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Dragons Lair Trilogy

 

 

SCORE: 75

 

Dragons Lair Trilogy 

 

When I heard about Dragon's Lair Trilogy on the Wii I was very curious to see how it would turn out. Destineer has published the definitive compilation of the most well known Laser Disc arcade games. Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, and Dragon's Lair II Time Warp are included. Most companies that produce arcade games for the home console allow players to touch a button to simulate putting in another quarter. Dragon's Lair Trilogy adds a dimension to this area.

The animated quality of Dragon's Lair Trilogy is fantastic. Two of these games are from the 80s, and the last one is from the early nineties. Playing Dragon's Lair Trilogy is like watching a cartoon, and interactive at key points. The game only allows for a few seconds to react at most. There is some gore as creatures are cut in half. Players also get to experience various death scenes when they make mistakes. The female characters in Dragon's Lair Trilogy are definitely dressed provocatively.

All of the voices are faithfully reproduced in Dragon's Lair Trilogy. Having to go through lengthy sequences again and again when mistakes are made can get tiresome when dialogue is present. I found myself tired of hearing some of the same phrases repeated. The music is very strong in these arcade games, and show what can be done when the technology allows it. I remember how revolution Dragon's Lair was at the time. It is showing its age now, but still it is a nice piece of history.

Remember how I said Dragon's Lair Trilogy goes a different route when it comes to simulating putting quarters into the machine? Well there are infinite lives if you so choose. There are also options for three lives or five lives. This simple little choice is something that makes Dragon's Lair Trilogy more realistic in terms of how it was in the arcade. I like this way of dealing with it. Dragon's Lair Trilogy can be beaten on the easy settings with infinite lives in a few hours. Players can also watch the entire game sequence if they can not get through certain parts.

The game play in Dragon's Lair Trilogy is very simplistic. Press up, down, left, right, or an attack button at the right time. Players can play with the guides on (editor: which tell you which way, and at what time), or for a real challenge play without them. The more difficult the challenge, the longer it takes to beat these three arcade games. I enjoyed playing Dragon's Lair Trilogy, and even though it has some issues, it was a nice trip down memory lane.

The two heroes in Dragon's Lair Trilogy are trying to save their women from the kidnappers. Saving the damsel in distress by any means necessary is the main lesson in Dragon's Lair Trilogy. The violence is cartoonish, and remind me of Looney Tunes. The death images are worse than that by a degree or two. It would have been nice for some way to get more clothing on the women as an option as well. I would like to see a real sequel to these games now that the definitive re-release has happened.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 69%
Sound: 81%
Replay/Extras: 79%
Gameplay: 74%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%
System: Wii
Publisher: Destineer
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes}   

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