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 3DO Just in time.
Dragon's Lair iPhone Title screen
Dragon's Lair 3DO Behind you!
Dragon's Lair 3DO Aaack!

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)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) CD-i Aug, 1994 7.5 out of 10 75
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Apr 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment CD-i Aug, 1994 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Oct 18, 2000 B- 67
The CD-i Collective CD-i 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Jul 18, 2003 C 50
XGN PlayStation 3 Mar 11, 2011 4.5 out of 10 45
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 May 21, 2012 3.5 out of 10 35
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 May 22, 2012 3 out of 10 30
XGN Xbox 360 Jul 12, 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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