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Dragon's Lair is a laserdisc video game published by Cinematronics in 1983. It featured animation created by former Disney animator Don Bluth. Most other games of the era represented the character as a sprite, which consisted of a series of bitmaps displayed in succession. However, 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 laserdisc, but imposed other limitations on the actual gameplay. The game's enormous contrast with other arcade games of the time created a sensation when it appeared, and was played so heavily that many machines often broke due to the strain of overuse. It was also arguably the most successful game on this medium and is aggressively sought after by collectors.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Just a cartoon with a joystick No fun to play
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 Its a scam!!! It just steals your money while you watch.
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5 Dragons Lair 2 BY late 80's and early 90's nobody cared
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6 NES Console version Horrible.
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1 This game is essentially Simon in arcade form. Memorize the pattern, repeat it, and win. Yes, it was a quarter eating monster back in the 80s because it took multiple tries to figure out the pattern, so you'd die over and over and had to keep putting quarters in to get further. However, once you knew the pattern, you could easily beat the game with one quarter. I remember how it stood out in arcades because it looked just like a Disney cartoon. I also remember that the game had zero replay value after you beat it. In the golden era of arcades, this game looked like a gem ahead of its time, but today it's a laughably simplistic game. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 13, 2012, 10:22 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 When Dragon's Lair came out in the mid-80s, I was in the peak of my video-game playing days, but I took a pass on it. Unless you had the sequences (and timing) of moves memorized down to the last detail, it was a total quarter eater, as others have said. Cool as the concept was, in practical terms the game only had entertainment value if you were the sort of videogamer who got their jollies from memorizing the Pac-Man patterns, OR if you were fortunate enough to be in the arcade when such a person was on the game. Again, the game was a cool idea, but because it was ahead of its time, the implementation was where the de-skeletonized ichthyoids lurked. SFTS. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 13, 2012, 8:20 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I was blown away by the look of this game when I first saw it at Chuck E. Cheese. This game was supposed to be the future of video games. There was a huge line that I had to wait in to play it. When I finally got my turn, some monster was coming at Dirk the Daring, so I moved the joystick. Nothing happened. I died. Then a giant bowling ball came at Dirk and I tried to get away. I died. Then another monster came at Dirk. I tried the "sword" button. I died for the final time. I was done with that stupid game. There was a Saturday morning cartoon of Dragon's Lair on at the time and whenever it was on, I'd bring out my Atari joystick and move it around and say to my brother, "Look, Dirk doesn't do what I tell him; it's just like playing the actual game!" -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on August 12, 2012, 12:50 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I was absolutely fascinated with these as a kid - and like Parker had too many quarters sucked into them in the early 80's then in the 90's I found a sequel DL2- at a mall in Erie, PA- and was like wtf, how did I never hear of this? To quote someone who coined it for the 1984 film adaptation of Dune- these three games- DL 1,2 and SPace Ace were all magnificent failures. Flawed - yes, very cool and unique in an era on limited technology- yes, and fun to actually see Disney style and quality animation on slightly more adult material- fights deaths, sexy girls in cheesecake situations made for a teen guy audience! I'm going to bone it for all my lost quarters, but unbone it for the fact that they were just- well, cool. And now you can enjoy them on PC, Dvd or Blu. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on August 12, 2012, 8:51 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I tried playing this several times in one day in 1983. I found it to be nothing more than a quarter-eating machine. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on August 10, 2012, 1:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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