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


Dragon's Lair 3DO Dirk fighting a snake
Dragon's Lair DVD Player A screenshot of Rick Dyer's The Electronic Book (Toilet Paper version.)
Dragon's Lair 3DO Just in time.
Dragon's Lair DVD Player Opening screen for the game.

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Dragon's Lair Concept Art
Dragon's Lair Screenshot
Dragon's Lair Concept Art
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

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User Reviews

A daring undertaking, to say the least. 3DO Ryan Kelly (10)
Embarassing Lair SEGA CD ETJB (450)
An stand alone DVD extra iPhone VVP (145)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus SEGA CD Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
TouchGen iPhone Dec 22, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games CD-i Dec 06, 2009 70 out of 100 70
IGN Blu-ray Disc Player Apr 27, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines SEGA CD Mar, 1994 67 out of 100 67
GamingXP PlayStation 3 Feb 18, 2011 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Jul 18, 2003 C 50
Vandal Online Xbox 360 May 29, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Play Time SEGA CD Jun, 1994 30 out of 100 30
PC Gamer UK DOS Jun, 1994 26 out of 100 26


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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.

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

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