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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Mostly Positive (279 reviews) - 78% of the 279 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!

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
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Mostly Positive (279 reviews)
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Virgilivs
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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lil will
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
press up, down, right or left to decide your fate!! you'll probably just going to die tho
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Monkey Wrench
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
Oldey but goodey
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Beatrice
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 5
StoryProsCons
Main PlotYou are raiding a castle....saving the princess...blah blahSince the only person who talks is the princess and she doesn't inform you on whats going on, there isn't much plot at all here
EndingThe princess wants you badYou end up with like 12 kids, geeze

GraphicsProsCons
EnvironmentIt's so random and wacky, that you won't really know what to expect next, it just makes the journey all the more fun
DeathsThere are so many different ways you can die, which adds some fun uniqueness to the death sequences

ConceptProsCons
Interactive Quick Time EventsInteract with the environment in order to surviveIt's the only gameplay mechanic in the game
Watch ModeTake out the only gameplay in the game and simply watch the cluster of nonsense explode in front of you

GameplayProsCons
Quick Time ReactionEither you use your sword or move out of the way to surviveIt's a bit vague at times what you are suppose to do and at times the game downright deceives you
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|דרף| RoadKillGrill
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 25
This is a horrible port of a historic game.

I could not get get this game to run on my PC, the fourms are littered with "fixes" and "workarounds".

This game is pretty much a a video player, a score board and quicktime arrows. Why this game has issues running is an embarrassment.

All the FMV is 1280x720 so the source material is cropped.

According to the fourms the game doent even support joysticks.
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BullShark
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 23
Had this game in library and showed it to a 7 and 8 year old we were babysitting. They were GLUED to the game and had the time of their life! They were laughing and screaming with glee even when they screwed up their next move. This game originally graced arcade parlors back in 1982 and moved into the home arena in 1983. This was top notch entertainment then and top notch entertainment now. Warning: If you have no rythim and can't memorize moves then move on LOL. It also can be played in arcade mode at difficult level to interest those needing a challenge.
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nightgourd
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 17
I don't remember when or why I bought this - assuming it was on sale and I was feeling nostalgic. It doesn't run on my system, and I bought it waaay before the refund policy.
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crbcyouthman
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 12
Lags and Crashes!!!!

Purchased this game with moderate hopes for success as others were having issues. Game lags almost to the point of unplayable. Also, randomly crashes for no reason. No answers or fixes given by Digital Leisure. Ended up getting a refund. Sad!!
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Adam DeLand
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 10
Functions pefectly, and is still fun to play. I'm experienced with the game so it's easy enough for me, and yes it is a rather casual game since it's short, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed. The achievements that came with this version also made it more interesting to play for someone who already knows the game well.
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gusbaker
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 9
The "game" doesn't hold up, but
at least it's still briefly fun to put
it in view mode and watch.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
StoryProsCons
Main PlotYou are raiding a castle....saving the princess...blah blahSince the only person who talks is the princess and she doesn't inform you on whats going on, there isn't much plot at all here
EndingThe princess wants you badYou end up with like 12 kids, geeze

GraphicsProsCons
EnvironmentIt's so random and wacky, that you won't really know what to expect next, it just makes the journey all the more fun
DeathsThere are so many different ways you can die, which adds some fun uniqueness to the death sequences

ConceptProsCons
Interactive Quick Time EventsInteract with the environment in order to surviveIt's the only gameplay mechanic in the game
Watch ModeTake out the only gameplay in the game and simply watch the cluster of nonsense explode in front of you

GameplayProsCons
Quick Time ReactionEither you use your sword or move out of the way to surviveIt's a bit vague at times what you are suppose to do and at times the game downright deceives you
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This is a horrible port of a historic game.

I could not get get this game to run on my PC, the fourms are littered with "fixes" and "workarounds".

This game is pretty much a a video player, a score board and quicktime arrows. Why this game has issues running is an embarrassment.

All the FMV is 1280x720 so the source material is cropped.

According to the fourms the game doent even support joysticks.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
124 of 135 people (92%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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68 of 83 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
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

Save me!

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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=484113281
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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=484113730
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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=484114202
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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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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.

Nilesy
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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61 of 92 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 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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