Dragon’s Lair

  • Description
    • Unless you were there during the summer of '83, you would not have believed the awe on gamers faces when they saw a video game that was more 'Movie' than 'Game'! Haven't heard of Dragon's Lair?! Well, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a clumsy but valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Dragon's Lair has solidified itself as a cultural icon in gaming.
      Dragon's Lair is a laserdisc video game published by Cinematronics in 1983.In the game, the protagonist Dirk the Daring is a knight attempting to rescue Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe who has locked the princess in the foul wizard Mordroc's castle. It featured animation by ex-Disney animator Don Bluth. Most other games of the era represented the character as a sprite, which consisted of a series of pixels displayed in succession. Due to hardware limitations of the era, artists were greatly restricted in the detail they could achieve using that technique; the resolution, framerate and number of frames were severely constrained. Dragon's Lair overcame those limitations by tapping into the vast storage potential of the LaserDisc, but imposed other limitations on the actual gameplay. The success of the game sparked numerous home ports, sequels and related games.
  • Instructions
    • Guide Dirkl through the castle using arrow keys and space bar for using his sword
      Timing is everything! Quick reflexes and the right choices guide you closer to rescuing the Princess. Use your skills to safely navigate through medieval obstacles like the bone-crushing Boulder Trench and the flesh-searing Fire Room.
  • Trivia and Fun Facts
    • An early laserdisc video game, which allowed film-quality animation in the game.
      It is currently one of only three video games (along with Pong and Pac-Man) in storage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
      Animated and conceptualized by Don Bluth, perhaps the most influential animator in the past 50 years.
  • Game History
    • Dragon's Lair is a video game franchise that began with the laserdisc video game Dragon's Lair originally released for the arcades in 1983.
      Dirk the Daring. Singe the Dragon. Daphne the Princess. When they arrived in 1983, not as crude pixels but lush, hand-drawn cel animation, video games changed forever. As much interactive cartoon as classic fantasy adventure, Dragon’s Lair defined an entire generation of arcade games