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Dragon's Lair (CD)

GAME DESCRIPTION: Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair is mostly a fmv cartoon. You play the part of Dirk the Daring, and have to rescue the princess from the evil dragon. You make your way through the castle avoiding traps and obstacles, and killing evil monsters. The game is broken-down into a series of short scenes, in each of which you must complete a specific task such as killing something or avoiding being killed. If you make the wrong move, or even the right move at the wrong time, you will be killed, and have to redo that scene. It usually takes several tries to get a scene right before you can move on to the next scene. Dragon's Lair was originally a gorey game for the laser disc systems, but in the Jaguar CD version, the gruesome death scenes were edited.

GRAPHICS: The graphics in Dragon's Lair are top-notch for the Jag CD. The video runs smoothly, just like watching a cartoon. The outlines of the characters and objects are smooth, and not blocky. Rating: 9

SOUND: The music in Dragon's Lair is typical movie background music and is fitting for each of the scenes. Other sound effects are grunts from Dirk, and other things he says, such as "uh oh.", Dirk doesn't say much, and his voice sounds muffled. The only time when voices are really clear is in the opening movie sequence. Rating: 6.5

GAMEPLAY: Dragon's Lair is a very tedious game that can get boring very quickly when you have to redo a scene over and over again. You cannot save your game, even with a memory track, so you have to start over from the beginning each time you want to play. Rating: 5

OVERALL: Overall, Dragon's Lair is pretty dull most of the time. Despite the awesome graphics, this game gets boring very quickly. Dragon's Lair is definitely not worth the $59.95 suggested retail price, but if it sounds interesting, and you can find it for under $10.00 like I did, go for it! Overall Rating: 7

-Tim Gordon

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