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Dragon's Lair 3D Review
9 February 2008
Conclusion: The old people agree: Dragon’s Lair 3D is fun to play. It’s also a nice recreation of the original. Despite quirky camera issues and really, really weird things in the game (like…square nipples and monkey noises), Dragon’s Lair 3D manages to be an intense platformer with a somewhat monotonous premise. Execution was extremely professional and it shows. A fan of the original would love this one—just make sure they can hold the Xbox controller.
Excerpt: In 1983, Don Bluth (whose animation studios have given movie-goers the likes of The Secret of Nimh and An American Tail ) brought to the arcades their own interactive animated movie in the form of Dragon's Lair . For more than the cost of a normal game, players were treated to a Don Bluth animated feature in which they had to hit a button in time to avoid the numerous traps.
Pros: Strong in Dragon's Lair nostalgia, Easy to get into
Excerpt: A first glance, it seems that developer Dragonstone had all the right ingredients to achieve this. The visuals are astounding, bringing the animated look of the laser disc original under the control of the player with skillful use of cel shading. The audio includes all of Dirk’s trademark Eeps! Erks! and Wahs! Along with the sultry voice of Princess Daphne.
Excerpt: Dragon's Lair was one of the classic games from the heyday of the arcade, the 1980s. Gameplay was pretty simplistic and repetitive, but through the magic of the Laserdisc players were treated to an interactive cartoon. And this in the days of 2D pixelated sprites. Well the classic has made a comeback, and this time out it's been brought into the 21st Century with fully 3D graphics and a host of new moves for Dirk.
Excerpt: The more things change, the more they stay the same. The original Dragon's Lair was released in 1983 by the people who created such films as "An American Tale" and "All Dogs Go to Heaven". As the first laser disc video game, it was akin to an interactive, animated movie, which gamers lined up around city blocks to play. Player input was minimal and occurred only in precisely-defined moments, but was an amazing sight to watch.
Excerpt: But it is his second finest hour, maybe third if you include Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp – anyway, when you consider the horrible (S)NES games, Dragon’s Lair on the Xbox is something of a godsend. No, wait, maybe this is his fourth or fifth finest hour, I forgot about the multiple Dragon’s Lair ports on the Sega CD, CD-I, 3DO, etc, -- ok, ok, Dragon’s Lair 3D isn’t that great – fine, this game sucks.
Conclusion: > If you were playing arcade games in the early 80's, surely Dragon's Lair holds a place in your fondest videogame memories. As a stand alone action game, DL3D is just above average. If you throw in nostalgia, then it becomes a must buy.