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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 Arcade A spooky castle
Dragon's Lair Arcade The heavens are falling
Dragon's Lair DOS Setup options and copyright notice
Fine tuning to your system (usually dosbox) can take hours to perform- just skip it.
Dragon's Lair Arcade And not so inviting

Promo Images

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

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

IGN iPhone Dec 07, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 CD-i Jun, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Jul 20, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Apr 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines SEGA CD Mar, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Darkstation Xbox 360 Jun 07, 2012 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1994 5 out of 12 42
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 May 21, 2012 3.5 out of 10 35
Play Time DOS Jun, 1994 20 out of 100 20


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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.


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.

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