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Dragon's Lair

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Originally released in the arcades as a laserdisc game, Dragon's Lair is an interactive cartoon movie. Players control Dirk the Daring as he struggles his way through a dungeon to fight Singe, the Dragon, and rescue the beautiful Princess Daphne. The game consists of animated scenes, during which the player has to press direction buttons or the sword button in the right moment to trigger the next segment of the movie.


Dragon's Lair iPhone That's one nasty fall.
Dragon's Lair 3DO Entering the lair.
Dragon's Lair SEGA CD Tentacles should get sliced.
Dragon's Lair iPhone Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "龙穴历险记 " -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Логово дракона: Побег из замка Синджа" -- Russian spelling
  • "Dragon's Lair CD-ROM" -- DOS title

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User Reviews

A daring undertaking, to say the least. 3DO Ryan Kelly (10)
Embarassing Lair SEGA CD ETJB (447)
An stand alone DVD extra iPhone VVP (139)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic CD-i Jul 22, 2002 A- 91
Video Games & Computer Entertainment CD-i Aug, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Nintendo DSi Dec 24, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Dec 18, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) CD-i Oct, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Jeuxvideo.com iPad Jul 12, 2011 11 out of 20 55
Vandal Online Xbox 360 May 29, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jun 06, 2012 D+ 33
XGN Xbox 360 Jul 12, 2012 3 out of 10 30
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox 360 May 18, 2012 3 out of 10 30


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Dragon's Lair appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Board Game

Milton Bradley released a Dragon's Lair boardgame conversion in 1983.


This game spawned a Saturday morning cartoon. Before commercial breaks, Dirk would be presented with several options, like jumping for a rope, standing and fighting some goons or taking a right down a tunnel. Upon return from the break the T.V. show would inform the viewer of the results of the various actions with the phrase, "If Dirk had done this..." and a clip showing the demise of the poor adventurer if he'd chosen the wrong path.


Dragon's Lair has been ported to nearly every single console/computer platform under the sun. From the IBM PC to the Amiga...from the NES to the Sega CD...even from the Jaguar CD to DVD players.

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