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Dragon’s Lair

Known as the granddaddy of the “Quick Time Event”, Dragon’s Lair is an interactive cartoon that lets players help guide the actions of brave knight Dirk the Daring, as he ventures through the dangerous castle of Singe the Dragon in order to rescue his beloved princess Daphne.

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Originally released in the arcades as a laserdisc game, Dragon’s Lair is an interactive cartoon movie. Players control Dirk the Daring as he struggles his way through a dungeon to fight Singe, the Dragon, and rescue the beautiful Princess Daphne. The game consists of animated scenes, during which the player has to press direction buttons or the sword button in the right moment to trigger the next segment of the movie. Play Dragon’s Lair online!

Dragon’s Lair game description

Dragon’s Lair puts players in the greaves of Dirk the Daring, a knight trying to rescue the Princess Daphne. Daphne has been kidnapped by Singe the Dragon, and is now being held in the castle. Dirk’s adventure will have him battling monsters and the castle alike as he attempts to save the day.

Dragon’s Lair is a 2D platformer requiring players to navigate multi-tiered stages, finding one of multiple exits to complete a level and progress through the castle to the final boss fight. The QTE-focused game only appears on certain platforms, in this variation of the game players watch and sometimes control Dirk through his adventures though Singe’s castle. At very specific intervals during the game, Dirk will be in a situation that will force the player to control him, choosing which to direction to move him in around or having him attack enemies.

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