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Proto:Spyro the Dragon (PlayStation)/June 15th, 1998 build

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This is a sub-page of Proto:Spyro the Dragon (PlayStation).

Hiddenpalace.org logo.png  This prototype is documented on Hidden Palace.

This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

The June 15th, 1998 Prototype of Spyro the Dragon is a preview version of the game dated around two months before the final NTSC release version. It was released on February 26th, 2020.

Subpages

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Artisans
Differences in the first homeworld.
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Peace Keepers
Differences in the second homeworld.
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Magic Crafters
Differences in the third homeworld.
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Beast Makers
Differences in the fourth homeworld.
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Dream Weavers
Differences in the fifth homeworld.
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Machinists
You've guessed it - differences in the final homeworld.
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Soundtrack differences
There's no rhyme or reason to any of this.
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Gems and dragons
Cliff Town has how many dragons?
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Unused text and dialogue
Thank you for releasing me.

Build Dates

The following is a table comparing the various modification dates of each of the files within the iso between the June 15th Prototype and the final NTSC build.

File Description July 18th Prototype Final
WAD.WAD Contains most of the game's contents 1998-06-15 11:50 1998-08-12 15:46
PETEXA0.STR Soundtrack file 1998-05-15 05:33 1998-08-08 12:58
PETEXA1.STR Soundtrack file 1998-05-15 05:36 1998-08-04 07:20
PETEXA2.STR Soundtrack file 1998-05-15 05:37 1998-08-04 07:27
PETEXA3.STR Soundtrack file 1998-05-15 05:33 1998-08-04 07:38
PETEXA4.STR Soundtrack file Not present 1998-08-04 07:47
PETEXA5.STR Soundtrack file Not present 1998-08-04 07:59

If all of these dates are to be believed, it is possible that the soundtrack in this version has remained unchanged since at least May 15th, 1998.

Curiously the disc has some interesting creation and modification dates, too:

Prototype Final
Created: April 21st 1998 August 13th 1998
Modified: June 24th 1998 August 14th 1998

This may suggest that the WAD date is inaccurate and that the build is actually closer to June 24th, but it is hard to be certain.

General Differences

  • No title screen has been implemented. Instead, the game checks for a memory card and a save file before immediately loading the game.
    • As such, no more than one save file - as opposed to three per memory card - can be used in this version of the game.
    • If no memory card is inserted, a screen displaying "No Memory Card" appears shortly before the game loads.
  • There is no introductory cutscene.
    • Similarly, there are no end-of-game cutscenes.
  • Spyro is harder to control in this version. Specifically, he doesn't turn as fluently as he does in the final game.
  • For some reason, when you have more than 10 dragons, the rightmost (units) digit of the number of dragons displayed in the HUD moves behind the model of Spyro's head used to represent how many lives he has. Despite this, it displays correctly in the inventory.
  • When all gems in a level are displayed, the counter at the top does not indicate this to the player. In the final game, if the player were to collect all (for example) 100 gems in a level, upon collecting the final gem the counter will read "100/100".
  • There is no option to quit the game on the pause menu.
  • The options menu in the pause screen is less centered than in the final game and seems to use larger text, causing it to partially overlay the dragon eggs at the bottom of the screen.
  • The contents of the options menu are also slightly different:
    • A "Vibration" option, set by default to "On", is present at all times, regardless of the controller used.
    • The camera mode is set to active by default.
    • There is no option for speaker setup in this version.
  • The inventory is quit using either X, Circle or Square instead of the Triangle button.
    • Quitting out of the inventory puts you back into normal play instead of returning you to the pause menu.
  • Dragon eggs in the inventory do not display next to the level they correspond to.
  • Levels with no dragons - such as flight levels - display "0/0" Dragons in the inventory instead of a dash.
  • There is no sound when moving through pages in the inventory.
  • Many Dragons do not feature cutscenes at this point in development. Most of these Dragons instead display a full-screen text prompt containing dialogue.
    • From the Beast Makers onwards, all Dragons lack both cutscenes and dialogue. Instead, touching the Dragon statue makes it disappear instantly.
  • When speaking to the balloonist, the dialogue is displayed similarly to the aforementioned text dialogue Dragons. The options "Go" and "Stay" are listed beneath the text if he's offering to take the player to a different world.
  • Dragon egg and key cutscenes cannot be skipped.
  • Many sound effects are missing or different, especially in later levels.
    • Dragons do not make their signature "rumbling" sound, nor do they rumble at all.
    • Many of the smaller Gnorcs make a different sound when they're killed.
    • Sparx does not make his usual chime sound when picking up a gem.
    • Thieves don't make any sounds when taunting the player.
    • Fan chests make a loud humming noise constantly, whereas they're silent until they're flamed in the final game.
    • There appears to be an audio glitch that occurs if the player flames whilst gliding and presses the triangle button to cancel the glide, which will simultaneously cut off the flaming sound effect.
    • Another audio glitch is sometimes heard when travelling between levels - the gem sound effects can inexplicably change to entirely different and sometimes high-pitched or grating sound effects.
  • Extra life statues are gold instead of silver.
  • At the end of each level is a home vortex. In this version of the game, the base of the vortex uses the dragon pad model instead of a unique model. Additionally, in some levels a gem can be found floating inside the vortex.
    • The dragon pad colouring always matches the colour used in the Artisans worlds.
  • When saving the game, no memory card slot number is listed.
  • The message windows opened when speaking to a fairy seems to be significantly more opaque than in the final game.
  • Most levels' gem placements are different.
    • Curiously, some later levels tend to not use red or green gems at all, perhaps because in the early stages of designing a level it would have initially been easier to use rounder gem values like 5 or 10.
  • All flight levels are called "Flying" and all boss levels are simply called "Boss".
    • When entering boss levels the text on the top of the screen says "Entering Boss" instead of "Confronting [Boss name]".
  • All balloonists wear the same clothing, instead of slightly different colours for each world.
  • An invisible wall seems to surround each of the balloonists and balloons.
  • Instead of allowing travel between any two worlds, each balloonist may only travel either to the next world or to the previous one. As such, each world now has two balloonists, one ready to take you to the next world and one to the previous world.
    • The balloonist taking you to the previous world is placed at the start of the level, where the balloonist normally lands in the final game.
    • In the case of the Magic Crafters, this explains why the beginning platform juts out slightly (where the balloonist to the Peace Keepers would stand) even in the final game.
  • The requirements that the balloonists give to the player for entering the next world are vastly different.
  • When traveling between worlds via the balloonist, no balloon animation is displayed. Instead, Spyro appears to fly into the void for some time before the level suddenly appears.
  • Many levels feature gaps between some of the polygons where gaps do not exist in the final game.
    • Occasionally holes large enough for Spyro to fall through manage to make their way into the level.

Level Skip

Hmmm...
To do:
There's a bunch more cheat codes that require documentation, too
Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Using the code unpaused seems to softlock the game in emulators but it appears to work fine on real hardware? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg81LEYFP9E) Not sure if there's a way to prevent it from softlocking.

With the game paused, hold all four shoulder buttons down (L1 + L2 + R1 + R2) for three seconds to take Spyro to the next level. The current level will just disappear and Spyro will be left flying in the void until the next level loads in.

When using this code, the levels go in order that they appear in the inventory. As such, using it on a flight level will basically take you to the next world's home. This is also the only way of accessing The End and Gnasty Place without the use of cheats. However, the level skip will not let you access any of the placeholder levels in the Machinsts world (Bunchacrap, Boss (Gnasty's Loot), Flying). Using it on The End will take you straight to Gnasty Place and using it on Gnasty Place will warp you back to the Artisans home.

It is possible to use this code with the game being unpaused but it'll most likely softlock the game, leaving Spyro stuck flying in the void.

Save Information

The information stored on a memory card when saving the game differs in this version compared to the final release.

Info Proto Final
Save icon Spyro-SaveIcon-Jun15.png Spyro-SaveIcon-Final.gif
Title SPYRO TEMPORARY SAVES SPYRO THE DRAGON
Product Code SLUS-00000 SCUS-94228
Identifier SPYROSAV SPYRO