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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 Main Menu
Dragon's Lair SEGA CD Title screen
Dragon's Lair DOS careful Dirk!
Dragon's Lair 3DO Dirk fighting a snake

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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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

TouchGen iPhone Dec 22, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Nintendo DSi Dec 21, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) CD-i Oct, 1994 3 out of 5 60 iPad Jul 12, 2011 11 out of 20 55
XGN PlayStation 3 Mar 11, 2011 4.5 out of 10 45
IGN PlayStation 3 Nov 29, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jun 06, 2012 D+ 33
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox 360 May 18, 2012 3 out of 10 30
XGN Xbox 360 Jul 12, 2012 3 out of 10 30
Joystick (French) CD-i Sep, 1994 20 out of 100 20


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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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