Ok so i know people in the past have written reviews saying “its not like the original” but they never tell you whats wrong with it. Here’s what ive noticed that sort of ticked me off when i played it. 1. the opening cinematic for when you enter the castle is only used once durring the tutorial in arcade mode. you can play the opening cinematic in the home version but that has a set path that you speciffically take instead of it being random. 2. the input instuctions… they are really annoying they pop in your face durring the middle of the action and get in the way. you have the option of turning them off which would be nice… but they got rid of the flicker in a good chunk of the cinematics that told you which type of quick time event was ahead. those are two MAJOR problems with the game. i dont regret my purchase cause i dont own the original, however i would hope that the developers read this and try to make an update for this game and the rest of the games like it that they published. if it doesnt bother you that its not the original then go right ahead and buy it.
This is exactly what you're looking for, almost
If you're looking for true Dragon's Lair game play, look no further. This is it. All of the great scenes and sounds are flawlessly replicated in this game. However, there are a couple of huge annoyances that keeps me away from the game more than I wish. First, when you start up the game, it will always show you the tutorial. Now, I don't remember a tutorial in the arcade version. It may be helpful for newbies. But you only need the tutorial once. The game should have an option to not show the tutorial after you get the hang of it. Bam! Minus one star. Next issue. The app is locked when your gameplay is over. Yes, once you lose your five lives, you'll be tantilized by the Restart or Exit Game buttons, but they don't work. And there's no menubar so you can't simple choose File/Quit. Basically, you have to bring up the Force Quite Applications command to do quit the game. Now, if you're like most people and don't know about the Force Quit option, you'll be in a terrible dilemma as you run to the Genius Bar to have them help you exit the app. So, to save you some grief, you can initiate the Force Quit Applications command by hitting the Command-Option-Escape keys at the same time. Then select the Dragon's Lair app and click Force Quit. This may be a Yosemite issue but still BAM! Minus another star. Aside from the issues above, this is a fabulous game for those looking to relive the days of yesteryear. Remember? Riding your green Schwinn Stingray with your pals off to the local arcade wearing Angel Flights with pocket fulls of quarters. You'd show off your Dragon's Lair skills by dying intentionally just to watch the animation and then finishing off the dragon with your last man as the crowd gathered round...
Just like I remember it
This is exactly like the original in just about every respect. I like how you can toggle on/off things like hints, difficultly level, and arcade/home version. I believe the home mode will allow you to try a particular problem over and over until you solve it while arcade version puts you into a random problem if you fail. I found that it slipped back into home version after a while, but maybe I misinterpret the mode. Sounds, video, everything is exactly like I remember it. Even the “buzz” and “ping” that register the moves. It sure brought back memories of dimly lit arcades. I was a little surprised how quickly I got to the dragon. Haven’t beat him yet.To contemporary game players, this will feel strange not having complete control of Dirk, just timed movements. To everyone who watched others play it in the 80’s, it is THE game like the other reviews indicate.
I think the negative reviews are a bit harsh. This plays just like the old laser disk cabinet in the arcade. Lots of fun! I'm not givin it 5 stars because it seems we are restricted to keyboards for controls. I wish I could use my usb joystick.
Awesome blast from the past!
This is identical to original game, including the sometimes frustrating input windows to proceed through the game. I spent a small fortune 50 cents at a time to finally save the princess when I was young every morning before school. If you didn’t play the original(or Space Ace) you’re likely to become extremely frustrated at the input mechanism.But if you enjoyed or obsessed over this game in the 80’s this is a great way to tackle it again :)