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CHE SPETTACOLO! La grafica è perfetta, la giocabilità immutata (nei suoi pro e nei suoi contro), unica nota l'assenza (logica) dell'audio originale, però i pochi campionamenti fanno commuovere... APPLAUSI!
It's extremely difficult to rate a game like Dragon's Lair because of its overall gameplay limitations. But the heck with it -- the Game Boy Color version is a stunner. Sure, you can get the near-flawless DVD version for the same price as this cartridge, but it works so well as a portable title that I can't help but recommend it. If anything, you can impress your friends with a hot-looking portable game, all the while secretly enjoying the twitch memorization gameplay. A conversion of Space Ace is the next logical step, but I honestly think that game would be better suited for the more capable Game Boy Advance hardware...and I'm all for that.
Regardless of its rough edges, most Dragon's Lair fans should be pleased with this adaptation. Eighteen years later, it's still a refreshingly innovative game.
The Video Game Critic
Although the gameplay still relies heavily on trial and error, the controls are more responsive and provide confirmation beeps to signal a good or bad move. There seem to be fewer actions to take in each room, which compensates for some of the hard-to-see graphics. The stages are presented at random, and sometimes even "mirrored" to keep you on your toes. Except for some musical fanfares, the game is played in relative silence. All things considered, Dragon's Lair is still a good time, especially if you have fond memories of the original.
This game was clearly a labor of love for everyone involved. A lot of care has been taken to capture the magic of the original, and the end product is something that's sure to bring a smile to any Dragon's Lair fan. Still, the gameplay is rather dated and something of an acquired taste, and the overall presentation is rather lightweight. Once you've solved every room, there's very little reason to go back. It's charming while it lasts, though. Fans of the original -- and anyone looking for something a bit different from normal fare -- owe it to themselves to give this one a peek.
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Nostalgic types and those interested in technology should check out Dragon's Lair for a few minutes to see how well the previously cutting edge game has been translated to an 8-bit portable. Those looking for actual enjoyment, however, should already know that Dragon's Lair is not the place to find it.