unnamed (18)

If you couldn't get enough of Dirk and Daphne from the original Dragon's Lair, they're back in the arcade sequel. Dragon's Lair 2 was originally released back in 1991 on arcade laserdisc machines, enabling the beautiful 2D art from master animator Don Bluth to shine through. Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp is five dollars on the Play Store (the same price as the original) and is compatible with Android 1.5 and up.

The story in DL2 has shifted slightly - the protagonist's "Happily Ever After" doesn't last long, as Daphne is kidnapped by a time-hopping wizard. Dirk trades his trusty steed for a rusty time machine and gives chase, fighting off Bluth's typically zany monsters and dying many, many, many times. The animation is as good as it's ever been, and with high definition resolution, it might look even better than when you played it two decades ago.

unnamed (15) unnamed (16) unnamed (17)

unnamed (18) unnamed (20) unnamed (21)

The sequel uses the same extremely simple Simon Says-style gameplay as the original, which isn't everyone's cup of tea, so pass this one up if you're looking for action. But if you want what's essentially a playable cartoon with some great nostalgia value, give it a shot. The game has Xperia Play support, though those without physical controls should be able to play through just fine. Looking for something similar? Try Space Ace, from the same classic production team.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Franco Rossel

    Android 1.5? That's more nostalginc than the game itself.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I remember wasting a couple bucks on this game in the arcade. Didn't know what I was doing, and couldn't time it right so I just died right away and flushed the 4 (or was it 8?) quarters down the drain.

  • Jesse Vitrone

    The devs wasted a change to make this so much better on mobile. You spend the whole watching the arrows and making sure your finger is in the right place to hit it, and miss the whole story. Would be so much better if the edge of the screen lit up, and you swipe anywhere on the screen in that direction.

    • Ordnassela

      ehm... you're talking about digital leisure, inc. here.. I don't know how they got the franchise in first place but they've been milking this game waaay too much with no effort whatsoever.

  • Don Bluth

    Has there ever been a franchise that has been milked more than Dragon's Lair and Space Ace? It has been on every thing with a screen for almost 30 years. I'll buy it anyway.. damn..