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Dragon’s Lair is downgraded to a neat novelty for the DSi due to the compression of the video which kills off some important flashes. Because of the latter, it is not necessarily newcomer-friendly. Still, it’s impressive to see the laser disc classic in a DSi download and serious retroheads will be tempted to give it a download. But I’m not sure if you want to spend 800 points just to see something cool, especially when there are better ports of Dragon’s Lair out there.
Dragon's Lair was a game well ahead of its time during its original release, but there's still something magical about the game, even by today's lofty video gaming standards. Sure the gameplay is very one-dimensional and the frame rate is choppy due to the compression of the video, but the play control itself is nearly arcade perfect. You might find more polished versions of the game out there, but if you've ever wanted to take this arcade classic with you on the go, this is the version you need. Just make sure you know how the game plays and what it can and can't do, because those looking for a more traditional play control system might be disappointed with the overly simplistic play control scheme the game makes use of.
If the DSi is your only mode you have available to play this game, then you may want to consider downloading it. But if you have an iPhone, a PS2 or a PC or if you're willing to wait until it possibly hits the PSN store, seek these alternate venues. Paying $8.00 (800 DSi points) for a badly pixelated and poorly executed game is never a good idea, no matter how great the nostalgia is. Newcomers, however, who have no nostalgic twinges for the game should avoid it on the DSi completely.
||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)
||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines
||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes
|Sound / Music
||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition
|Story / Presentation
||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed
|Overall MobyScore (2 votes)
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