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.
I'd recommend it, but only during a sale.
Avoid entirely if you don't like quick time events!