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





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 <>

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The evolution of a legend: Dragon's Lair. See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doragonzurea  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Referenced in Samurai Jack: Jack and the Farting Dragon (2002) See more »

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Credit where credit is due
25 January 2006 | by (earth) – See all my reviews

I see that Don Bluth is credited with directing Dragon's Lair, but the person who actually came up with the idea for the game gets no credit here. The man who was really behind Dragon's Lair was Rick Dyer. In the 70s he created a prototype for a game which used hand drawn artwork and text on an adding machine ribbon (rather than animation and sound on a laser disk.) The user would hit certain keys to make choices, and the machine would automatically roll the ribbon to the next appropriate scene. It was Dyer who pitched the idea for Dragon's Lair to several animation companies, and it happened to be Don Bluth's company who agreed to animate the game. While Don Bluth's animation in Dragon's Lair is excellent, he doesn't deserve the credit for creating the game itself.

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