In an unexpected turn of events, I received the announcement that the official website for the DS version of Dragon’s Lair has been launched today.
Yup, I had to do a double-take as well. But apparently, it’s coming. The Blu-Ray version was quite a success – it was the first title to fully show off the capabilities of Blu-Ray Java. But are people really clamoring for a portable version of a game that has about 20 minutes of play time?
Here are some DS-specific features mentioned in the PR:
- Dual Screen (book-style) full-screen action
- Single Screen (top-down) full-screen action
- D-Pad & Touch screen support (in both Dual Screen & Single Screen modes)
- Voice Recognition
- Rumble Pak Support
- Arcade & Home modes: This feature allows you to switch between the Arcade and Home versions of the game (Arcade default). The differences between the two are that the latter includes the additional sequences that were not in the original Arcade game.
- Game Statistics: Displays your lives and overall score
- Lives: Choose between unlimited, standard 5 lives or sudden death single life mode
- Difficulty: Easy or Hard. The Hard option complicates things by adding additional moves in certain sequences and mixes up the scenes for less linear stage progression. Timing of moves is also affected – achieve higher scores
- Visual Move Guide On/Off: Toggle this option on to bring up a visual clue that shows whether you entered the right move or not. A red circle means you entered the wrong move or your timing is off, a green one lets you know you did it right.
- Watch mode (learning mode – video mode): All game scenes without deaths – all game scenes with deaths scenes, in addition to an option where the player can choose to watch a specific scene
Basically the game will play like the Blu-Ray version we reviewed, and the upcoming HD-DVD version. Touch screen controls have the potential to make things a bit more interesting however. One thing is for sure; Digital Leisure is doing their best to get Dragon’s Lair on the list of most whored-out video game franchises!