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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dragon's Lair - Atari ST [006] PlayThru AutoPlay

Title Screen
Think of this capture as a movie, it (and the other five ReadySoft titles) were all run from a hard disk installation to avoid the disk swapping nightmare on the ST for these titles.

The Atari ST adaption of Dragon's Lair is by no means complete, but if you add the sequel game in, Dragon's Lair - Escape from Singe's Castle, it comes much closer. I may try to edit the two titles together into one video in the order of the arcade release at a later date. The playthru of Dragon's Lair - Escape from Singe's Castle has already been recorded and will be posted soon.

While I never played Dragon's Lair in the arcade, I played it much later on the Sega CD and the ST release. I definitely remember when the game was released. My parents had a membership at a large fitness club, which had an arcade next to the restaurant.  Standing just outside of the room, you could distinctly hear the attract mode for Dragon's Lair.

I have never really been a fan of this type of a game. While the art is well done, and the ST effort is decent, the game is way too short, and was definitely a drag with the floppy loading and disk swapping.  Perfect gameplay takes about 6 minutes from a hard disk, but it takes probably closer to 12 to 15 minutes if playing from floppies.

Box Front
Nice to check out, but a more modern release would be highly advised if interested in Dragon's Lair at all.

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Oddly enough, there does exist software, and a parallel port interface cable, to allow the ST (and also the Amiga) to act as a controller to certain Pioneer LD players, which would replace the arcade board and allow a person with the Dragon's Lair LaserDisc to play the arcade game at home.  I believe there is also software for Thayer's Quest, and possibly Space Ace as well; more was planned, but never released.

Capture info -

This gameplay was captured on March 25, 2018.

Arcade Poster
Game was played on an Atari 1040 STf, TOS 1.4, 1MB, equipped with a CosmosEX from Jookie.
A Best Electronics ST Monitor to VGA cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.

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