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 (159 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
19 of 27 people (70%) 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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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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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
0.8 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
The game does not work if you are running on Windows 8. The devs have gone silent and there is so sign of support or fixes. Spend your money on a game that actually works instead.
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A game I fondly remembered from the arcades. Unfortunately it just doesn't translate. Bought this for $1.99 and really feel like I paid too much.

This game was a lot of fun back int he 80's in the arcades but now it just feels dated, un-intuitive and frustrating.

Straight to my steam bin for this one for me I'm afraid, and for most of you I think you'd feel the same way. On the other hand if you love a movie that requires precisely timed button presses to continue then it could be for you.
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
It's literally unplayable! So I download it onto my laptop, and the game runs at one frame per second right from the menu. On top of that, it freezes all the time. I told the developers about the problem, and they said they are working on an update to reduce the video size. They said it would takes weeks. Luckily, my brother let me use his full HD 3.4Ghz PC in the meantime... same results, but wose, even though there's lots more memory space than my laptop! Now why didn't I talk about the game itself? Because I couldn't play it! It keeps lagging and freezing. Inputs are delayed beyond comprehension, and at the end of the day. it's just unplayable! I repeat again, UNTIL THAT PATCH BECOMES AVAILABLE, DO NOT BUY THE PC VERSION OF DRAGON'S LAIR FOR ANY PRICE! Save yourself some time and money. If you really want to play the game, get it on eitehr DSi, Wii, Sega CD, seek out one of the arcade cabinets, or wherever else you can find it! Just not here!
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27 of 29 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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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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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
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
39 minutes to complete with help from my 4 year old kid.. Not worth the couple of quid spent but brought back some good memories from Orcas arcade in the 80`s....lol,
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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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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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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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
The animation in this game is amazing! I love the old Don Bluth cartoons and now I can play them ☺☺☺☺☺
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
If you're not into classic Arcade or haven't played the game before, you will probably not like it. But I do :D Total classic, and this version has also the possibility to play it on "easy", which means that you are told which button to press and you don't need to try which reaction is right
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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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