Dragon’s Lair

Sure, there was Asteroids… and Space Invaders. And you may have heard of a little game called Pac-Man, but for our money (granted, just 25¢), there was nothing in the arcade quite like Dragon’s Lair.

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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~ by weheart80s on March 29, 2010.

3 Responses to “Dragon’s Lair”

  1. I play this game when it came out. Did cost .25 or .50 to play this game?

  2. Then came out Space Ace, Dragon’s Lair II Time Warp.

  3. […] how big a deal was Pac-Man? it’s one of only three games, with Pong and Dragon’s Lair (we love it!), that are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian […]

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