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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 The castle where the dragon has made his lair.
Dragon's Lair Arcade Don't even think about it
Dragon's Lair 3DO Aaack!
Dragon's Lair 3DO Singe the Dragon

Promo Images

Dragon's Lair Screenshot
Dragon's Lair Other
Dragon's Lair Other
Dragon's Lair Screenshot

Trailer


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 (450)
An stand alone DVD extra iPhone VVP (145)

Critic Reviews

IGN iPhone Dec 07, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus 3DO May, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Defunct Games CD-i Dec 06, 2009 70 out of 100 70
Video Games SEGA CD Feb, 1994 69 out of 100 69
App Spy iPhone Dec 07, 2009 3 out of 5 60
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA CD Jun 24, 2011 12 out of 20 60
411mania.com Xbox 360 May 31, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55
IGN PlayStation 3 Nov 29, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 25, 2012 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic 3DO Sep 22, 2001 D 25

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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.

Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual, Satoshi Kunsai and FatherJack.

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