Splitkick: ’ve tried to play Dragon’s Lair a number of times. I might not have been playing games in the arcade when Dragon’s Lair launched in 1983, but I am old enough to have visited a few as a kid. Even several years past its prime, seeing a Dragon’s Lair cabinet immediately pulled me in with its the hand-drawn animation. Curiosity overcame my reluctance to pay a full dollar for one attempt. Death immediately followed.