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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 Dirk fighting a snake
Dragon's Lair iPhone Intro
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 3DO Jump quickly to the right.

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)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus SEGA CD Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Touch Arcade iPhone Dec 06, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TouchGen iPhone Dec 22, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS May, 1994 45 out of 100 45
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 25, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Splitkick Xbox 360 May 31, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Jul 12, 2011 8 out of 20 40
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Feb 26, 2007 3 out of 10 30
Joystick (French) CD-i Sep, 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.


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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