Reviews and Problems with Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair
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Dragon's Lair 3D
Into Liquid Sky
6 June 2004
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 .
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!
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.
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...
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.
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