Dragon’s Lair – Slay the Dragon and Save Princess Daphne Retro Review



What is Dragon’s Lair?

Dragons Lair is one of the first animated quick time event video games in decades. This is an interactive move developed by Advanced Microcomputer Systems and published by Cinematronics. The Director and Designer is an ex-Disney animator Don Buth. The development of the game Rick Dyer  was inspired by a game called Colossal Cave Adventure.  Gave the game a named “The Fantasy Machine” (went through many illustration and text on a rudimentary computer using paper tape) after manipulated with a videodisc containing still images and narration.


Dragons Lair gameplay


After The Fantasy Machine has failed in market it was called it The Secrets of the Lost Woods. Impress Idea Toy Company representative but walk out in the middle of the presentation.  The development took over 7 months to complete and a budget of 1 million. The studio can’t afford any models for Princess Daphne nor hiring voice actors.  They had people doing the voices who worked in the studio.


Dragons Lair gameplay

The plot of the game tells you in narration by Michael Rye. “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!” Players control a knight called Dirk the Daring’s (Dan Molina). On a journey to save Princess Daphne (Vera Lanpher) from a dragon and dark wizard.


Dragons Lair death


This game features full motion video with quick time event. But you have to be quick or you will lost. I love the game over animations they are cartoonish and slapstick. Make sure you time your button right, the screen will flash.  You have to move in the direction where it flashing. You also have your sword button which I don’t know the indication to use your sword. I am telling you this game is hard and you will have fun with it. Fun fact: Don Buth animation is gold in my opinion and I grew up watching his movies. Dragon’s Lair is available on DOS, PC, MAC, Xbox Live, PSN and support the Indiegogo to Dragon’s Lair film. Special note there is an animated cartoon of Dragon’s Lair.


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