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: Mostly Positive (220 reviews) - 77% of the 220 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 58 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

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Dragon's Lair is a bit of an odd duck to review because behind all the cultural significance to video gaming history, the revolutionary graphics for its time and the addictive and compelling nature the game fostered in the arcades back in 1983 (countless 20 cent pieces were fed into the belly of this beast) is an incredibly short little adventure that has unfortunately not aged particularly well at all. Yes, video game purists are going to probably hang me out to dry and disagree vehemently with my opinion but I am totally fine with that. While I agree video games were most definitely a lot simpler back then that does not automatically give them free passes when looked at with a more modern eye. One can after all still admire them through the historical lens that captures the passage of time even if one no longer enjoys them. Divorcing the nostalgia from the actual reality; Dragon's Lair sadly ends up not being particularly good at all where it counts the most - actual gaming. While it may have succeeded on many other levels, gaming was certainly not one of them. While I agree it had us captivated in the early eighties the distance of a few decades has shown the gameplay up for what it really is - a gimmicky trinket.

From a game culture and historical standpoint I admire Dragon's Lair more and there is no denying that Dragon's Lair had a massive impact on the then gaming landscape and was pretty much a technical marvel at the time and was a pretty dam fine showcase of what could be achieved when it came to the medium especially since the industry was going through some serious growing pains after its collapse in 1982. When I look at Dragon's Lair from this standpoint I wholeheartedly agree that the game deserves its place in video gaming history as something to be admired - not necessarily enjoyed or loved though. One has to remember that at the time video games weren't particularly pleasing to the eye as they are today and to have a game come out that looked like a moving Disney cartoon (it was animated by ex Disney employee Don Bluth who made a bit of a splash in the early eighties with movies like All Dogs Go to Heaven and An American Tail) while containing gameplay elements was unthinkable at the time. It's for this reason the game remains so popular amongst those who grew up in the era.

By today's gaming standards Dragon's Lair feels a bit old hat as gameplay solely consists of quick time events that drive the narrative forward. The player will simply have to rely on a series of button prompts that interject as the tale unfolds to progress. There are no combat sequences at all which makes sense since the actual animation around the game was never programmed as such and are simply video reels that get executed based on the input the user enters at various interludes. While back in the early eighties this may have been a novel approach - today's gaming climate takes a very different view on QTE implementations in games with most of us agreeing that they truly do suck the donkeys balls and offer the player very little involvement in the action that is taking place on screen bar a few prompts to mash a button here or a button there.

The objective of the game is simple enough though. You take on the role of a brave knight called Dirk the Daring on a quest to rescue the fair princess Daphne from the clutches of an evil dragon and the animation is still as lovely to watch as it was back then in the day. The port is as bare bones as they come though. Considering the signifigance of this title in the annals of history it would have been nice to have a few documentaries included in the menu to expand a bit on the experience and why the game was and still remains so popular to this day amongs us old timers. The PC version for some reason though does not play nice and proper with a gamepad (which I sadly could not get to work even though I know this game was released on both PS3 and the XBox 360) which is a bit odd given that this PC version would not allow me to select a controller as my desired input device.

If you are planning on purchasing Dragon's Lair and want to add a little bit of history to your library then I would say go for it. Just don't expect that history not to be swathed in cobwebs and decades of dust when you finally get around to installing and playing it.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
This game is one big QTE marathon with a simple yet charming story.
At first the animation style was strangely familiar to me until I realized that Don Bluth was the man behind this.

(Insert Titan A.E. and Land Before Time childhood nostalgiagasms here.)

The gameplay itself can get a bit annoying occasionally when it wants you to react with the reflexes of a fly, so you better learn the inputs of the electric knight room segment and the final boss "fight" if you want to spare yourself a handful of restarts, but aside that I can't say anything negative about it.

If you're a gamer of history or just a general appreciator of QTEs, you should totally give it a go.

(10 euros are a bit much for it though, imho, as the game does not have that much of a replay value and even during ONE playthrough the player gets to go through mirrored versions of level segments.)
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94 of 102 people (92%) found this review helpful
19 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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67 of 71 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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41 of 46 people (89%) 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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