Review - Dragon's Lair
Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:17
Do you remember Dragon’s Lair? If the answer is no you didn’t live while the now famously called “golden age of gaming” was booming. The year was 1983 and arcade games was where it was at, and one of those games, not as known as every other game but still managed to collect a cult following, that game was Dragon’s Lair. Just released for the Xbox 360 with Kinect integrated we excitedly brushed the dust off our Kinect and jumped into the action, literally.
Dirk the Darling, yes that’s right that is his real name. Dirk the Darling is on a mission, a mission more known by a red jumpsuit wearing Italian, he needs to rescue a Princess, Princess Daphne from a dragon only known as Singe.
The first thing you will notice when you start playing Dragon’s Lair is that the entire game is made up of quick-time events, meaning you get a cue for when an action is needed for you preform and you need to accomplish that action in a certain time period or you will lose the game, pretty simple. Although simple as in a simple setup but in practice the game is really, really hard and it nails the concept of the old school classic difficulty perfectly, so if you don’t like to do a mission over and over and over again and again Dragon’s Lair is not your game.
However, if you don’t perform the current action at the perfect time it doesn’t mean the game ends, it just gives you a poor overall score, since the entire game is based upon scoring points, the better you do the better your overall score becomes.
The game is extremely short but again rather hard and the controllers tend to be the main problem with the game it all depends on what kind of gamer you are. If you are the type of gamer that can sit through two or three replay’s but that’s it, then Dragon’s Lair will have you destroying objects in frustration, however if you remember the old days where games wasn’t meant for you to beat them without a lot of skilled work then Dragon’s Lair might just be your cup of tea, it all depends on what kind of gamer you feel you are. And with the option to play the game with or without the Kinect it is all up to you as to how you much you will enjoy or hate the game.