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A valiant knight, Dirk the Daring is on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon.

Director:

Don Bluth

Writer:

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

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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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Trivia

The production company could not afford to hire models for the Daphne character so they used pictures from Playboy magazine for inspiration. Voices were also provided by the game's developers. See more »

Goofs

When Dirk chases the floating pot of gold with his sword attached to it, you can see his holster still has a sword in it. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

A version was released on home CD-based consoles (ie Sega CD, 3DO) that included an extra scene/stage. See more »

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Groundbreaking Cinematic Videogame
15 January 2001 | by davemmrSee all my reviews

I can see how the "hardcore modern gamers" would hate this game. What they fail to realize is that this was more than a game, it was innovation in the field of animation. Sure you couldn't directly control Dirk the Daring's moves, but you're decisions instead at key moments were the difference between Dirk being one step closer to Daphne (the Princess) and the decaying skeletal remains of failure.

Don Bluth was certainly a genius for coming up with something so simple and addicting, even though Laserdisc games in general never went to far in the industry. Dragon's Lair's animation was top notch and kept quarters rolling in simply to view the beautiful animation on screens once reserved for simple computer pixels. It's no wonder this game is one of only three arcade games in the Smithsonian (Pong and Pac-Man are the other two).

Thankfully, after 17 years, we finally have a 'perfect' home version thanks to DVD technology and Digital Leisure. You can buy it for a standard DVD player (along with getting interviews with Bluth and a 'watch' mode so you can enjoy the animation without entering moves) or the DVD-ROM version (which is more faithful to the arcade by not replaying the 'resurrection' scene before each new scene and randomising the scenes but lacks the extras of the regular DVD).

Don't let the simplistic gameplay stop you from enjoying what is a piece of history in animation.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1983 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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