Winter Video Game Music: Winter Tundra (Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!/Gateway To Glimmer)

Four out of five.

A track from a game I actually haven’t yet played, but would love to. The character himself is a big part of my childhood, however (I’ve played all of the Spyro games except, sadly, the original trilogy).

That said, I’ve always loved the music in the Insomniac Spyro games, and this track is no exception.

Winter Tundra is the last of the Avalar homeworlds, and against the snowy mountain, castle, and midnight sky is this calming track. And as I’m sure you all have figured by now, I really do love ambient tracks and winter tracks. So winter ambience is the best thing since sliced bread for me.

For me, this is the type of track that belongs in a winter hub or full on level in a children’s fantasy game. It’s soft, beautiful, yet filled with enough wonder to inspire exploration and a sense of excitement. It’s safe, but certainly not boring.

Actual context for the track aside, this scene brings to mind a peaceful picture when I close my eyes and meditate while I listen to it. A forest covered in snow, icicles hanging from the trees, a clear blue sky above, and a soft breeze. The crunching of snow underfoot and the icicles swaying and colliding like wind chimes. The snow glitters, as do the crystals buried underneath.

So basically this post is really just my way of begging Sony to give Insomniac Spyro the remakes it deserves. Please, Sony. You brought Crash Bandicoot back, let us have this!

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