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  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Director Don Bluth would regularly view the in progress animation on it's original film format while editing on both a one inch display and in a full sized movie theater screen. Because of that, he was always disappointed with the picture quality of the subsequent versions of the game because the quality was never as good as it's film version until the HD version was made. 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 »


[repeated line]
Princess Daphne: Save me!
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Referenced in Samurai Jack: Jack and the Farting Dragon (2002) See more »

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This game was the thing when I was a kid, and I sucked at it.
3 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I am guessing I could never wrap my mind around the fact you simply guide Dirk the same way every time. You just hit the controller at the right time. Instead, I would usually get killed again and again, occasionally making it through a room. I was always able to get through that room with the wall that was closing up! Still, I enjoyed watching it and playing it. Going through the various rooms of the castle where they mention an evil wizard along with the dragon, but you never really see him. You have to find and rescue the princess in this castle and make it to the dreaded dragon's lair. I would later own the game on the Sega CD and it was so easy to win and it did not look nearly as good as the arcade game. If you ever have seen a Sega CD you know the look of the game, as any movie sequence looks as if it has a film over it. That game was also disappointing as it did not include two of the rooms featured in the arcade game. The rope swinging level with the fire ropes and the level with the circular disc that shoots downward. I am guessing the disc can only hold so much, or perhaps these two levels moved to fast or something? Not sure, but they were a couple of my favorites in the arcade so their omission made me sad. This game is a fond memory of my childhood so it still holds a special place for me. Want to get the WII version of the game as it not only has this one, but also has the sequel and Space Ace.

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