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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 DOS Dirk the Daring, looking just like you remember him from the arcade, now in your own home
Dragon's Lair iPhone Ouch!
Dragon's Lair SEGA CD Title screen
Dragon's Lair 3DO Dirk slaying a goblin

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

Consoles Plus 3DO May, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Apr 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
IGN Nintendo DSi Dec 21, 2009 7 out of 10 70
PC Gamer DOS Aug, 1994 65 out of 100 65
GamingXP PlayStation 3 Feb 18, 2011 60 out of 100 60
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
Strategy Informer Xbox 360 2012 4 out of 10 40
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 25, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 May 22, 2012 3 out of 10 30
Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 May 28, 2012 25 out of 100 25


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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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