In memoriam, Donald Sutherland

Dragon's Lair

aka: Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair
Moby ID: 1504

[ All ] [ Amiga ] [ Atari ST ] [ DOS ] [ Macintosh ]

Critic Reviews add missing review

Average score: 58% (based on 16 ratings)

Player Reviews

Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 28 ratings with 2 reviews)


The Good
The "full-screen" animation was quite impressive for the time...

The Bad
One word: WHY? Who EVER thought it would be a good idea to port a fully-animated Laserdisc game to the PC in 1989? While the graphics were, in fact, quite impressive given how much power the PCs didn't have, they still looked awful most of the time. And there was pretty much no sound at all. Plus they had to chop out huge loads of the game to fit it onto a reasonable number of floppies. And that's without even getting into the "gameplay," which is still infamous to this day. Watch the animation, and when you think Dirk is about to be in trouble, hit an arrow key and hope you made him jump the right way. That's it.

The Bottom Line
See this game as evidence that no idea, no matter how bad, cannot make it to market.

DOS · by WizardX (116) · 2003

Dragon's Lair Arcade game was unique

The Good
We would stand in line and bum money to give to the random best player we found on the street just to see where this great game brings us & what new adventures and castles await.
The DOS version of Dragon's Lair was rather slow compared to the Arcade Game, which seemed to be the fastest out there. We did enjoy the 2 D Graphics; especially the Prince, Princess and Dragon are nicely animated. Shrek always reminded me a bit of this great game. Highly recommend it. If you can get your hands on the Arcade Game (we had some at G4 / E! Entertainment). even better.

The Bad
The Arcade game was rather expensive and one only had three tries I think. The PC and home computer versions were rather slow & the graphics were not so nice. I also miss the Arcade games that were based on Star Wars & Galactica movies. Have not seen these for a while. If anyone knows where to locate them, please let me know. Used to play them in London Oxford Circle. Thanks.

The Bottom Line
It starts really fast. Thanks to Cinematronics laserdisc technology. You get to see how the evil & scary Dragon Singe captures Princess Daphne and locks her in Mordroc Castle with a mean wizard. Suddenly you get thrown in the game as the protagonist Dirk the Daring attempting to rescue Princess Daphne & fighting the Dragon.

DOS · by Alexander von Roon (2) · 2021

Contributors to this Entry

Critic reviews added by Jo ST, Alsy, Tim Janssen, Ritchardo, Patrick Bregger, Dietmar Uschkoreit, Terok Nor.