Few games caused as much fuss as Dragon's Lair did when it hit arcades in 1983. You must remeber, gamers back then were only used to sprite based adventures as seen on Atari and Intellivision. All of a sudden we were faced with being immersed in to a living cartoon.
The game was made possible by laser disc and each arcade cabinet could last up to 650 hours play with the bits and pieeces in it. However, such was the game's popularity, it often crashed and would require re-seeting by a grumpy arcade assistant on many occasions.
From what I recall, the gameplay itself was quite random and simplistic, involving pressing buttons seemingly at random and hoping to progress to the next cartoon cut scene. To be honest, this did not really matter, so amazed would one be at the graphical spectacle un-veiling before ones eyes.
The game was ported to various formats, from the Commodore 64 to the Atari Jaguar and although none of the ports vastly improved the gameplay, it was that amazing feeling the user got when first playing the game that most of uis were looking for. Dragon's lair - we salute you....