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Friday, November 1, 2002

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Dragon's Lair 3D Preview
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The folks over at GameSpy recently got a chance to take a look at DragonStone's upcoming 3D action game, Dragon's Lair 3D. Dragon's Lair 3D is a remake of the old 2D arcade game Dragon's Lair, which featured animation from the legendary Don Bluth. Even though the game had rather simplistic gameplay, it was an instant classic, and it has been remade in many forms over the years. Don Bluth makes his return in Dragon's Lair 3D, as the characters in the new game are animated by him.

Here's a preview of the article:

In the original game, all Dirk could do was move in the four cardinal directions and press an "action" button that would swing his sword, move a lever, etc., depending on the situation. Now, in his quest to save Daphne, Dirk has many moves, including strafing, somersaults, jumping, rolling, sneaking, and rope-swinging just like Pitfall Harry. His weapons have also been given an overhaul. While the sword is still his main weapon, he also has arrows of varying usefulness (think of the arrows from Thief) as well as the ability to upgrade the weapons performance with special moves. There's even something of a mana bar, familiar to anyone that's ever played most of the modern RPGs.

True to the action-adventure genre, there are now items to collect and secret areas to discover. Gold is scattered throughout Singe the Dragon's castle, barrels can be broken to find new items (such as health and mana gems), and potions can be carried to give you that extra burst of health when you really need it. While busting open every barrel to collect every last item isn't necessary, it does add a certain amount of intrigue to an otherwise straightforward gaming experience. Things like, "How do I get to that chalice?" and, "I wonder what's through those other doors?" were never options in the original.

Ubi Soft will be publishing the game for multiple platforms, including the Mac. You can read the full article by following the link below. Stay tuned to IMG for more info on Dragon's Lair 3D as the game nears release.

Dragon's Lair 3D Preview on Gamespy
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