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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. I recall this arcade very well but I was too young to understand it was possible to control the movement of an actual cartoon to play this ..

  2. This "game" is so fucked up! You dont need skills. just remember when to press what. and there is so many things to watch out and know of, that its just a coin eating machine.

  3. Very difficult game to play couldn’t play it!

  4. It was the first 50 cent arcade that i played….or maybe it played me for my cash…

  5. Omg you suck. 37 years later I still remember the moves

  6. A dollar to play and super hard. Game over for me in a couple of minutes, but the graphics were incomparable for the time.

  7. Omg I spent so many quarters on this game!

  8. damn so many memories as a kid with this game!

  9. I don't know, it seems like the dungeon would have to be 10 times bigger for all of these events to be going on 🤔 well you know, just saying

  10. One thing that did suck was there was always such a large crowd surrounding the game that you couldn't play the games beside it, and I really wanted to play Joust.

  11. I was in 2nd grade when this came out. It was amazing! The idea of an interactive movie was groundbreaking. They had it at Chucky Cheese and I would watch the teenagers play it.

  12. I never played this game in the arcades in 80s.

  13. I used to complete this game after a ton of quarters! And would show off every time someone was watching me play 😀

  14. This seriously plays out more like a movie than a game

  15. I was too poor to finish this game when I was a kid. Now I can see to the end for free. A life goal has been completed!!!

  16. This wasn't a game it was a Test of ones Patience and fortune of Quarters lol.

  17. This was my favorite after the defender phase!!

  18. They actually have this on Nintendo DS, It's arcade perfect🤗

  19. I recall this presented in the tv news, it was unbelievable that this was an actual game compared to the rest of that era.

  20. Naked Tree Media - Social Media Marketing says:

    OMG! I played this all the time at our arcade in the 80’s!!! Always thought it was so futuristic!!!!

  21. I have the arcade game and it still looks great too and I still love to play it when I can show it to someone that has never saw it played before.

  22. Anyone who would actually play this needs help. Dumbest game ever

  23. I remember enjoying watching other people play this game, but I never liked playing it.

  24. Sooo glad to (literally) hear I wasn't the only one with all of those false moves in a desperate attempt to not only remember the right moves but the d@#ned timing of said moves. I easily spent a car payment on this game – adjusted from 80's dollars of course. BTW? I still have a love/hate relationship with the Black Knight.

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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??

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

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

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

  32. I Played This Game with A Lot of Quarters

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

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

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

  36. 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.

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

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

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