Created by Don (All Dogs Go to Heaven) Bluth, it featured the gallant knight Dirk the Daring in a valiant quest to rescue Princess Daphne from, yes, a dragon. The catch? This wasn’t any black-screen-with-little-lit-up-blips game. It was a video game that was actually a cartoon, complete with mini-movies stored on a laserdisc.
You only had a split-second to make the right decision and keep Dirk on his successful way. Jumping across a chasm? Better time it right, or you fall to your death. Outrunning huge billiard balls? Watch out, or you, gentle knight, will be squished.
It cost $1.3 million to make (in 80s dollars, no less), and if you watched it as a movie from start-to-finish, there was more than 20 minutes of video (Take THAT, Pong!)
Of course it was hugely successful (prompting the requisite toy line and even a failed Saturday morning cartoon), because it was just that awesome.
We ♥ Dragon’s Lair.
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