• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
Buy On
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    A camera system that hates you dominates throughout. [Jan 2003, p.194]
  2. Sadly, the latest incarnation of that landmark effort doesn't have the personality, lush animation or blisteringly fast pace that made the original such a hit. What it does have is...not much.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Stumbles in its own execution. The most heinous act? The herky-jerky camera angles that will have you reaching for a Dramamine. [17 Jan 2003, p.87]
  4. It adheres to dated, formulaic gameplay far too much and is over quickly. But I grew up on this game, and if you did too, you will likely have some fun with this as a rental.
  5. An exceptionally generic platformer shaped around quick trial and error design and limp enemies, and built around a tired looking cel-shaded engine that does little justice to the visuals of the arcade original.
  6. 20
    A terrible game... It may not be the worst game of the year, but it is the most disappointing.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DavidG
    Dec 10, 2009
    If you like fast split-action instant-fire games, this is not for you. If you like "thinking" games, like Myst, this might be more up your If you like fast split-action instant-fire games, this is not for you. If you like "thinking" games, like Myst, this might be more up your alley. Dragon's Lair 3D is like a slower version of the original Dragon's Lair. Instead of becoming a game of quick reactions, it's a game where you can roam and explore and think about what you're going to do before you get knee-deep in the hoopla. Don't get me wrong... there is plenty of action and speed skills you'll have to master in this game, but you'll also have to be a good thinker if you're going to win this adventure. The original animated (laserdisc) arcade version of Dragon's Lair made some waves and captured the hearts of many quarter-toting teens. Dragon's Lair 3D, although not really breaking any new technology boundaries, provides what Dragon's Lair fans have always wanted -- a way to actually explore Dirk's surroundings, not just react to them. Aside from the original laserdisc arcade game, I would say this is the next best addition to the Dragon's Lair franchise (because they have released some stinkers in the past -- mostly ports of the original). It's not for everyone, though -- if you want non-stop, non-thinking kill-them-now action this game is not for you. If you want to challenge your mind as well as partake in action sequences this game may be what you're looking for. Full Review »