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Dragon's Lair

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
56
...
CD-i
65
4.5
Android
...
4.5
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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 Start of the horse sequence.
Dragon's Lair 3DO Jump quickly to the right.
Dragon's Lair 3DO Fighting Singe.
Dragon's Lair 3DO A surprising amount of Dirk's troubles are solved with the blade.

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

Touch Arcade iPhone Dec 06, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Apr 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GamingXP PlayStation 3 Feb 18, 2011 60 out of 100 60
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA CD Jun 24, 2011 12 out of 20 60
App Spy iPhone Dec 07, 2009 3 out of 5 60
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
Splitkick Xbox 360 May 31, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox 360 May 18, 2012 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic 3DO Sep 22, 2001 D 25
Joystick (French) CD-i Sep, 1994 20 out of 100 20

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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.

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.

Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual, Satoshi Kunsai and FatherJack.
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