March 2022 - Apple IIgs version by Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini.

Dragon's Lair
© 1983, Don Bluth

You, Dirk the Daring, are on a quest to rescue the Fair Princess Daphne who has been kidnapped and is being held captive by Singe the Evil dragon. To do this, you must survive the perilous journey by defeating all your adversaires. Make your way through the castle and cavern. Beware of your foes, as they are numerous!

After booting your Apple IIgs with a system disk, or autobooting from a hard drive, insert Dragon's Lair disk #1 and double click the DragonsLair icon to begin the game.

To install Dragon's Lair on a hard drive, create a DragonsLair folder on your hard drive and copy the content of the 7 disks into it. To run Dragon's Lair from your hard drive, double click on the DragonsLair directory icon on your hard drive then double click on the DragonsLair Icon.

After the game has loaded the demo mode will automatically begin. The demo runs through couple of scenes from the first disk and then returns to the title screen and credits. To start playing the game simply press RETURN at any time. You will know the game has started when the choose game difficulty screen appears.

You will have to choose the level of difficulty that you want to face:
  • None: Simply watch the game running as a movie. No interaction required.
  • Easy: You will receive visual indications on screen about moves and fires.
  • Medium: You will receive visual indication about actions timing.
  • Hard: Arcade version (No visual indications provided).
You do not directly control all of Dirk's actions, rather you control his reactions to the events that happen around him. As you watch the animation, you must decide in which direction Dirk should move on the screen and when.

To finish a scene successfully you must make a move (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT) or press the FIRE button when Dirk is in danger. Timing is very critical and often you may make the correct move but at the wrong time. Also, many scenes require more than one move. If you are having trouble, watch the animation carefully and move Dirk in the safest direction or if no direction is safe press the fire button to use Dirk's sword.

If you're sure you have the correct move try varying the time when you make the move, a little sooner or a little later. Don't be surprised if Dirk doesn't move immediately after you have made a move. You must wait for the animation to finish and if you made the correct move(s) you will continue on to the next scene.

You have three lives and the game will end if you lose all of your lives or when you have completed all of the scenes.

From time to time it will be necessary to change the disk in the drive. After you have finished all the animations on a disk you will be asked to insert the next disk so that the game can continue. NEVER eject one of the game disks while you are playing, unless you are prompted, or you may damage the disk!

The way to control Dirk is by using the numeric keypad on the keyboard or the arrow keys. The directions you will need are UP (8), DOWN (5), LEFT (4) and RIGHT (6). To use Dirk's sword you may press the '0' on the keypad or press ENTER or SPACE keys.

The game will come to end after you have lost three lives or if you press ESC key. To quit the game, simply press OpenApple-Q to go back to the Finder.

To save your position press the 'S' key during a scene and after you have successfully completed the scene. A disk icon will be displayed on the top left of the screen to let you know that your request has been taken into account. If you are playing from the disk, You will be prompted for Disk #1 and your position will be saved. You will be prompted again for the current game disk.

To load a saved game press the 'L' key during a scene. If you are playing from the disks, you will be prompted for Disk #1. Remove the game disk from the internal drive and replace it with the Disk #1. The last saved position will be loaded and you will be prompted for the appropriate game disk.

You can pause the game at any time by pressing the 'P' key on the keyboard. To continue to play, press any key and the game will resume.

You can toggle the audio off and on by pressing the 'A' key on the keyboard.

Dirk will walk across the bridge and fall through a hole. Several purple tentacles will appear. As the tentacles begin to move towards Dirk, press the FIRE key once. Dirk will draw and swing his sword. Half way through the swing press UP key once, Dirk will put his sword away, climb on the bridge and run into the castle.

The game is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Tony DIAZ (1967-2021), who passed away while this game was being programmed. We miss him.

System Requirements:Apple IIgs ROM 01/3 with 2 MB RAM, one 3.5" disk drive, System 5.0.4
Recommended:Apple IIgs ROM 01/3 with 4 MB RAM, accelerator card, hard drive, System 6.0.1


.PO/.2MG Hard Drive image (5.3MB)

.PO/.2MG Floppy Disks (7 x 800 KB)

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