Dragon's Lair (1983)

Video Game  -  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  19 June 1983 (USA)
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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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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 »


The background changes in the room with the "drink me" sign. If the player dies in the "drink me" room, the sign in the background of the room no longer says "drink me", it says "eat me" and there's a loaf of bread with a knife in it instead of the potion. See more »


Princess Daphne: Please save me. The cage is locked, with a key. The dragon keeps it around his neck. To slay the dragon, use the magic sword.
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Referenced in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) See more »

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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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