Last Blade Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:42pm
FAIR WARNING FOR ANYONE BUYING THIS GAME
This game is a re-release of the Don Bluth laserdisc classic from 1983.
This game holds massive nostalgia for those who played the original.
This game, for those that don't know, is basically a quarter munching Quick Time Event.

If you didn't grow up in the 80's playing this in an arcade, it's probably not for you.
If you didn't grow up watching saturday morning cartoons, it's probably not for you.
If you don't know what an Aladdin's Castle is, this game is probably not for you.

Oh... also, if you're first experience with Dragon's Lair is the version that came out on the NES, this game is probably NOT for you.

However, if you were a child of the 80's, enjoyed arcades, loved Don Bluth films and the original Dragon's Lair then this game is a straight up nostalgia shot in the butt, full of the same joy and pains as the original.

Now, that isn't to say if you WEREN'T a child of the 80's or didn't enjoy arcades or haven't seen a Don Bluth film or the original Dragon's Lair that you shouldn't buy this game.

I just think you should do a few google searches about what this game really is before you buy it, so you don't end up on this forum crying about how you "wasted your money" on a game you really had no earthly clue about.

Buyer beware kids.
Last edited by Last Blade; Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:45pm
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kcasllab Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:20pm 
Nicely put and solid advice as well.
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My own nostalgia was kicking in when i seen this, i thought i should check the forum for compatability issue and read this. Solid advice for newcomers indeed.
karraker_chris Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:35pm 
So many quarters eaten... I could have bought this game several times over with the amount of money I pumped into this arcade game back in the day...
pro-zak Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:45pm 
I hated this piece of crap (and Space Ace) in the 1980s, Was nice watching some poor sod who had pumped $100 into it, and could play through the whole thing .... but was a heck of a ♥♥♥♥ game for anyone else. If this has unlimited continues, then maybe it's worth a nostalgia shot.
radioman970us Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:47pm 
Absolutely great advice.

Sure want this to win. I'll buy DL 2 and Space Ace as well if (and only if) it does. Would rather have all 3 at $10 or less though... but I'd hoping to install this for a weekend of nostalgia.
bronzeager Dec 25, 2013 @ 8:03pm 
I had this on CD-ROM thanks to a reissue in the 90s....don't think I ever even actually made it in the castle. So psyched to give it another shot :D
massai11 Dec 25, 2013 @ 8:09pm 
Wow! I remember this one. Never got very far though. Light pockets.
Last Blade Dec 25, 2013 @ 8:18pm 
Personally, I loved this game. I thought playing through a cartoon was pretty awesome at the time (still do). I never actually beat Dragon's Lair until it was released on the Sega CD, lol. Also around the same time I found "Road Avenger", also for the Sega CD, which was just as amazing.

Back in the arcades, this game and the D&D Shadows over Mystara ate every quarter I had as a kid. lol
radioman970us Dec 26, 2013 @ 3:36am 
People gathered around this game in the arcades when other people were playing it just to watch. It had "gaming future" written all over it at the time. Don Bluth and his team did a great job on the animations for these.

Slightly OT, I was watching the old movie Xanadu (with Olivia Newton John) and was amazed to see some Don Bluth animation in that. There's some interview material and it's fun watching them comment on their involvement. I highly recommend the DVD of that if you're into 80s film and need everything Bluth ever did. and while I'm on the subject, I saw the DVD of Titan AE (a slightly underrated Bluth effort) in Big Lots for $1.50. The packaging is minimal, but the disc is certainly included. ;) I already have the original release DVD.
Brandoe Dec 31, 2013 @ 8:53am 
This definitely was a shot of nostalgia right in the keister. I shudder to think of the amount of coins as a child this game ate of mine.
Ausar Dec 31, 2013 @ 7:43pm 
I didn't grow up in the 80s, actually, far from it. I'm 16 years old and the first time I've played this was on the Gameboy and I actually like it quite a bit. Sure, there are better things to play now, but this is definitely not a bad game by any means.
Last Blade Jan 1 @ 12:18am 
Originally posted by Ausar:
I didn't grow up in the 80s, actually, far from it. I'm 16 years old and the first time I've played this was on the Gameboy and I actually like it quite a bit. Sure, there are better things to play now, but this is definitely not a bad game by any means.

You are wise beyond your years.... and for that, I respect you.
Happy New Year.
Ausar Jan 1 @ 7:12am 
Originally posted by Last Blade:
Originally posted by Ausar:
I didn't grow up in the 80s, actually, far from it. I'm 16 years old and the first time I've played this was on the Gameboy and I actually like it quite a bit. Sure, there are better things to play now, but this is definitely not a bad game by any means.

You are wise beyond your years.... and for that, I resspect you.
Happy New Year.

Thanks. you too. :D
astral_nomad Jan 3 @ 8:10pm 
Good explanation of the game.. I remember being in the arcades and seeing that back in the day. Never had the opportunity to play it tho, so now i can go nuts.. ;)

One other thing to point out as well.. the release of Dragon's Lair 3D that came out a few years ago is also *not* the original. It was an attempt to revamp and modernize the game which in its own way, it did well with - It was mostly the same as the original but the rooms werent random, and you have 3d movement support. But this version is far better insomuch as the authenticity of the gameplay goes.
RT Jan 9 @ 12:15am 
I mostly wanted it for Don Bluth animation because I love his style. Wish they released Dragon's Lair 3D on Steam.
clegane Feb 20 @ 1:02am 
Nice writeup!

I was totally stoked to find this game. I remember playing it at a Showbiz Pizza in 1984! Or rather...staring dumbfounded in horror as I burned an entire week's allowance in less than 30 seconds and still had no idea what had happened.

Great memories! Winning it now with the move guide turned on feels a bit cheap....but still strangely satisfying after all the heartache this one gave me when I was a lad.
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