worth. There were, of course, a few hidden gems also released, such as the amazingly unique Crash Twinsanity.
However, a lot of the games after the original trilogy with Crash or Spyro’s name attached were lackluster at best.
Thankfully, we’ve gone full circle, and both of these mascots are back in a relatively comfortable spot. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash N.Sane Trilogy are both great remakes.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is also an amazing return to form and includes just as many unique mechanics, tough platforming challenges, and smooth gameplay as the first three games.
Crash Bandicoot 4 improves a lot on the strong foundation laid out in the original trilogy. Several quality-of-life improvements have been included in this title to make the gameplay less frustrating. Even something as simple as adding a shadow for Crash when he’s in the air allows players to land their jumps far more effectively.
There is a ton of collectibles and hours of replayability for completionists looking to 100% this game. Arguably, there is too much content, and some casual players have lobbied complaints that the game becomes too difficult when trying to collect everything.
Negatives aside, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time offers just as much varied platforming gameplay as Spyro, and we highly recommend you check it out.