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 (199 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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
10 out of 10, would play again. it also helps princess daphane is gorgeous. It's so easy to pickup, and has ways of always challenging you
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Don Bluth, hot goblins, and DDR sword fights. good game
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Jacko Rating
9/10
The original Don Bluth masterpiece in all its former glory. If you have not heard of this game then come out from under your rock and be treated to the best looking game by far back in the 80s & 90s.
This arcade classic is identical to the original laser disk version I used to throw money into when it was the Show Piece of all the arcade gaming rooms across the globe and it brings back fond memories of a miss spent youth.
This is not about gameplay but rather takes you on a little adventure that you watch whilst following directional cues on screen.
If like me you are an old school gamer then you will not be dissapointed so just buy and add to your collection for the occasional trip down memory lane. The youth of today will most likely not enjoy this and complain as they do about almost everything that isn't catered towards them but this game was not re released for kids, it is a collectors item for the real gamers who invented this gaming concept and supported it from the begining.
Now please re release Space Ace so my old school Bluth collection is complete :)
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74 of 79 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 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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60 of 63 people (95%) 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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36 of 40 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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21 of 23 people (91%) 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.

Nilesy
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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48 of 71 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
I remember playing Dragon's Lair at my local arcade in the 80's, it was such an amazing idea that you could actually control a cartoon. Dirk suffered many deaths by my young hands and I never saved Princess Daphne.

Fast forward 30 years and what do my eyes behold? Dragon's Lair, instant purchase on Steam! After several mistakes, slow reactions, and memorization of key action sequences I can finally say that I defeated Singe and rescued the princess! Although tame for todays standards, I would have found the Daphne scenes quite risque as a child.

This is definately worth the small price tag, especially to those who have fond memories of plugging away many quarters at the arcade back in the day. The story is enjoyable and the game holds up well considering it's age.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
This game is a pure acrade classic from the 80's. If you were born in the 70's early 80's, you probably know this game well. The game absolutely brought me back to those days, it was very well done. Short game overall, but the $4.99 price was well worth the 30-60 min of nostalgia plus anytime I play again for fun.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
QTE: The Video Game
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2013
Be warned, this game is supper retro, it was made before I was born. It's a rather primitive timing game that requires a lot of patience, quick wits, and dedication. I thought it was cool, but it was kind of short, people who've experienced playing it as kid probably wouldn't mind paying retail, but I think this game isn't gonna fly with the "younger" crowd.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2013
The memories... the nostalgia factor... how many quarters did I lose at the arcade playing this beast of a game?!?! Way too many allowances worth (and my brother's allowance as well!). Oops, that's me showing my age!

Ah to heck with it! I was first introduced to it in 1987 when I was 5 years old, and remembering thinking "This looks kinda like the Secret of NIMH o_O!", and little did I know at the time that Don Bluth was behind this awesomeness!

I was never very good at the game, I admit, but I loved playing it! I just had to see how far I could get, just to see what happens next! It's like an interactive movie, and is lots of fun! NEVER AGAIN SHALL A QUARTER BE LOST TO THIS GAME!! ...Though, there will be plenty of FAILs, and LoLs X3! Sorry, Dirk, I still suck after all these years!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2013
The mother of Quick Time Events: really short, but even harder!
A milestone in videogame history!
Buy it only if you're nostalgic enough!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Brings a feeling of nostalgia when playing it. It's fun to play and exciting to watch even when you're not playing! The graphics are still gritty like they were in the 80's and the colors aren't remastered, but I think that's for the best, making the nostalgia of it come to life. It's fast paced, fun to play and I love it. If you didn't grow up with it or don't have family members who grew up with it, it may be hard to get into, but I'd say give it a try and see what you think! You could be wishing you grew up in the 80's or throwing your computer through the wall...Honestly, It's not for everyone, but for me, it was a must-have!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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