Dragon's Lair

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Dragon's Lair 3DO Jump quickly to the right.
Dragon's Lair Arcade All seems quiet
Dragon's Lair 3DO The castle where the dragon has made his lair.
Dragon's Lair DOS Demo Sequence

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

The Video Game Critic PlayStation 3 Aug 04, 2009 B+ 83
Consoles Plus SEGA CD Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Consoles Plus 3DO May, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Jul 20, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Dec 18, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2012 3.1 out of 5 62
Vandal Online Xbox 360 May 29, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Splitkick Xbox 360 May 31, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 May 21, 2012 3.5 out of 10 35
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Feb 26, 2007 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

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.

Budget

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.

Cartoon

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.

Ports

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.

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