Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dragon's Lair DS

"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!"

That it is indeed. As the intro cinematic so enthusiastically states, Dragon's Lair puts you into the shoes of Dirk the Daring. Unfortunately, the action is closer to DDR than D&D. The player controls Dirk with the arrow keys and an action button, working off of the sometimes subtle indications in the scenes. The game shifts through the storyline through a set of scenes up to the final, climactic battle to save the princess from the evil dragon. The video is faithfully ported onto the DS, but there's nothing really new from the old arcade versions (game-wise). Once you beat the game, you can go back and watch each scene / the whole thing without interactivity. So no re-playability...

+ Fun Artwork/Video (Disney-esque animation, and a variety of death sequences)
+ Nostalgia

- No replay value

Final Evaluation: A fun distraction that'll last you as long as a bus ride. Not quite worth the 10-15 dollars. Find an emulator online and and play it if you're interested.


  1. Dragon's Lair! I have a friend which would love this game! Thumbs up!

  2. Haha this game is awesome, true that it has no replay vallue but still worth the money.

  3. I bought my wife a DS last year. Will have to check some of these out.

  4. I used to love playing dragons lair back in the day.

  5. Nice post, I'm enjoying your ds reviews n___n"

  6. Love this game!