DRAGON'S LAIR ENHANCEMENT ROM SET VERSION 2.1 - 1 January 2005
Created by Dave Hallock
with Jeff Kulczycki
The original Dragon's Lair arcade game (Cinematronics 1983) plays a lot more randomly than the animators intended. The scenes were meant to be shuffled around, but not as much as they ultimately were. They were planned to remain in sections. These new ROMs restore the design of the story by playing all the castle scenes first, followed by the cavernous scenes. See the corroboration written in the many "pay-as-you-go" messages stored on the laserdisc and in the instructions that were written on the prototype control panel before the animation was finished.
When you play DLE with the pay-as-you-go setting turned on, you will see these messages dividing the scenes into sections correctly.
These ROMs also optionally make playable the prototype animation newly recorded at the end of the Dragon's Lair Limited Edition Laserdisc that was pressed in 2002. This new disc is not required for the standard game settings. The previous enhancements from the 1.x series of the ROM are also included.
*also in the previous DLE 1.x series
DIP SWITCH SETTINGS
View the DLE 2.1 DIP switch settings chart.
DLE 2.1 replaced DLE 2.0 by compressing the software to fit onto 3 EPROMs instead of 4, and by allowing the diagnostics ROM check to pass if other game EPROMs remain in the unused sockets, and by correcting a bug with one of the death scenes.
The 2.x series of DLE resequences the game to keep similarly-themed scenes in sections. Reversible scenes only need to be completed once during one game. The DLE 2.x scene sequencing chart provides a thorough explanation.
The 2.x prototype mode plays over eight minutes of cutting room floor animation that was added to the limited edition laserdisc, with the original experimental design concepts of multiple branching and the "ACTION" button that were present in the prototype Dragon's Lair arcade game.
(The original Dragon's Lair laserdisc works with the standard game mode. The limited edition disc is not required.)
DLE 2.0 succeeded the 1.x series.
DLE 2.1 is a 3 EPROM set that works with any working Cinematronics Dragon's Lair game using any laserdisc player or video source.
Dragon's Lair uses type 2764 or 27C64 EPROMs or compatible, rated 250ns or faster (2764-25).
EPROMs rated slower, such as 300ns and higher (2764-30), have been reported incompatible.*
National Semiconductor brand EPROMs have been reported incompatible.*
*(These are original hardware incompatibilities, not specific to this ROM.)
The download contains readme21.txt. This complete text file, or a printout of it, MUST accompany all distribution of DLE.
These ROMs are EXTREMELY DIFFERENT and this information is essential, with new DIP switch settings and a guide for the prototype mode, among other things.
Keep it together with the ROM files. Keep a printout with your game cabinet, including through any change of ownership. Please don't leave new owners clueless. Thank you!
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