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A valiant knight, Dirk the Daring is on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon.


Don Bluth


Rick Dyer (concept)




Credited cast:
Dan Molina Dan Molina ... Dirk the Daring (voice)
Vera Pacheco Vera Pacheco ... Princess Daphne (voice) (as Vera Lanpher)
Michael Rye Michael Rye ... Narrator (voice)
Dave Spafford Dave Spafford ... Lizard King (voice)

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The first laserdisc game and the first to use regular cell animation for the graphics. In this game, you play Dirk the Daring, a knight who must rescue a princess by exploring a castle filled with deadly dangers which require quick wits and precise timing to overcome. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A scene cut from the game would've involved Dirk fighting a series of Gargoyles who would throw spears at him, as he navigated through some stepping stones and would finally find an exit inside a treasure chest. It got as far as pencil tests, and could've been remastered for the home video releases, but the scene just wasn't fun to play and remained cut. See more »


The background changes in the room with the "drink me" sign. If the player dies in the "drink me" room, the sign in the background of the room no longer says "drink me", it says "eat me" and there's a loaf of bread with a knife in it instead of the potion. See more »


Princess Daphne: Please save me. The cage is locked, with a key. The dragon keeps it around his neck. To slay the dragon, use the magic sword.
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Alternate Versions

A version was released on home CD-based consoles (ie Sega CD, 3DO) that included an extra scene/stage. See more »

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This game was the thing when I was a kid, and I sucked at it.
3 May 2012 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

I am guessing I could never wrap my mind around the fact you simply guide Dirk the same way every time. You just hit the controller at the right time. Instead, I would usually get killed again and again, occasionally making it through a room. I was always able to get through that room with the wall that was closing up! Still, I enjoyed watching it and playing it. Going through the various rooms of the castle where they mention an evil wizard along with the dragon, but you never really see him. You have to find and rescue the princess in this castle and make it to the dreaded dragon's lair. I would later own the game on the Sega CD and it was so easy to win and it did not look nearly as good as the arcade game. If you ever have seen a Sega CD you know the look of the game, as any movie sequence looks as if it has a film over it. That game was also disappointing as it did not include two of the rooms featured in the arcade game. The rope swinging level with the fire ropes and the level with the circular disc that shoots downward. I am guessing the disc can only hold so much, or perhaps these two levels moved to fast or something? Not sure, but they were a couple of my favorites in the arcade so their omission made me sad. This game is a fond memory of my childhood so it still holds a special place for me. Want to get the WII version of the game as it not only has this one, but also has the sequel and Space Ace.

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Release Date:

19 June 1983 (USA) See more »

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Dragon's Lair See more »


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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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