Dragon's Lair

Not an American user?


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 A surprising amount of Dirk's troubles are solved with the blade.
Dragon's Lair Arcade And not so inviting
Dragon's Lair iPhone Ouch!
Dragon's Lair Arcade 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

Part of the Following Groups

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

The Video Game Critic CD-i Jul 22, 2002 A- 91
Slide to Play iPhone Dec 14, 2009 3 out of 4 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment CD-i Aug, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Apr, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Video Games SEGA CD Feb, 1994 69 out of 100 69
XboxAddict Xbox 360 Jun 08, 2012 65 out of 100 65
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA CD Jun 24, 2011 12 out of 20 60
Jeuxvideo.com iPhone Jul 12, 2011 11 out of 20 55
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
PC Gamer UK DOS Jun, 1994 26 out of 100 26


There are currently no topics for this game.


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.


The game is said to have cost approximately $3 million to develop. Animator Don Bluth raised $1.2 million. Rich Dyer, the technology inventor and Cinematronics, the machine's manufacturer and distributor, raised the rest.


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. Coleco Industries was the first to acquire the license for a home port in 1983. They paid $2 million for the home console rights and released the game for the Coleco Adam the following year.

Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual, Satoshi Kunsai and FatherJack.
Contributed to by Jeff Sinasac (316), Charly2.0 (34611), Corn Popper (69555), Lain Crowley (5413), Kartanym (10751), Sciere (330422), Kabushi (143919), Opipeuter (16492), Pseudo_Intellectual (45149), Satoshi Kunsai (1810), Ben K (23089) and clint basinger (180)