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.
User reviews: Very Positive (165 reviews)
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!

Features


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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Dragon's Lair is an arcade classic and I was a huge fan as a kid. It was Dungeons and Dragons in the form of a video game cartoon. In the era of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, it was amazing to my young eyes. I inserted countless quarters despite only surviving a minute in each game.

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.
- Imprecise button response for a game that requires precise input.
- Simplistic and bland 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I really enjoyed this game. I have been a fan of Dragon's Lair since I saw the TV series and the animation in this game is done by the legendary Don Bluth, it doesn't have his story to it, which makes sense considering such a old game it would be hard to put anything as deep and thoughtful as, say, Secret of Nihm.

The gameplay is basically from the birth of QTEs, but even if you failed the animation was always nice to see and it's sometimes quite comical how Dirk can die from a simple trip to being eaten alive by something. If you're a fan you'll have a lot of fun with this, however I can't really say much to be honest as i've already described what the entire gameplay is. If you're searching for something with a real deep and epic story I would give this a miss, but if you are interested in in QTE gameplay with wonderful art which is enjoyable, even in it's frustraition then I suggest you pick this up.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Not for everyone, but in my opinion a fun, crazy hard, headache inducing monster. Props to whoever beat this back in 1983.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This game is awesome!!! If you're an 80's child, this game is a must own. I wish they made more games like this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Replaying this game again, I now remember why I spent so many quarters on this thing! Granted it's pretty short and I'm not very fond of "Unlock this Achivement on this Day" achievements in the first place, it makes up for it for being a bit nostalgic and campy. I'd recomend it if you're into QTE up to ying yang, because that's all this game is gameplay-wise.

Bonus points if you like Don Bluth films!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fun game with an mazing art style, buy during a sale tho, not worth 10 dollars, beat it in 40 mins on easy, it is very hard even on easy. Was definitly worth the 2 dollars I paid for it on sale. :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
The first time you play it is vital that you turn off the move guide for the full challange of the game. half the game is just figuring out what the proper command is based on the screen. And often you have to pay close attention to figure out exactly what to do. Having the move guide on ruins this by simply telling you what button you're supposed to press. It's still somewhat fun with the move guide turned on but it really ruins the full experience.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If you missed out on this experience back in the day, or are simply too young to of been around and are looking through some gaming history... gotta say you're not missing much here. What you likely already know about it, hencce why you're likely even looking at this, is more than enough experience with the game. This game is a monument to bad 80's arcade business practices to swindle kids out of their hard earned cash and nothing more.

Most reviews being written by people going back for nostalgia tend to paint this game as something a bit better, but as someone who was born in '88, this was part of a game history I missed, so I bought it to check it out myself. As you most likely know, this is a "game" based on just being a very long QTE cutscene and nothing more. What you may not know is how finicky and unresponsive it is. Sometimes prompts show up too late and you die despite pushing the desired key at the right time, and sometimes it lingers with there only being a certin sweet spot in which it registers. I've redone rooms so many times simply because of late prompts or simple unresponsiveness.

Now, if you're just here for some Don Bluth animation... then just watch it on youtube or something. The whole experience here is repeating the same two dozen rooms or so(think it's randomized from my two playthroughs) for about 20 minutes(depending on how much you die) all to save the most annoying and overly sexualized damsel in distress and then it's just done. It's a pretty short trip of nothing special even just by animation standards. But since it's coupled with atrocious "gameplay", it's definitely not worth the money or hassle.

I bought this on sale for about $2.49 and that was still too much in my book. Full price you might as well just shoot yourself in the foot instead. Probably less frustrating, though maybe more painful. Physically anyway.

3/10; because it does offer some replayability and has a nice frontend UI and extras where you can just watch the "game" without putting up with terrible input reads. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game has a quite a few things of which I'm not particularly fond. At the same time, however, it presents me with just enough that I don't want all the bad to seemingly outweigh the good. So, I'm going to list all it's good qualities and it's faults intermingled together, to try and paint a better picture than a block of negative text would.

- I don't like the menus. They're horrible and clunky, and I hate having to put my name in the high scores before it lets me leave. There are some horrendously bad scores in there that it forced me to input.
- Don Bluth. Make of it what you will. (I see it as a positive)
- The game doesn't go fullscreen for me. Since it's eighty percent about the visuals, having to watch it in a small window sucked out some of the fun.
- Gameplay is simple, almost to a fault. Sometimes it's boringly easy, (I'm looking at you Lizard King!), but other times it flows well and the motions make sense for what's happening on screen.
- Sometimes you die for next to no reason. Maybe you pushed the button too late, or didn't realize you should be doing anything, and then sometimes the game just hates you.
- Every time you die in arcade, you're dropped into a different, random event. It helps keep away monotony.
- This is not true for home mode. Home mode not only forces you to repeat the same section repeatedly until you beat it, it makes you repeat old stages constantly. Avoid home mode!
-This game is crazy hard. I don't even know why there are two difficulty settings, I can't tell the difference when I play.
-Sometimes you can feel that "Feed me your lunch money!" vibe that the more gimmicky arcade games give off. It's easy to die and you only get five lives. Infinite continues though!
-The blood boiling difficulty can be avoided (kind of) by using the motion guide feature. I'd suggest it on your first go through, unless you really hate yourself.
-Daphne the princess' voice acting is terrible. Thankfully she doesn't talk a whole lot, but when she does, my ears bleed.

As much as Dragon's Lair infuriates me, I can't bring myself to hate it. For all the frustration it's questionably timed movements and poor menus give me, it has an oddly charming appeal that makes me want to keep getting back on that mechanical horse and riding it straight into a wall.

C+
I'd recommend it, but only during a sale.
Avoid entirely if you don't like quick time events!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
It's really short (around 20-30 minutes long) and literally an interactive movie but It's got great animation and is great fun to watch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Holy Toleeedo this is wonderful! Beautifully remastered, fun as hell to play and watch. Plays nearly perfect on my PC. I LOVE IT! Thank you Digital Leisure!

With that said, this isn't everyone's bag of bones & nostalgia. But for me it's nostalgia overload. I used to just watch people play it in the arcade and only a few time paid my quarter (only to lose before the first few scenes). The game was aluring, but ominus/intimidating to my younger self. If the guide icons were available at the time I probablty would have played it to completion eventually, using a LOT of quarters. As an adult, I won't use the guide icons but I will play the "Home" version since I think each scene should be conquered to get to the next. It's much funner that way when quarters aren't required.

This is the version to get if you ask me. I've owned several, Amiga and PC floppy, and PC CD. Today, I also picked up DL2 and Space Ace. Can't wait to play those too. Wondeful! Wonderful!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I remember playing this game in the acrade when i was a kid. I love this game it takes me back. The graphics are the same the as in 83. Dragon's Lair is not a hard game just click were lit. Recommend everyone pick it up specially if you grew up with it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game coninues to be one of the most influential games of all time. Though by today's standards it doesn't offer much, this game paved the way for games being on discs and helped boost the dying arcade business after the market crash in 1983. Whether you call it "just a bunch of QTE's", or "the quarter guzzler", no one can deny that they at least had fun looking at Don Bluth's beautiful animation. Highly recommended for any gamer, young or old.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
In the mid-eighties, my Mom would drop me off at the arcade while she went shopping, and I'd just hang around and watch older kids play this game. Back then, in the arcades where I grew up, teenagers would put ashtrays on arcade machines and smoke while guiding Dirk through the castle's myriad traps and hazards. I'd be entranced. This is the game that got me into gaming.

If you have a strong sense of nostalgia for Dragon's Lair and other laserdisc games, then you want buy this. It's a perfect translation of the arcade original, and I'm glad I lived long enough to see it. I never had enough quarters as a kid to beat it, but now I've been able to earn the Lair King achievement, a challenge I've always wanted to master.

If you're new to this game, then it might be a tough sell. The gameplay isn't very engrossing: press a direction or the sword button at the right time to progress through the game, but if you appreciate the look and sound, then you'll enjoy playing. For that matter, if you're into animation and/or you know who Don Bluth is, then you should check this game out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Ive heard a lot of good thing about Dragons lair and If you are like me and you never had the chance to play this game in an arcade then here it is on steam! Its a tough game where you have to act fast or else you die, but the game is fun, the visuals are amazing! And I cant expect no less from Don Bluth!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
If you don't know what Dragon's Lair is, you were either born after '95 or your parents raised you in the barn. This game is a CLASSIC, and was responsible for eating entire weeks' worth of allowance during my youth at the arcade (oh how I miss those places now). I bought this game for the pure nostalgia and it's paid dividends. There's nothing more entertaining than watching Dirk die a thousand deaths before you finally remember the proper direction and timing to get all the way through the game. While it doesn't take a ton of time to get through, it does make for an enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
The painful classic. At least I don't lose quarters anymore.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
The classic. Don Bluth animation made this thing incredible back in the day. Looses a little in translation; it's just not the same outside of the arcades of the early nineties. Still silly fun and a great nostalgia bomb.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The game is a series of quick time events (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT or SPACE to use your sword) that progress an hilarious and smile-evoking nostalgia of 80s cartoons. Fail the QTE and you'll get to see an equally humorous death scene (though nothing gory, kids could play this without concern).
The game takes about 30-40 minutes to complete but it's 40 minutes of entertainment that will make you smile at every second.
The game is tough, with many of the QTEs offering little time to react, but if you're paying attention to the scene you'll be able to predict what to do as they're all rather fair.

I grabbed this on sale for about 50% off and I definitely feel I got my money's worth. It's a fun little gem to have in your library, especially if you can fondly recall 80s style cartoons.
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