I've been working on completing the arcade version of Dragon's Lair in my spare time over the last few weeks and I'm stuck on the Mud Men scene. Despite reading two or three walkthroughs that I've found on the internet, I simply can't get past the second move.

The walkthroughs generally suggest hitting SWORD when the Mud Men first appear and then pressing UP after Dirk sheaths his sword. The idea is that you should start hitting periodic UPs while they chase you to the end of the screen, but only moving once Dirk has a slight pause.

I've tried this several times and I simply can't get the first UP to work. Sword works, it bounces off the men, and then Dirk sheaths his sword. Hitting UP before he puts it away, while he's putting it away, or after he's done simply fails and I get pulled into the goop. Apparently the machine I'm playing has the difficulty set to EASY.

Walkthoughs referenced:

http://www.dragons-lair-project.com/games/related/walkthru/lair/easy.asp http://www.ign.com/wikis/dragons-lair/Walkthrough

Any help on what I'm missing here?

  • Might help to link these videos you're looking at.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 16:50
  • Here's a video: youtube.com/watch?v=ig2C0wfrmzA. I haven't played the game either, but it looks like perhaps the UP is to avoid the bubbling liquid, in which case maybe you need to wait longer before pressing it? When does failure occur if you don't press it?
    – DCShannon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 17:31
  • @DCShannon, yeah.. I've seen that video, but unfortunately without the "Bimp!" sound of the correct move you can't tell WHEN the move was made. The failure occurs before the overhead view if you don't press anything.
    – bjb
    Jun 28, 2016 at 19:48
  • @bjb So, when it switches scenes at 0:48, then? It sounds like you're going to need insight from someone who has actually succeeded doing this. Considering how we just created the game's tag for this question, that may or may not happen. Good luck.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:24

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As I had the same problem: you try to escape from the mudmen so press UP when they appear on the screen. Most of the time this is as soon as the camera angle changes.

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