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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 at the right moment to trigger the next segment of the movie.


Dragon's Lair Nintendo DS Princess Daphne
Dragon's Lair DOS The knight.
Dragon's Lair Nintendo DS Three caves
Dragon's Lair DVD Player Main menu.

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Dragon's Lair Screenshot
Dragon's Lair Screenshot
Dragon's Lair Screenshot


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
  • "ドラゴンズ・レア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A daring undertaking, to say the least. 3DO Ryan Kelly (10)
Embarassing Lair SEGA CD ETJB (480)
An stand alone DVD extra iPhone VVP (145)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) SEGA CD Apr, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Defunct Games CD-i Dec 06, 2009 70 out of 100 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2012 3.1 out of 5 62 SEGA CD Jun 24, 2011 12 out of 20 60
GamesRadar Blu-ray Disc Player Apr 04, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Play Time SEGA CD Feb, 1995 48 out of 100 48
Mag'64 Nintendo DSi Aug 30, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
Retro Game Reviews CD-i Aug 08, 2015 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30
PC Gamer UK DOS Jun, 1994 26 out of 100 26
TrueAchievements Xbox 360 May 26, 2012 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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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.


The game is said to have cost approximately $3 million to develop. Animator Don Bluth raised $1.2 million. Rich Dyer, the technology inventor and Cinematronics, the machine's manufacturer and distributor, raised the rest.


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.


If you are one of those that felt funny when watching the ending clips of Dragon's Lair when you were 8-10 yrs old you might be interested in knowing a little known fact about it: Princess Daphne's animations were not only inspired by Playboy magazine pictorials, but showed nipples, as described by Don Bluth himself in the DVD edition of the game. Bluth resorted to extense "documentation" for crafting the character poses, and while animators almost always remove nipples even if their characters have skin-tight clothing, Bluth left them in making an entire generation of videogamers very happy indeed.


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. Coleco Industries was the first to acquire the license for a home port in 1983. They paid $2 million for the home console rights and released the game for the Coleco Adam the following year.


The game generated more than 117 million dollars in revenue by 2000.

Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual, Zovni, Satoshi Kunsai and FatherJack.

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