Dragon’s Lair is one of the first animated quick time event video games in decades. This is an interactive move developed by Advanced Microcomputer Systems and published by Cinematronics. The Director and Designer is an ex-Disney animator Don Buth (who worked on The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail and The Land Before Time). The development of the game Rick Dyer (president of Advanced Microcomputer systems) was inspired by a game called Colossal Cave Adventure (on the PDP-10) and gave the game a named “The Fantasy Machine” (went through many illustration and text on a rudimentary computer using paper tape) after manipulated with a videodisc containing still images and narration. After The Fantasy Machine has failed in market it was called it The Secerts of the Lost Woods (which inspired by Don Buth’s The Secret of NMH) to impress Idea Toy Company representative but walk out in the middle of the presentation. Afterwards named The Dragon’s Lair and Don Buth was hired to animate the game. The development took over 7 months to complete and a budget of 1 million, the studio can’t afford any models for Princess Daphne (they had to look at Playboy Magazines for Inspiration) nor hiring voice actors (they had one) and they had people doing the voices who worked in the studio.

Now on to the game, the plot of the game tells you in narration by Michael Rye “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!” You are a knight called Dirk the Daring’s (Dan Molina) on a journey to save Princess Daphne (Vera Lanpher) from a dragon and dark wizard. This game features full motion video with quick time event but you have to be quick if you don’t you will lost. I love the game over animations they are cartoonish


and slapstick. Make sure you time your button right, the screen will flash and you have to move in the direction where it flashing. You also have your sword button which I don’t know the indication to use your sword. I am telling you this game is hard and you will have fun with it. Fun fact: Don Buth animation is gold in my opinion and I grew up watching his movies. Dragon’s Lair is available on  PC,  Xbox Live, PSN, Android  and IOS and support the Indiegogo to Dragon’s Lair film.

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