Haven't heard of Dragon's Lair?! Well, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Originally released in the summer of 1983, Dragon's Lair has solidified itself as a cultural icon in gaming.
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Release Date: May 17, 2013

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Haven't heard of Dragon's Lair?! Well, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Originally released in the summer of 1983, Dragon's Lair has solidified itself as a cultural icon in gaming.

Control the actions of the daring adventurer, finding your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. In the mysterious caverns below the castle, your odyssey continues against the awesome forces that oppose your efforts to reach the dragon’s lair.

Dragon’s Lair is a fully animated classic arcade game from legendary animator Don Bluth. You’ll make your way through the castle and caverns below and wield your sword against some strange creatures. Beware of your foes, as they are numerous!

Lead On Adventurer. Your Quest Awaits!


  • 720p HD Remastered Video
  • Original Arcade Release
  • Remastered Game Footage
  • Bonus Extras!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon 3850, or Intel HD 2000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ntel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor:Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ntel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
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109 of 120 people (91%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
In 1985 an arcade owner gave me a prize T-shirt that said "I Beat That Dirty Dragon at Video Command".

Today I finally earned it.
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76 of 81 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2013
In a nutshell: this release of Dragon's Lair is as perfect a version of the original laserdisc game from 1983 as you're likely ever to need, for better or worse.

Here's some longer thoughts on the game...

For anyone old enough to have frequented arcades in 1983 you'll undoubtedly remember the stir Dragon's Lair caused when it was released. I vividly recall seeing the local game with a second television monitor mounted atop the cabinet so that the crowds of people standing around could still see the game playing even from a distance, and when *anybody* made it to the end to face off with the dragon there's was a clamor of excitement. That was 30 years ago. Video games were so primitve back then that not only were characters limited in visual appeal and animation but gameplay too was barely more than a joystick moving in 4 directions and tapping a button. In that context Dragon's Lair soared above the rest with its genuine cartoon animation and even the stilted mash-buttons-and-learn-patterns gameplay wasn't too off putting.

In 2013 however Dragon's Lair has little to offer anyone who didn't fall in love with the game back then. The gameplay is only slightly more compelling than hitting the fast forward and skip buttons on your DVD player, and there's grade school fan fiction of King Arthur that's deeper than the plot put in motion here. The animation is very competent and Princess Daphne is a riot of laughter with her breathless exclamations and anatomy that should be poking holes in her costume. Thankfully there are options to make the game easier to play from on-screen prompts to just watching all the sequences play automatically... a much appreciated choice because it gets really tedious playing some sequences over and over because the timing isn't split-second accurate. There are "achievements" for playing the game in arcade hard mode (no audio or visual prompts) but that's strictly for the masochistic.

For the life of me I can't understand why the video files aren't in 1080p HD quality... it's 720p instead which makes me wonder if there's going to be yet another release somewhere down the line. I also would have liked to get a proper freeze frame mode in order to do animation analysis, and for some reason I wasn't able to take any screengrabs while playing. Very odd.

But, I did pay money for this and I definitely feel like I enjoyed my purchase.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Very good game, but a few things to keep in mind before buying this game:
1. It's nothing but quick time events, so you're not really controlling where he goes, meaning no exploration
2. This was originally an arcade game, so you can beat the game in half an hour
3. There are different difficulties and the original arcade mode to play, so it has replayability.

Don't buy the game if you want a long game to fill your time.
Buy the game if you want a quick thing to play, and enjoy classic animations and arcade games
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Dragon's Lair is a high definition port of a 1980s Arcade game featuring a brave knight on a journey to save his princess.

I was a little tricked by this game, but maybe it was my fault. When I purchased Dragon's Lair, I thought it was HD remake, which perhaps provided extended gameplay or extra content, a fully fleshed out experience, based on the old 1980s Arcade game; but this is not the case, it is as advertised: the 1980s Arcade game.

So, I just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone was wondering. Now, to the game. It's kind of fun, though a little repetative. The game design is essentially based around memorising a path to the princess, and getting timings just right (press Left/Right/Up/Down at precise moments or you die and restart at a checkpoint). This, back in the 80s, I'm sure was a genius idea for getting tonnes of quarters out of kids playing the Arcade machine, but as a game I don't need to plug money in to continue, it's just a little droll.

I would recommend this game if you're looking for nostalgia. Maybe you played the game back in the day and never saw the end of it, or you were a Dragon's Lair champion and wanna relive your glory, you'll love it. But, if you're looking for a challenging and engaging title, with a story and interesting/creative gameplay, I would not recommend it.

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62 of 94 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Dragon's Lair is an arcade classic and I was a huge fan as a kid. In the era of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, a video game cartoon was amazing to my young eyes. Nostalgia and a Steam sale compelled me to purchase the game and relive my childhood.

I enjoyed it for a bit. The game play is simple and sometimes frustrating, but that is how the classic game is played. Unfortunately, I don't consider this edition the definitive version of Dragon's Lair. I say this for several reasons:

- Scenes do not seem remastered, unless they mean...
- Animation is zoomed & cropped for widescreen (my biggest criticism).
- It may run in 720p, but the picture quality looks like an old VHS tape.
- No native controller support or custom key bindings.
- Doesn't work in Big Screen Mode
- Imprecise button response for a game that requires precise input.
- Simplistic user interface. Limited Options.

Never-the-less, Dragon's Lair has a special place in my gamer heart and I am not unhappy to have it in Steam. I just wish it was a better version.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Loved this game then (1983), love this game now. This is the game that turned me from a pinball wizard into a RPG/ video game junkie. I even own the PC release they made way back before Steam even existed. Simple enough game, unfortunately no joystick control. A joystick would make this game easier in my opinion. Controls are right, left, up, down, and space bar for sword (which was a button on the arcade console). Seems easy, but it is not. The gamer has to pay attention to the cues on when and in which direction to move then do so on time. From years of playing here is a hint: the scenes play first either to the right or left then in the opposite direction later in the game. It can seem tedious I suppose, but I guess that is half the fun. Really can you go the distance, all the way to the dragon's lair without losing track of which side (right or left) one played or losing all your lives. Also if I remember correctly the Black Knight and the Lizard King are basically bosses somewhere about a third and three fourths of the way through the game. For me this is an absolutely must own game and I wish I had found it sooner on Steam.

Best features for me in this game: is instant replay from where one left off without inserting more quarters and a full playthrough without interaction (like watching a movie).
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
This game relives the old Laserdisk Classic Arcade games - especially Dragon's Lair. This is just exactly like the original but whats more remarkable is the achievements and the options that is suited for newcomers who never played this game, before they were born.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
win 10 seems to not like running this game.... win 7 was ok.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Back in '83 when this game first came out, we had a single arcade in our small city (that's not so small now) that had Dragon's Lair. Many of us fell in love with the game and a new challenge was present in our community arcade... to beat the dragon and save the princess. I dumped way too many quarter's into this game and came back late from lunch on more than one occassion. The owner of the arcade had installed a monitor above the machine so others could watch while you played. In time I had developed quite a few followers that I think figured I was most likely to complete the game. Some would even let me play ahead of them even though they had their quarters lined up. A couple of times other people even paid for me to play the game. One afternoon, it finally happened. Amidst a small crowd of people surrounding the machine I reached the Dragon's Lair. Of course I didn't beat it the first time, but I played again and much to the enjoyment of the crowd, I defeated the dragon and we all saw the end of the game. I was very proud to have been the first person in our city to have defeated the game.

The next challenge of course was to defeat the game without dying. This challenge did not take very long at all.

Of course, seeing the game on Steam meant I must purchase it for nostalgia's sake. Playing through it was not too difficult and for the most part I had no problem with the control response (I was surprised how many moves I remembered from all those years ago). I actually found the graphics to be very decent for this version.

Their are two versions of the game, Arcade and Home. I've played the Arcade version but have not tried the Home version uet. There are also two difficulty settings; Easy and Hard. I think on Hard the timing of your moves just has to be more precise and easy is a little more forgiving on pressing keys at the wrong time. You can also turn the moves indicators on or off (move indicators are not the flashes that are built into the animation but arrows and a sword icon that appear when it is time to press a button), You can also turn the move accepted sound indicator on or off. So if you really want a challenge, put it on Hard, turn the move indicators off and turn the move accepted sound off and try and complete the game without dying. :)

The game is all QTE (but it was the only way we were ever going to play an animated game 30 years ago.

There is also a mode where you can just watch the game all the way through just like watching a Saturday morning cartoon.

If you're a fan of cartoons or nostalgic for the game than I would say it is definitely worth the purchase. I know it was for me.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
QTE: The Video Game
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 24
This takes me back to the days at the arcade. I had a big smile while playing this and still remember some of the patterns. Anyways this is alot of fun and brings back childhood memeories.
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Mr. Manovar nr. 6
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
If you think this game is too difficult while constantly playing Dark Souls, you're a hypocrite.

Dark Souls however isn't nearly as funny, and beautifully animated
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 13
To the point: Its short, but strangly enjoyable. Not really a game ♥♥♥♥♥ , its more of a hit a button when it tells you sort of game. If you want a taste of the past check this out.
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Viriatus PC
1.9 hrs
Posted: October 10
Dragon's Lair was a masterpiece back when it was released , and it was a very influential game in the videogame industry , but despite it's beautiful animation wich is on par whit any Disney animated movie of the 80's , the gameplay is so simple and the game is so short that is hard to recommend it to anyone but those interested in retro gaming .

Score : 5 / 10 ( Mediocre )

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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
Game i played as a kid.....I loved it and still do. Just didn't rage as much...or swear, cause my parents were there. Now an adult still love this game, beat it in like an hour but hell of a memory run to me. Get it if you like a challenging game!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
I have tried to play this on both my Windows 7 and Windows 10 PC, but it will not even start on either one! If they put the game on Steam it should run on a standard PC without any manual adjustments, but not this one. Please beware if you buy this, it may or may not work on your machine without tweaking. :-(
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Great game back in the day as it is now!
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 5
What can you say about Dragon's Lair that hasn't been said. An old classic video game that is great fun for all ages. Dragon features hgh quality animation sequences for your timely choices. It was probably the model to the now Telltale adventure games. Simply Follow the adventure as Dirk races against time to stop the nameless dragon and rescue Daphne.
A: Beautiful animation that holds up even today
B: Kids pick it up quick and have a ball
C: Can set up a controller or simple keyboard use, not alot of buttons on this one
D: Along with Dragon's Lair 2 and Space Ace great classic 30 year fun.
A: Avoid the entire film on yahoo or what isthe point on playing
B: Some systems have had issues with the game. So check the requirements.
C: I am not sure if Adults will enjoy this more than kids, but a fun family adventure.
Well no one past 30 needs me to tell them about Dragon's Lair. I waited for this to be on sale and added it for the kids for 2 bucks. A steal.
Dragon's Lair is cute animated click and move fun and one the kids will enjoy.
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Ninja Hero the Space Biker
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 5
Filthy Casuals and Peasents like myself aren't worthy enough to play this masterpiece.

Yet I still recommend it.

It's that good.

Jokes aside, this game is actually pretty fun and challenging. It's animated by the great Don Bluth. Just be warned that this is no game for a casual, for this game is brutal in it's difficulty (even in Easy).

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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
I though the graphics were really enticing, I loved the retro taste of the illustrations, but maybe this is just TOO arcade and obsolete to entertain me. It is nothing but an infinite series of trial and error scenes in which you have to time some key strokes. This could definitely be fun for some players, but I was done after 10 minutes or so.
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