Friday, December 11, 2009

Alpine Ridge Monster

The original Spyro the Dragon game, though many would loathe me for saying so, influenced me like Mario influenced so many others. It enraptured me when I was 11; it was a bright, colorful game with DRAGONS and gorgeously designed levels and magical creatures and a good sense of humor, and every level was accompanied by a unique piece of music that gave it the perfect atmosphere of fantasy. I could really go on and on about what a huge game this was to me and my imagination. (It was also the first video game I ever beat on my own.)

This is a monster from the Alpine Ridge level in the aptly named Magic Crafters world. For a rather cutesy-looking game, these monsters were actually pretty terrifying. They'd come charging at you, all five times your size, with a mouth full of teeth and tusks, roaring ferociously and swatting you with their rhinoceros legs. Especially rendered in polygons.

Seriously, I was a huge nerd for this game. I still kind of am!