Dragon's Lair Review
- A wonderful port of this gaming classic.
- Move guides and alternate versions of the game round out the experience.
- The game is unforgiving and requires a lot of patience.
- Little replay value.
It's Dragon's Lair. The price is a little steep but if you know what you're in for, it's a really well done port and might be worth the plunge.
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The year was 1983. Arcades were the place to be and utilizing new Laserdisc technology, a game came out that wowed so many people, lines were formed waiting to pop quarter after quarter into this machine. That game was Dragon's Lair. Since then, this gaming classic has been ported to everything imaginable, and now it's on the iphone. You play as Dirk the Daring, braving the dangers of Singe's castle to rescue the princess Daphne, and not die a horrible death in the process.
The controls consist of an on screen D-pad and button. When a button flashes, you press it, and if you hit it in time, Dirk will continue along his journey. If you pressed it too late or hit the wrong button, Dirk will die. Think of it as the earliest version of the Quick Time Event. Gamers can choose their difficulty as this version of the game not only comes with the ability to pick between home and arcade (two differing experiences of Dragon's Lair), but the ability to remove the flashing guides if one wishes.
The visuals and sound are exactly what anyone who has played this game remembers. The animation by Don Bluth's team is smooth and beautiful, and the sound effects round out the experience.
And in the end, an experience is what Dragon's Lair is. It really isn't a good game. It's far too punishing, almost impossible without the guides, and once you complete it, the replay value is non-existant. Still, it's a piece of gaming history and just might be worth the price if you haven't yet experienced it.
Description** NOTE: Dragon’s Lair is not compatible with iOS 6. But, be patient, brave knight – we’ll be updating the game soon! **
** 9/10 IGN.com Editors' Choice Award ** REDISCOVER THE GROUNDBREAKING ARCADE GAME THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON! For the first time ever, experience animation legend Don Bluth’s beautifully enhanced classic “Dragon’s Lair®” on your iPhone®/iPod touch®.
“The gorgeous animation has been cleaned up and looks brilliantly crisp on the iPhone screen.”
– Levi Buchanan, IGN
A PAST WORTH REPEATING
Immerse yourself in the visually stunning world of hand-drawn animation adapted from the original game. Prepare yourself for an authentic arcade experience and an unforgettable adventure!
A CLASSIC TALE OF GOOD VS. EVIL
As valiant knight Dirk the Daring, your noble but precarious quest is to rescue the beautiful Princess Daphne from the lair of Singe, a fire-breathing dragon who lurks in the foreboding castle of an evil wizard!
CHALLENGES OF A PRIMITIVE KIND
Battle your way through menacing forces and bizarre monsters including The Giddy Goons and The Lizard King. Forge your way through a maze of mysterious caverns and treacherous barriers, stopping at nothing to save the fair lady.
YOU CONTROL THE STORY
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.
CHOOSE YOUR PATH
Play in Arcade Mode for all of the fun and adventure of the freestanding original. Experience the authentic laserdisc version of this fan-favorite in Home Mode and check out additional scenes.
LEAD ON, ADVENTURER…YOUR QUEST AWAITS
Go forth, Dirk the Daring, on your perilous journey and be the hero you were born to be!
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What's New in Version 11.20.20*** NOW COMPATIBLE WITH iOS 4.2 & iPad ***
Download the NEW UPDATE for the best Dragon’s Lair experience yet!
Improvements, additions, and optimizations include:
• iOS 4.2 compatibility – Dragon’s Lair is now optimized for the newest iOS available
• iPad compatibility – Now you can play on a bigger screen
• Enhanced performance – Various bug fixes deliver smoother, more stable gameplay
As always, thanks for playing. And now prepare for adventure like never before!