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Reviewed: Dragon's Lair 20th Anniversary Boxed Set
Producer: Digital Leisure
Required System: Anything with DVD capabilities
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: November 19th, 2002
Page: 1


The Dragon's Lair series was one of the most glorious, if short-lived, parts of '80s gaming history. Why? Because it was the first attempt to push the envelope of video games in a major way, delivering theatrical-quality graphics inside of a game. Adding in the talent of Don Bluth and his animation teams, Dragon's Lair and Space Ace were high-quality, fun, quarter-sucking games in an era when players could go hours upon hours on a single quarter in other games.

The trick of the games, of course, was the inclusion of LaserDisc technology, storing immense amounts of pre-drawn animation, and relying on a timing system for gameplay. Hit the stick or action button as flashes on the screen dictated, and Dirk lived. Miss, and Dirk died.

Of course, the games suffered one major problem... hardware failure. The LaserDisc system wasn't ever designed to take the sort of abuse an arcade machine gets, from little kids (and not so little ones) kicking and screaming, to the hours and hours of spinning with no pause, to the rigors of being moved from arcade to arcade. When you can find one working, it's glorious to behold, but as time went on that just didn't occur.

Enter the 1990s and DVD systems... all the capacity of Laserdisc, high-tech menu systems, and seemingly endless possibility. So Digital Leisure took the next step, and kicked out an actual series of DVD games, from titles like Mad Dog McCree, Who Shot Johnny Rock, Hologram Time Traveller, and of course the beloved Dragon's Lair series. The 20th Anniversary edition comprises both Dragon's Lair games, plus Space Ace, for a 3 DVD set that's quite enjoyable.


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