The goofy, but courageous knight Dirk the Daring is on a quest to save
the pretty princess Daphne. The princess was kidnapped by the evil
dragon Singe and imprisoned in a medieval castle owned by an even more
evil wizard called Mordroc. Now, it's only up to Dirk to use his courage
and his quick reflexes to overcome the traps in the castle, if he wants
to save the princess and his skin.
Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair
can be considered a re-imagining of the 1983 arcade game: gameplay-wise
it deviates from it significantly, being a full-fledged action
platformer with unrestricted character movement. Dirk has to battle
enemies, jump across platforms and hazards, and solve a few puzzles on
his way. Health and mana points can be upgraded over the course of the
game. Dirk can also use a crossbow to combat enemies and solve some of
the puzzles. Collecting Dragon Essences scattered through the castle
grants him new powers.
The game features the familiar
cartoon-like style of the original version (done with cel-shaded
technique), as well as many familiar locations and boss enemies.