Dragon's Lair, one of the most beloved arcade games of all time can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. This fully arcade authentic version is fully playable with Kinect or the Xbox 360 controller so you can really show how well you wield Dirk's sword.

In Dragon's Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. Lead on adventurer. Your quest awaits!

Release: 2012

Developer: Digital Leisure

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Type: Quicktime

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade / Kinect


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Directed by former Disney animator Don Bluth at his own animation studio. Bluth also is the creator behind "The Secret of NIMH," "An American Tail" and "The Land Before Time."

"Dragon's Lair" is the most popular FMV game of all time. It was a smash hit when it hit arcades in 1983 and has spawned a tv show and several other games including over forty home-ports and sequels.

Visionary producer Rick Dyer also produced "Thayer's Quest," "Shadoan" and "Time Traveler." He and his company were responsible for the home computer/laserdisc system Halcyon.

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On-screen cues/difficulty setting make this version a lot less arduous.

Dirk the Daring..... Dan Molina (voice)

Written by..... Marty Foulger, Victor Penman

Produced by..... Rick Dyer

Directed by..... Don Bluth

  May 25, 2012

This new port of Dragon's Lair brings Kinect support and leaderboards to the classic game, but its gameplay is increasingly dated. This latest incarnation's leaderboards and Kinect support at least mark a step toward variety. Unfortunately, that's still not enough to make it worth your time.

SCORE: 40 out of 100

  May 18, 2012

The original Don Bluth animation is still stunning, but there are various glitches abound that were never smoothed out due to the game's format. Now, in 2012, I don't see it being worth $10 just to have a history lesson on your Xbox 360. Nostalgia can only do so much folks and in the end, it isn't enough to make Dragon's Lair really worthwhile.

SCORE: 35 out of 100

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