Many often consider Dragon’s Lair one of the most iconic video games of the 1980s. Wonderfully animated by Don Bluth of The Land Before Time and An American Tale fame, many an 80s kid used every quarter they could find to play the game at the arcade. Over the years, the arcade title has seen releases onto home consoles, sometimes successfully, other times less so. Thankfully, the Switch port proved successful. Soon, Limited Run Games will release a physical release of Dragon’s Lair Trilogy along with a special collector’s edition.
The trilogy includes the original Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and Space Ace. All three titles are, in modern terms, cinematic games based entirely around quick time events. Dragon’s Lair‘s plot is relatively simple. Players help guide Dirk the Daring as he tries to save Princess Daphne from an evil dragon. In the sequel, Dirk has to travel through time to rescue Daphne yet again. Meanwhile, Space Ace is unrelated to Dragon’s Lair, instead taking players into outer space. Players control Ace, who must save his sidekick Kimberly from an evil alien commander that tries to terrorize Earth with a de-aging ray.
Our own Chris Hinton gave Dragon’s Lair Trilogy for the Switch an 8.5/10. While the control scheme is a tad dated and the storylines were barebones, Don Bluth’s trademark animation helps keep this classic game alive through the ages.
Get it before it’s gone
The Dragon’s Lair Trilogy collector’s edition will cost $79.99. In addition to the game, the bundle will include an enamel pin of Dirk the Daring, a poster, three art prints, an arcade cabinet papercraft, and a LaserDisc-styled box. The announcement mentions that this box set will be “perfect for recreating [Stranger Things],” implying that Limited Run Games wants to coincide the release with the show’s third season.
Orders start on May 24. The first batch will go up at 10:00 AM EST, while the second will go up at 6:00 PM EST. True to its name, Limited Run Games will only release a limited number of physical copies. Whether you want Dragon’s Lair Trilogy‘s big collector’s edition or just a standalone copy, strike while the iron’s hot.
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