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Dragons Lair (1983) [Arcade]

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Dragon’s Lair is a laserdisc video game published by Cinematronics in 1983 as the first game in the Dragon’s Lair series. In the game, the protagonist Dirk the Daring is a knight attempting to rescue Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe who has locked the princess in the foul wizard Mordroc’s castle. It featured animation by ex-Disney animator Don Bluth. The game displays animated cutscenes, and the player executes an action by selecting a direction or pressing the sword button with correct timing in order to clear each quick time event (QTE). The comedy aspects of the game stemmed not only from the bizarre-looking creatures and humorous death scenes, but also the fact that the player character was somewhat clumsy in his efforts, as well as being a reluctant hero, prone to shrieking and reacting in horror to the various dangers he encounters. Instead of controlling the character’s actions directly, players control his reflexes, with different full motion video (FMV) segments playing for correct or incorrect choices. While there are a limited number of scenes, other than the first and last, these are played in a random order. Some scenes are played more than once before reaching the end and additionally some scenes are flipped or mirrored such that the opposite actions (e.g. left instead of right) are required.


  1. The beep sounds when you go the right way!!😹😂🤣

  2. Me being a teenager: I'm going to insert these coins I earned after Woking for a Whole week
    >Dragons Lair: Game over

  3. I sucked at this game. But it was still fun. I remember it costing $.50, instead of the traditional $.25.

  4. I remember I was very young when this came out. I used to love watching all the grown-ups play this game in all the arcades on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.

  5. And to these days it seems we can’t get a game with this graphics and full actual movement from a gamepad

  6. I never knew how you play this game as a kid. Felt like I donated tokens SMH

  7. This must have been the highest grossing animated ..movie.

  8. I Played This Game with A Lot of Quarters

  9. Without this, there would be no COD. Keep that in mind.

  10. Need to be a Cyborg to beat this game on arcade in this time …

  11. Dude i would save my lunch money mom would give me to play this i would be so hungry 😆

  12. I remember this game! Too bad this video is so glitchy can't tell what the hell is going on. Keeps glitching or the player keeps skipping, idk which. All I know is it keeps going black when he dies and then he's in a new area. What area?? How'd he get there?? Where'd he come from??

  13. It's really more of a short animated movie than a game but way ahead of its time for sure.

  14. damn i miss this arcade….i was 15 years old and saw this at a Carnival they brung to the Park back in 1991 and i also had it for the sega cd back in 1995 it was released but i would love to see this again as an adult at a arcade place.

  15. Reminded me how many hours (and quarters) I spent playing this. I NEVER defeated the Dragon…😪😪

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