Dragon's Lair (1983)

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You guide a hapless knight, Dirk the Daring, through a dragon controlled castle full of dangers.



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Credited cast:
Dan Molina ...
Dirk the Daring (voice)
Vera Pacheco ...
Princess Daphne (voice) (as Vera Lanpher)
Michael Rye ...
Narrator (voice)
Dave Spafford ...
Lizard King (voice)


The first laserdisc game and the first to use regular cell animation for the graphics. In this game, you play Dirk the Daring, a knight who must rescue a princess by exploring a castle filled with deadly dangers which require quick wits and precise timing to overcome. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Light years ahead of its time... Lase disc animation now. See more »


E | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doragonzurea  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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A scene cut from the game would've involved Dirk fighting a series of Gargoyles who would throw spears at him, as he navigated through some stepping stones and would finally find an exit inside a treasure chest. It got as far as pencil tests, and could've been remastered for the home video releases, but the scene just wasn't fun to play and remained cut. See more »


When the player dies in the room with the collapsible stairway, Dirk has a large, bulbous nose as he slides down. See more »


Narrator: Dragon's Lair: The fantasy adventure where you become a valiant knight, on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. You control the actions of a daring adventurer, finding his 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. Lead on, adventurer. Your quest awaits!
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Incredible animation, amazing game for it's time.
13 December 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Dragon's Lair is, IMO, Don Bluth's greatest work. The forefather of all interactive cinematic games, Dragon's Lair was, in it's day, astounding. The animation is beautiful, and for the first time, the player was able to "control" a cartoon. Most people either love or hate the gameplay. Rote memorisation was the key to finishing this game and in effect, seeing the entire movie. Even I'll admit that the gameplay isn't all that exciting on it's own. But, it's the animation that made you want to keep playing, and made the game extremely addicting. The "save the princess from the Dragon" plot is pretty cliche, but as a game, it doesn't try to fill in the missing details. Everything else is left to the players' imaginations, and that is the key to the fascination many fans continue to have with Dragon's Lair. If you really want to experience the game, track down an original arcade machine or use an emulator. The home versions don't give it justice.

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