I finally got around to reviewing this one, the infamous Dragon’s Lair game. In case you have never heard of this, I’m not sure how, but just in case, here’s a short summary of it:

Dragon’s Lair, one of the most beloved arcade games of all time can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. This fully arcade authentic version is fully playable with Kinect or the Xbox 360 controller so you can really show how well you wield Dirk’s sword.  Included with this ultimate edition are bonus Avatar items, Gamerpics and even a full watch feature to sit back and enjoy Don Bluth’s stunning animation.  In Dragon’s Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles.  Lead on adventurer. Your quest awaits!

The Menu

The menu is your typical hover and lock method, with the icon being a sword. It works so I guess that’s better than nothing. Anyhow, the main menu items consist of Play Game, Extras, Help & Options, Recommendations, Kinect Tuner and Exit Game. As usual, I’ll break each one down. This is a hybrid game though where you can play either with Kinect or the controller.

Play Game

This is the main mode to play the game. If you are unfamiliar with this game, it was a hit in the 80’s but I feel it’s time has passed now. It was one of the first Full Motion Video (FMV) games and it was cool at the time. You have basic controls and just have to do the motions at the right time via the controls, otherwise you die. That’s really it to be honest. The one thing I noticed in this version is there are secrets in the game which I don’t remember previously.

When you choose to play the game, there are 3 different modes and you can play co-op as well, although I didn’t have an able body to test it out. The first mode, Adventure, allows you to play the game as long as you want as you have an unlimited number of lives so you can finally finish the game if you never did before. The second mode, Quest, Dirk has more lives than normal so there is a chance of losing. The last mode, Daring, is like the original where you only get 5 lives and one chance. Anyhow, after you choose your mode you can start your game. I did make a video of it on Daring mode so you can reminisce, view it below:

Extras

The extras area has a few things in it which I’ll go over. Achievements just show you the achievements. Leaderboards lists the top scorers of the game. Photos allows you to manage your photos as it does take snapshots while using Kinect. Watch Game is strange, it’s a sample play through of the entire game. I decided to make a video of it as the price on this one, I still don’t agree with, so if you feel like your missing something, just watch the video below:

Lastly, there’s an Attract option. This is the games original trailer from the 80’s. I made a video of it as well for nostalgic reasons, you can view it below:

Help & Options

In here, there’s some more things for you to view. The first item, Controls, shows you cue cards on how to play. If you don’t understand it, the next option, How To Play, is an interactive video/tutorial on how to play. I did make a video of this as well that you can view below although I had some issues with it, think my timing was off:

Next are the settings. In here you can turn subtitles, move beeps, move guides and photos on or off. Lastly, you can view the credits.

Recommendations

For whatever reason, there’s links to download 3 games in here; Joe Danger SE, Fruit Ninja Kinect and Air Band.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s another mediocre arcade title. It is definitely not worth the price since it is just a rehash, that looks a little better in HD. If you were a gamer growing up, more than likely, you’ve played it so you are not missing much. The Kinect features make it a little more exciting but it’s still boring to me at least. That generation of FMV will always be legends, but I feel they need to stay there. Now, the Gunslinger FMV game is much better than this one, maybe because it’s newer or what not, but there’s just not much to this one. If you must absolutely have it to add to your collection, I’d grab it when it’s on sale for half price or less.


This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Dragon’s Lair
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