AVGN: Dragons Lair

Mike Matei / November 20th, 2007


  • alireza

    April 11, 2010 at 3:07 am

    what the hell u talkin about

  • April 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Remember testing this game in the store, looking for a game to burn two months of hard earned allowances on…

    I was impressed by the graphics a lot, seemed like a well produced game. And I did play the PAL-version, so guess it wasn’t AS awful controls. I wasn’t scared off, but I didn’t make it past the first screen…
    …so the clerk handed me another game to try out instead, a little game called Legend of Zelda…

    Wish I knew where that clerk is today, I want to send him some flowers.

  • Kobbern

    April 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I like that you can click on a review on cinemassacre then just watch and type the comments below, this new site is awesome. Love the effort you put into this videos James.
    Best regards
    Kobbern 🙂

  • Beware77

    April 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I just bought Dragon’s Lair for my SNES….uh….I assumed it wouldn’t be as bad as the NES version. Well, it seems easier,but still it’s a flaming pile of goat shit!!!

  • Ouzo

    May 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

    This is my favorite AVGN episode.

  • Diogo

    May 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

    i owned this game until the night that i decided to play it it took me 4 hours to get to stage 3

    this is the most frustrating game ever made

    it’s shit for the birds

  • psycho1000

    May 19, 2010 at 7:26 am


  • kamakazi geek

    July 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    funny episode
    that game looks shit hard!!!

  • August 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    i have the game(the pal version) and what the nerd said the pal version is going smoother i did make it till the 3e stage so.
    but the game itself is just a waste of the cardrige.

  • phoenix252005

    October 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    wow if I played that game when I was a kid I woulda threw that game out the window!!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I played a little of this game online, and I also can’t believe that they made and release a game of this caliber.

  • theturi 22

    November 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    nerd can u review the snes version of this game

  • gamerdudeI22

    December 18, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I can appreciate bestiality. I would have sex with livestock if the government would let me!

  • December 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    why dont u do a review on the king of the monsters 2 or watever the game was in the opening or of the console it was on

  • metal0737

    January 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I HATE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!

  • metal0737

    January 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    In my opinion, this game is worst then Dr. jeckyll & Mr. Hyde!

  • March 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Hey James, since you did a Dragons Lair review, are you ever going to do a review of “Space Ace” for the SNES? That game is even more hilariously bad than this game. I’m sure you’ve played it before.

  • handsome pete

    May 23, 2011 at 1:38 am

    They should call this game “Dirk The Hemophiliac Can’t Save Shit.”

  • June 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    my gf says youre hot

  • Shanksy

    June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I loved the arcade version of this game, it came out in some shitty UK PS mag, and I thought it was great.

    Then I played the NES version after watching this, holy fuckballs. What a mess. Fuck it.

  • June 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    The animations of this game makes me remember the Simpsons joke where Milhouse plays Waterworld on A Arcade machine.

  • DarkTruth666

    July 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I remember I played the Arcade one on Gameboy Color spent a few days on that, did not have the patience for that shit, then was over at my aunt
    ‘s where I was looking through our old collection of games. And found this. Didn’t play it, instead sat my little cousin down and left. 2 hours later he comes in kicks me in the nuts and calls me an asshole and leaves. Now I know why. XD

  • July 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    whats that bigass cartridge and in what episode is it

  • July 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    you can see it at 0:35

  • That asshole

    August 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

    This was the first episode of AVGN I ever watched. I was in the Cricket store buying a new cell phone plan and came across a touchscreen phone on display with YouTube compatibility, and this episode just happened to be playing, I stood there in the store laughing my ass off, and like 3 or 4 other people started gathering behind me to see what was so funny, and they started laughing too.

  • SoTH

    August 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Actually, there is a game boy color game just like the original arcade game. Look it up on Youtube, its amazing! I’m very certain the NES could have done the same thing with a cropped screen, so the image is smaller.

    Why not do that then? Don’t know, you could say they never knew it could as of then, but then, why make a GBC title just like the original arcade machine. Actually, some home 8-bit computers featured something similar to the GBC game, so I guess they could have figured to do that.

    Guess they wanted to make a side scroller out of it, but it should have been better.

  • Robin Ekenberg

    August 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I will never try to endure this game 😛

  • Dragon_Nexus

    August 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    You know what this reminds me of?

    Demons’ Souls. Same kind of principal.

  • mxc82

    August 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    The music is so repetative.

  • JoshReid

    September 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm


  • DonSkiver

    September 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

    You know, I used to see Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace in the arcade I went to as a kid all the time, and not once did I ever play it. It looked amazing, I mean its a Don Bluth animated feature, how could it not look amazing? I never knew how the game mechanics worked until I watched this video. I am so glad I never wasted any quarters on either of those games, and I am so glad I never wasted away one of my weekends renting this piece of NES garbage.

  • AndrewCarr

    October 14, 2011 at 7:35 am


    It’s easy to believe that the Game Boy Color and the NES are similar platforms. However, the Game Boy uses a Zilog Z80 processor which is almost four times as fast and powerful as the NES’s Ricoh 2A03. The Game Boy Color also has much more memory to work with (32K on board whereas the NES had something like 2). Thus, they are not closely the same and the NES is (probably) not powerful enough to run full-motion video games.

    However, the reason for the butchered, side-scrolling port is only partially a matter of the console. One of the major factors was the tools available at the time. This game was made in the early 1990s and the technology to port full-motion-video to consoles didn’t exist until a couple of years after this game was released. Even when it did exist, it was done on consoles like the Sega CD where videos didn’t have anywhere near the fidelity of the originals (I believe Dragon’s Lair was ported to the Sega CD at some point, actually). There were systems that could handle high-fidelity video at that time, but they were extraordinarily expensive. I could go on but the main point I wanted to touch on was that the tools didn’t exist for those consoles and the technology just wasn’t powerful enough.

    I haven’t personally looked at the Dragon’s Lair games on the home computers, but if they’re anything like the Arcade game and the Game Boy Color is anything like the home computer games, one reason for that may be the GBC’s Zilog Z80 Processor. That processor was used commonly for home computers back in the 80s (Sinclair comes to mind). The old z80 machines weren’t as powerful as the game boy in speed terms, but they had more ram than the consoles of the time and even the GBC which came many years later, so maybe they were just -barely- powerful enough to handle a game like Dragon’s Lair.

    That’s my best guess, honestly.

  • ShadowpwnLord9

    November 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Fuck these spammers, where’s the actual commenters?!

  • Deschkloth

    November 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

    DON’T fuck the spammers! They’re unfuckable!!! (hmmm, I guess unfuckable isn’t a word. Nor is hmmm) If anything they should go fuck themselves!!! With cacti.

  • tannerboyter

    November 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    neo geo review when

    • Fei Wong

      December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm


      Hum, i played a lot of Neo Geo games, i own a NG DCZ and all the games the console has to offer and i think there only a few that arent as good but none to put on an AVGN IMHO.

      • Fei Wong

        December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

        @tannerboyter I mean Neo Geo CDZ, not DCZ XD

    • March 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

       @tannerboyter If you mean “when did he review it” then he never did. He just shot this scene for the intro. He sometimes does it and in the last Q&A (at Magfest 2012, the video is called “AVGN Panel”) he even mentioned that one clip.

  • December 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Only thing I remember about this title is that we constantly had to change disks on the Amiga 500

  • Hugoso

    February 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    LOOOL the endind is the funniest ever!

  • Ragnar0kZ3r0

    February 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, I forgot just how quick he got sick of this piece of shit! Not that I can’t see why.I only got maybe a few feet further than he did before I shut it off(that was after numerous tries!!!). Thankfully I don’t own this miserable pile of rancid ass garbage and I’m pretty sure my pal from back in the day has long since gotten rid of the copy I played. I know it didn’t take him long to regret buying it.

    As for the numerous ports of Dragon’s Lair, there are only a few which really recreate the arcade original well and of course the NES as much as I love it, was not capable of it. So they made a game to piss us off instead.

    Thanks assholes!!!

  • King George the first

    February 15, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Yeah Dude you have totaly right..i mean think about it, this game costs in the past 60 freakin Dollars and you buy this fucking shit, put in your nes and BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!A Big Shit Bomb explodes right IN YOUR FACE..

  • Christopher M Henderson

    February 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

    do you eventually beat these god aweful game i understand if you dont being a gamer from that ere i know your pain

  • AVGN in training

    February 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Why didn’t you play the Dragons Lair SNES version?

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      March 3, 2012 at 1:15 am

       @AVGN in training Totally different game. And it doesn’t suck. Looks like you need some more training! Good luck with future endeavours.

  • King George the first

    February 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

    The Dragonslair on Snes? Is it not the same shit?

    • GaucelmDeVillaret

      March 3, 2012 at 5:54 am

       @King George the first Not the same shit, a different kind of shit.

  • King George the first

    February 26, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Thats pretty cool M Henderson. I think this fucking game is impossible to beat.fuck this game and fuck the company who make this piece of shit to kidding us

  • Paul Leclerc

    March 2, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Nice try buddy.. But our “french avgn” did better than you (yes, we have one really famous, who also makes some old shitty games reviews ^^..). He showed us the Password system, which is really a bullshit ! Not a classic system, you really have to show this one !

    • smashing axe

      March 3, 2012 at 6:18 am

       @Paul Leclerc very intresting mr. French AVGN, how about shutting up and looking at something better?


      March 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

       @Paul Leclerc You do realize that Frédéric is reviewing the SNES version – and the NES and SNES version are nothing alike 😉 ?

    • LukasSprehn

      March 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      You can’t compare the two:
      First reason: This is English, not French.
      Second reason: This was five years ago.

    • VincentBeaudry

      March 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

       @Paul Leclerc Joueur du Grenier made a pretty awesome video about this game… but it can’t be compared.

  • Thrompz

    March 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    French AVGN? hahaha dont get me started James is much better
    nice try paul

    • Paul Leclerc

      March 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

       @Thrompz Mate, I know that James rules in what he does, and I really have a full respect for him, I’m just saying that there’s a fad in old games reviews, and this particular french reviewer is really stand out from the crowd (Of course, he is only known by french geeky people..). That’s also why I put “…” , just to compare and simplify my point.. 

      • GaucelmDeVillaret

        March 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

         @Paul Leclerc I know who you’re talking about: “Joueur du Grenier”, (Attic Gamer). His videos are awesome, and they are certainly more enjoyable for a French audience due to his way of humor and the local pop culture references. He is a worthy equivalent of the AVGN.
        But it isn’t fair to compare.
        James did this review 5 years ago, when his type of video game reviewing was still new. So of course it looks less elaborate than the things we have now.

  • March 3, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Fuck this game!

  • kuksoolwon

    March 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

    This game is easy idk what people are talking about ive beatin this,Space 1 & 2.

    • LukasSprehn

      March 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Don’t feed the trolls 😛

  • JaysonGeronca

    March 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

    KINECT for Xbox 360 (sets World Record)
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
    Own it now

  • yohss

    March 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

    i’ve just noticed : “fuck it to hell . Fuck it to OBLIVION” funny ^^

  • FardinJavanmard

    March 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

    there is a snes version of this, which i actually quite enjoyed 😉 but this one sucks!! 😀

  • Snejku

    March 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Ah hehe, caught the spinal tap refrence.
    Here’s a link of a speedrun someone managed to do with this game, it’s not really that long of a game but yeah it’s hard as hell, anyway you can presume the link is safe as it’s a youtube link

  • Glubi

    March 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This Dragon’s Lair video is one of the most viewed this week !It’s not a coincidence, the “Joueur du grenier” brings to the AVGN video a few more viewers…That’s impressive, our french guy had a small impact on this website !(But nobody should compare them, they are both awesome in very different ways)

  • JenniferWinn

    March 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I wanna see Motherfucker Mike do a video of the original game

  • frenchforever75

    March 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    the “joueur du grenier” have finish the level 1,2,3 4 and he test the original version and the super NES version of dragon’s lair so shut up french power we are too strong on video games

    • RyanSanders

      March 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

       @frenchforever75don’t forget surrendering, you guys are strong on that too.

  • ZiggyFunBoy

    March 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    will the AVGN have a heartattack one day or will it just be a “ScrewAttack”

    • TylerWelch

      March 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

       @ZiggyFunBoy No.

      • ZiggyFunBoy

        March 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

         @TylerWelch chill dude, it’s a joke XD

      • jakethesnake99

        March 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

         well that joke sucked

      • Khameleon

        March 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

         @ZiggyFunBoy Joke=funny.
        You=dumb as shit.

      • JoshSilvis

        March 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

         @Khameleon I do agree that it wasn’t funny at all, but no need t be an asshole about it.

  • SeanAshmead

    March 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    The original Dragon’s Lair looked pretty awesome in the arcade back in the day! This game, however, looks like a pile of Rancor fecal matter mixed with whatever Jabba the Hutt threw up a couple weeks beforehand. 1983 was the year Return of the Jedi came out, so I made a Star Wars reference.

  • rush86

    March 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

    wow this game looks like a horrible piece of shit

  • AshtonLambert

    March 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

    can you review the game thats fnin 60 pounds plz lol

  • SuperGnG

    April 10, 2012 at 4:39 am

    @ Khameleon YES!

  • icemann

    June 14, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Just thought I’d mention that this video inspired me to do a remake of this game. Why remake a shitty game? To (hopefully) make it better and less of a nightmare.

    You can check out details + get the latest demo for the remake here:

    Currently 50% of the remake has been completed.

  • pixelsmack

    September 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I played the C=64 version of this and absolutely lost my shit on the “elevator” level. Your timing had to be so insanely precise that no human could do it.

    I ended up ripping the floppy from the drive and twisting it in to a crumpled mess all while screaming like I was being eaten by a tiger high on cocaine.

  • Makusu

    October 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Im out of vodka damn.

  • silentYoshi

    November 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hmm which ep that show the neo geo part.

  • Wendysbrian

    December 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Formula on how to sound like AVGN:

    1. Say “I’d rather”
    2. Insert verb that’s synonymous with ingesting or relates to procreation.
    3. Add appropriate conjunction “a, the”
    4. Add unpleasant body part or waste product of a random animal.
    5. Finish with a body cavity or body part where the above would take place.
    6. Scream it angrily.

    1. I’d rather,
    2. snort,
    3. a,
    4. monkey’s urine,
    5. up my nose,
    6. !!!!!!

    Have fun! 🙂

  • December 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Quick time events. Now, one of the worst ideas in gaming…

  • March 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Someday, someone is going to make you do some of the things you say you’d rather do than play these shitty games xD

  • March 19, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Hey James, I remember them playing a clip of this when they interviewed you on Opie and Anthony. You were a terrible guest 🙂 Love your videos, been watching for a few years.

  • October 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    you shuld revew bubsy.

  • coutain1983

    January 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Here’s a great playthrough of NES Dragon’s Lair on Youtube. The guy speaks Swedish, but his reactions are still hilarious! And he does beat it eventually! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEtVk-HcpAU

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    “He’s the angriest gamer you’ve ever heard”–cut to James reading Hamlet.

  • Jake Plastow

    August 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Um… I..

    Kinda.. Liked this game as a kid…

  • December 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Review rocky horror for commodore 64!

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