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Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

About as good as a Dragon's Lair remake can be. Atomic Punch! (151) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
The Dragon's Lair as it has to be done 25 years ago! dan rexx (57) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.6

The Press Says

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Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Game reviewing is an interesting task. While playing and taking notes, I deliberately won't look at other reviews, but I do browse a bit after my rough draft is done, largely to make sure I've not left out some important feature or characteristic of the game. To my surprise, Lair 3D has received some negative press. I think of myself as rather critical, sometimes cranky in general, but some folks have really been picky about this terrific title. It's like they approach it to find what's wrong, much as my wife does with my wallpaper efforts, rather than look at the whole work. "Don't examine that little mismatch in the upper left hand corner of the ceiling, dear; rather, look at the glorious impact of the colors and design as you enter the room—please!"
I'm tellin' ya, at first I feared this would be nothing more than your usual 3D platform - jump, jump, as high as you can and collect 199 gold coins. Well, ultimately, it would be wrong to put this game straight into the mediocre-platform gaming sack. There are enough challenges and puzzles in the game to make you burn you brain cells and sore your trigger-finger. Sadly, we did encounter some difficulties along the way - players will sometimes have a hard time discerning what to do in the right moment (a rather annoying gameplay facet, which, as it turns out, still exists after 20 years). On the other hand, there's plenty of nifty gameplay elements to keep you on your toes. Introducing a rare high-quality animation system and preserving a superb cartoon-like ambiance, Dragon's Lair 3D is surely on its way to the very top of 3D action-adventures.
Svenska PC Gamer
Det enda som egentligen hindrar Dragon's Lair 3D från att lysa riktigt klart är att det inte har någon längre speltid och att det finns ett och annat problem med kameran. Märkligt nog – speciellt med tanke på den utsökta animationen i Cel Shading-stil – är kontrollerna ganska smidiga. De är optimerade för Dirks svajiga stil. Visserligen kan det här spelet aldrig anklagas för att vara djupare än havet, men medan det varar är Dragon's Lair 3D ett rent nöje att spela. Det här är det spel som stilen och visionen från originalet alltid förtjänat, och det Dragon's Lair vi alltid drömde om att få spela.
PGNx Media
Ubi Soft and Dragonstone attempted to update an original and classic game. They succeeded in some areas, but weren't able to accomplish other tasks.
PC Action
Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass Spieleveteran Dirk noch einmal einen derart glänzenden Auftritt aufs Parkett legt. Die Cel-Shade-Comicgrafik passt zu Dragon's Lair wie das Schwert zur Scheide. Mehr davon!
As a platformer it pales in comparison to something like Rayman 2: The Great Escape, still one of our best and only efforts worth mentioning. As an action or an adventure title, it can't hope to a surmount Soul Reaver. As a daredevil, rope swinging, demon hacking, trap avoider, it doesn't best the old Prince of Persia. Still, these comparisons are somewhat frivolous, for though any one part of Dragon's Lair is uncompetitive, its whole is a memorable, nostalgic, vivid, and entertaining ride through an entirely trial and error puzzle broken into some 250 rooms. Every other element of the game is in place to further the challenge, interactivity, and believability of these puzzles, which have themselves been ripped straight from the original. See a puzzle, beat a puzzle, watch a story unfold. It's simplistic and addictive.
When I played the first Dragon’s Lair, all I could say was “wow”. This game was light-years ahead on the competition and it had a real soundtrack instead of the irritating “tudutudutiditadatodotiiiiiituuutudu….” midi soundtracks you got in other games. It was also one of the first games around to test the brand new cd-rom drive that cost you a ton of money. So, when Dragon’s Lair 3D was announced I was pretty enthousiastic but also a bit afraid at the same time. Many of the classic games have tried to go 3D and failed pretty damn hard. Look at Lemmings, Pac Man and of course Price of Persia. All games I liked to play back in the days but made me cry when playing the 3D versions.
Dragon´s Lair 3D weckte viele Erinnerungen an die 80er Jahre. Allein dafür hat es sich gelohnt, mit Dirk wieder gegen den bösen Zauberer vorzugehen. Wer den Klassiker am Automaten gerne gespielt hat, sollte sich das Remake nicht entgehen lassen. Für Gelegenheitsspieler und Jump Run-Fans ohne Kenntnis des Spiels aus dem Jahre 83 kann eine Kaufempfehlung nur bedingt ausgesprochen werden, mangels fehlender Alternativen auf dem PC.
Absolute Games (
Несмотря на скоротечность и почти нулевой стимул к повторному прохождению, Dragon's Lair 3D оставляет вполне приятное впечатление. Глаза радуются, нервы почти не напрягаются, мозг отдыхает, мрачноватые шуточки заставляют рот вытягиваться до ушей — если бы не подстава с камерой, из игры могло бы получиться прекрасное релаксационное средство. А так... для римейка, знаете ли, очень даже неплохо.
PC Zone Benelux
De karakters zijn indrukwekkend geanimeerd en tijdens je avonturen word je vergezeld door jolige deuntjes. Heb je weinig met het origineel en ben je gewoon op zoek naar een goed platformspel, dan is het de vraag of je Dragon's Lair 3D aan moet schaffen. Vooral de beperkte speelduur van nog geen 20 uur komt de prijs/kwaliteit verhouding niet ten goede.
Armchair Empire, The
There aren't that many Gaming Legends out there. And when I say Gaming Legends I'm writing about characters that are known outside of gaming circles. Ask anyone on the street who Super Mario is and they'll likely be able to tell you. Dirk the Daring is one of those figures.
PC Games (Germany)
Pünktlich zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum des Laser Disc-Originals dürfen Sie erneut mit dem vertrottelten Ritter Dirk ausziehen, um Prinzessin Daphne aus den Klauen des finsteren Drachen zu retten. Inzwischen ist aus dem interaktiven Zeichentrickspaß allerdings ein richtiges Spiel geworden, in dem Sie den kreischenden Sympathieträger durch eine 3D-Neuauflage des Klassikers steuern.
Joystick (French)
Dragon's Lair a réussi tant bien que mal sa conversion vers la 3D. Ce titre souffre de quelques défauts qui entâchent l'aventure sans toutefois lui faire perdre tout intérêt. Un petit jeu sympa, trop facile et trop court pour les pros. Vendu 20 dollars aux Etats-Unis, il amusera les plus jeunes.
UOL Jogos
Infelizmente, toda essa homenagem tem um preço caro. A mecânica original de "apertar uma tecla no momento certo" não se traduz bem em um jogo de plataforma, deixando o todo bastante maçante. Mas os saudosistas de plantão certamente vão apreciar o esforço da produtora em não apenas resgatar um momento histórico dos jogos eletrônicos, mas oferecer um belo vídeo-documentário do passado e presente de "Dragon's Lair".
Overall, Dragon's Lair 3D is an ambitious, overly flawed attempt to revitalize a true gaming milestone. Based on the lengthy list of far less impressive attempts to do the same, it probably won't be the last, and it's only a matter of time before developers get it right.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Deze draak van een spel had beter in zijn hol gebleven. Zelfs niet aan te raden voor die-hard Don Bluth fans...
Voilà ce qu'on appelle un come back raté. Dragon's Lair 3D nous offre un gameplay action/plate-forme avec résolution d'énigmes finalement très classique mais qui aurait très bien pu séduire si sa maniabilité n'était aussi désastreuse et énervante. Le plaisir de retrouver Dirk s'en trouve gâché. C'est ballot.
GameStar (Germany)
Die Grafik wirkt größtenteils fantasievoll aufgebaut und schön bunt, die ordentlich animierten Figuren sehen absichtlich nach Comic aus. Spielerisch bereitet das Ganze jedoch wenig Freude, weil viel Auswendiglernen angesagt ist und die Steuerung echte Macken hat.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
For all these weaknesses, Dragon’s Lair 3D does offer something satisfying to those of us who grew up wishing the original had been better. Dragon’s Lair 3D may be a minor game—and to the extent that it’s buggy and poorly designed, a disappointing one-but it’s actually a step forward for this series.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The final score loses many points due to the awkward controls. While Dragonstone sought to give players the ability to move freely about the castle, they simultaneously confined them to a frustrating control scheme that makes no sense. If the controls could be corrected, Dragon's Lair 3D would merit a higher score despite its strong console roots; as it stands, I'd recommend it only to the most determined fans. The game does have appealing animation and a wonderful soundtrack, but so much of the original’s enchantment is missing.