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If your blood runs hot at the mere mention of lizardly goings on, then Data East has a side-scrolling, action/adventure SNES game that should singe your sinuses. Dragon's Lair is here, and although it's not a true portover of the classic animated laserdisc arcade game, it has the feel and fun of the medieval mishaps that made the original a smash hit.
- Beware of the boiling battlement pots! The ground around them is very slippery. If Dirk isn't careful, he'll end up doing the Camelot trot right off the ledge.
- If you're having trouble finding the right exits on dungeon levels (there are sometimes more than one), try to drop all the way to the floor and look for water. Swim to the right to find the real exit.
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In this alternating two-player game, you recreate the role of Dirk the Daring. Dirk must battle through five Stages with 25 levels of nail-biting, sword-swinging 100 action in search of his beloved Daphne, who's been kidnapped by the evil Mordroc. As Dirk, wind your way through Mordroc's castle by fighting across the embattlements, into the interior, and finally into the rank, reptilian bowels of the castle. In one hand, you carry your trusty sword; in the other, an assortment of Dragon-slaying items, such as Axes (very weak), Knives (better), and Shurikens (the best). You also discover, in true adventurer fashion, an assortment of goodies, like shields, 1-ups, weapons, and coins.
- Don't break the crystal while you exit from the first dungeon. If you do, you'll receive the axe, which is ineffective against the powerful snake boss on the next level.
- Be very careful when you throw shurikens -- one miss and your weapon boomerangs back at you.
You're gonna need all the weapons you can acquire and more to battle the ugly assortment of characters hangin' out around your homeboy. In addition to the snakes, bats, monkeys, and a very persistent, annoyingly-accurate dragon, there are haunted anvils, false floors, burning ropes, and other inanimate dangers. You actually have to think to get past some obstacles, unlike some hack and slash games. Warning: If you like your fighting straightforward, you might find Dragon Lair's puzzles a frustrating jaunt.
Anvils that don't vibrate when you move near them are safe to touch. You'll need to move these GEUTLY to cover unseen fires below you.
Dragon's Lair has a few nicks in its shield. The game requires you to make some fairly difficult leaps of faith, which show you what it's like to fall off a castle. The graphics, though clean and well-animated, tend to be repetitive and the levels don't change (Battlement, Interior, Dungeon).
All in all, the challenge of this game should attract arcade slashers, while the cartoony graphics will appeal to kids. Hopefully, you're up to the quest, because Daphne's time runneth ever shorter.
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