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Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) 65 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00005BRJR
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,095 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Gamecube reboot version of the classic Laserdisc "Dragon's Lair" game.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! January 1, 2003
At last, Dragon's Lair can be played as it always should have been - in real-time 3D! I am glad to see this ground-breaking classic back and in good form. The look of the game is nearly the same as the original, but now you have complete control of your character. The developers have added some additional villainous creatures, but you still have the time-honored foes (Fire Drakes, Giddy Goons, Singe the Dragon). The game in its present state has 15 levels and over 250 "chambers" loaded with traps, puzzles, and secrets.
The cel-shaded animation is smooth and looks simply awesome. (It even supports HDTV 1080i, for those lucky enough to be able to take advantage of this!). The music and sound is great, and you can expect hours of gameplay. The only downside of this new Dragon's Lair is exactly that of the original - limited replay value. But it provides a wonderful bit of nostalgia for us older folks, and the younger kids should get plenty of play out of the game.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring... July 7, 2005
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is boring. I wanted to like it, I really did. I tried to like it. I went into it with a biased mind already deciding that I did like it. After all, I love the original Dragon's Lair, so I thought this one would be great. So I played it through. Boy, was I ever wrong.

1. Good graphics, very reminiscent of the original DL.
2. Additional animations provided by Don Bluth.
3. Additional bad guys provided for the game.
4. Some visually innovative and interesting levels.

The good things about this game stop right there.


1. Play Control. Huh? What's that? The play control in this game is the worst I have ever seen. Dirk moves sluggishly, even when you are holding down the Run button (which you will be doing a lot of, unfortunately). And that's another stupid thing. Why do we need a "Run" button anyway? We already have an analog stick! Dirk moves so freakin' slow without the run button pushed that it makes me wonder when anyone would ever use NOT use it. You find yourself holding down that button about 95% of the time.

2. Platforming. This ties in again to play control. The platforming in this game really sucks. For a game that emphasizes it so much, you would think the developers would try to get it right or at least do a LITTLE better than this. For one thing, your jump control stinks. For another, if you happen to have your sword out you are sunk. You will find yourself laboriously getting your sword out to fight or ring a bell, then hitting the button again to sheath your sword so you will be able to grab ledges. If you forgot, then sorry, but you're gonna die. THE END.

3. Ridiculously Difficult Boss Battles. Don't get me wrong - I LIKE hard games.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirk doesn't fit the environment! December 27, 2003
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Yes, this game is fun and easy. The graphics are great, but Dirk the Daring looks annoyingly 2D, in the game and on the box. It's like putting some old cartoon in the real world. If you can ignore this fact, you will enjoy the game.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it CAN be fun. If you are a hard core gamer who ... July 13, 2014
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This is a weird game. It's so cartooney and "little kid's game" on the surface but it's HARD! I'm a regular adult gamer and I always play games in this genre (third person action/adventure) but this one is HARD, I say again. I have gotten so frustrated I've put the darn thing away a couple times to play games that are more fulfilling because I can get somewhere. Maybe it's just me, I don't know but I've only rarely had to put a game away because I was so mad at it and even then it was always only a boss at the end that I couldn't beat.

I will eventually finish this game, as when it's going ok and I only die a once or twice on a level, it CAN be fun. If you are a hard core gamer who finds every game too easy, try this one and don't get too turned off by the cheesey dialogue and cartoon graphics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DRAGON'S LAIR June 19, 2008
By J
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
After reading some of the negative reviews here I had to put in my two cents. Any fan of the original Dragon's Lair or Space Ace or Don Bluth's style of drawing will really love this game visually. It's worth buying it just for being able to crawl around in many locales from the original game where you once could not. The score is nicely done.

The gameplay definitely has its faults. The most frustrating thing in a video game EVER is trying to jump across from platform to platform with really bad controls. You'll do things in this game over and over til you finally get it right, not unlike the original.

There's no groundbreaking material here. I would advise against purchasing this game for any other reason than for the nostalgia.
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