Dragon’s Lair turns 25

This week sees Dragon’s Lair turn 25! The machine that not only made you and all your mates go “WOW”… but your Grandmother too. I remember being a kid at that age where a pound was a lot to put into a machine that looked so difficult, it could have been over in 10 seconds flat. So I would have opted for 10 credits on Pac-man.

Born in 1983, Dragon’s Lair was published by Cinematronics and featured the animation by ex-Disney’s Don Bluth who was famous for his works on The Secret Of NIMH and An American Tail. It featured the brave knight Dirk The Daring out to rescue Princess Daphne.

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Needless to say, I was happy to stand and watch the Cartoon cabinet in its attract mode waiting for someone else to insert their hard-earned cash.

Due to the hardware limitations coupled with the huge amounts of animation, the system effectively used video, tapping into the huge storage potential of LaserDisc.

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Happy Birthday Dragon’s Lair!

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