There is no question that Spyro Icy Speedway is one of the most popular games of the year, not just because of its beautiful graphics but also because of its addictive gameplay. It was even among the top selling games on the App Store for a while this year. If you’re looking to buy the game to support its development team, you can do so on the game’s official website for as little as £34.99. For that price, you’ll get a digital download of the game as well as an oraculum (in-game currency) which you can use to purchase weapons, clothing, and more! If you’re a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, you’re in for a treat because the gameplay and graphics are mostly spot on for its famous mascot.
However, if you’re playing the game for the first time, there are a few things you need to know. First off, this game is pretty difficult to understand at first glance, especially since the tutorial is actually pretty minimalistic. There is also the matter of the game’s English Language U.S.A. version versus the European one. Finally, it’s important to know how to get the most out of the game’s numerous creatures, items, and environments because they can be quite rewarding to a player who knows how to properly use them.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that the game is available in both English and Spanish speaking regions and was developed by a Spanish company, Nana Simgames, which is no small feat since the developer managed to find the time to localize the game while also working on other projects. As a fan of Spanish and Portuguese languages, I can confirm that Simgames did an amazing job with the Spanish translation and it is a real credit to their abilities that the game is even available in English speaking regions. It is also important to note here that the game was released on January 26th, so if you’re looking for some quality time off, you can play it now!
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the game itself.
Spyro Icy Speedway is an endless runner where you must navigate a series of platforms while avoiding dangerous creatures and traps. The goal is simply to survive as long as possible. The game was inspired by the old-school 90’s platformers like the original Sonic the Hedgehog and later outings like Mega Man X but takes a more modern approach by using voxels (real-time 3D pixels) for its graphics instead of graphics that are more akin to traditional 2D sprites.
For those who are curious, voxels are real-time 3D pixels that can be easily manipulated by the game’s engine to give the graphics a much more realistic look. This was done for a multitude of reasons which I won’t go into here but they’re for the most part a perfect match for a futuristic setting like the one in Sonic the Hedgehog.
As I mentioned above, one of the main appeals of this game is its gameplay. While it certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel, the game does an amazing job of channeling the old school platformers of the 90’s while also incorporating some of the modern conveniences we have come to expect in games today.
The first thing you’ll want to do at the start of the game is choose which character you wish to play as. There are five different playable characters to choose from and each one has their own unique set of moves, skills, and attributes. Each character also has a special power which you can use to your advantage when playing the game. For instance, Sonic has the move “Speed Up” which makes him go faster for a brief period of time. That’s not all he has though because he also has a special power which activates on contact with water. That power lets him breathe underwater for a certain period of time. These are just a few examples of the game’s varied and unique gameplay elements which can make each playthrough feel quite different from the next.
The game also includes a “Classic” mode which is a homage to old-school gaming experiences. Choosing this option returns you to the game’s original graphical and audio aesthetic while also using gameplay elements and controls similar to what you’d find in early 90’s console games. If that sounds good to you, then give it a try because it’s always nice when a game remembers the good ol’ days.
Graphics & Sound
No discussion of Spyro Icy Speedway would be complete without at least mentioning its graphics and sound. For starters, the game’s environments are quite an eclectic mixture of classic sci-fi and 80’s paraphernalia fused with modern twists like 3D pixels, which is quite the visual treat, indeed. The game also features 5 different musical tracks, all of which are absolutely brilliant and suit the action-packed gameplay perfectly. While the game was initially released in Europe, it was later brought over to the U.S.A. with the addition of more songs, more difficult levels, and updated localizations. Overall, the game’s graphics are quite beautiful and given how customizable the game’s engine is, it’s easy for users to create their own original levels which they can share with the community through the game’s built-in level editor. With so much attention drawn to this game by word of mouth alone, it’s safe to assume there are a lot of talented level designers out there who would love to make their mark on the world by sharing their ideas with the community through the game’s level editor.
One of the most interesting aspects of this game is its integration of the web, both within the game itself and through robust tools which are accessible within the game’s menus, as well as the option to play the game alongside other players via matchmaking. Additionally, players can also communicate with each other through text chat which is integrated into the game’s UI and accessible via the game’s sharing feature. You can play the game single-player or in split-screen multiplayer mode with another person and it supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for multiplayer sessions.
However, these features aren’t what make this game special. What makes this game special is that it brings together the best of both worlds: the conveniences of modern technology and the simplicity of classic gaming. As a result, it doesn’t feel like an old game which has been repackaged for modern audiences. It feels like a classic game which has been updated with some of the conveniences found on modern devices. Simply put, it’s a joy to play and a credit to the game’s development team for ensuring that this game stays true to its roots but also incorporates the best of modern technology.
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