The Top 7... Least interactive games

1. Dragon's Lair

The game: Animation maven Don Bluth's foray into gaming made a big splash in arcades: to say the graphics were unparalleled was an understatement. Here, take a look at Dragon's Lair's graphics next to one of its contemporaries:

Above: You can see why we wanted to like it 

What could you do? Press a button or joystick direction every ten to twenty seconds, triggering an action or failure on the part of lead character Dirk the Daring. The game didn't even work very hard to make your actions correspond to anything onscreen: it was just watch, watch, watch, arbitrary joystick jab, rinse and repeat.

What did the game do for you? Dirk the Daring was one of the most versatile heroes in all of gaming. He swung a sword, leapt yawning chasms, rode a magic horse, fought a dragon, swung from flaming chandeliers, and closed with one of vintage gaming's most beautiful princesses! And we know this because the game did every last bit of it, as long as you occasionally jabbed at the controls to show that you hadn't walked off to get popcorn.

Seriously, this is less interactive than... Operating a DVD menu. This can be easily proven by playing the anniversary edition of Dragon's Lair, which was released for the world's most popular – and underutilized! - gaming console.

Above: Don't hold your breath for a Modern Warfare 2 conversion 

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  • miasma - March 18, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    I remember Microcosm, these games suck.
  • DagDabreemie - March 17, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    If you all thought those 'least interactive' games were bad, then what about Star Trek: BORG ? Especially if you got one of the first copies that wouldn't play and needed the patch from Simon & Schuster.
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - March 16, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    For some reason I expected a joke about Sonic games playing themselves (the new ones of course, not the old ones). Incidentally, I picked up Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the master system for 50p today. I already had it, but now I have the case.
  • FoxdenRacing - March 16, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    I'm disappointed that failed experiment in hologram-tech games didn't make the list..."TimeTraveler", I think it was called. Granted, it was similar enough to Dragon's Lair to be considered a spiritual successor. Watch a FMV, push a couple buttons, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Xeacons - March 16, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    When I bought Indigo Prophecy, everyone said to pick up the Strategy Guide, "You'll need it." So I did; I beat the game, and I still haven't opened the book. Considering how long it took to make the game (6 years) I was expecting more. Dragon's Lair: Just released on DSiWare. Not a 5 star game, but a must have for ANY historian!
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    Dragon's Lair had to be number 1, Indigo Prophecy shouldn't be on the list for the reasons mentioned in the article
  • jmcgrotty - March 16, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    You got a lot of damn nerve adding Dragons Lair to this. That game is legitimately kick-ass. And still being made. I own it on Blu-Ray. (Actually I screwed up my order and own two copies of it.) That being said, does it speak bad to me that I own 4 of the games on this list? Though, I don't like the other 3 I own. But Dragons Lair kicks the Llamas ass.
  • Irishranger - March 16, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    For years I wanted a way to be able to play the old laserdisc arcade version of Dragon's Lair again. Now, the older I get....not so much.
  • ScruffMoney - March 16, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    Holy Snappin' fox crap, I can't believe you didn't put Heavy Rain on the list, but I'm glad you didn't. All the shots the site's been taking at it since it's launch I figured for sure that it would be on here.
  • MetalGearFlaccid - March 16, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    Thank you GamesRadar, for not making an FFXIII joke. There has been too many jabs at the game lately, and I'm glad to see you are better than that.
  • Embolado - March 16, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    There is a warm spart in my heart for Revolution X. The only game where instead of bombs for a special you shot out CDs.
  • OneEyedGoon - March 16, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    If you want to see non-interactive gaming at its horrific worst, check out Plumbers Don't Wear Ties for 3D0. The AVGN has a video review of it, I believe.
  • gatornation1254 - March 15, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Dragon's Lair for the NES means business. It's a bitch to play.
  • mEgAzD - March 15, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    @gilgamesh: the point of the joke was that although a DVD player can play Dragon's Lair, don't expect it to play MW2
  • sofaku - March 15, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    heavy rain?
  • gilgamesh310 - March 15, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    What was that last comment all about "Don't hold your breath for a modern warfare 2 conversion"?
  • JizzyB - March 15, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Indigo Prophecy was a let-down for me. I was psyched after playing the demo but the full game seriously was a giant QTE. I felt like I missed the action because I was looking at the button prompts. The most interactivity I had with it was picking it up and throwing it in the trash!
  • ventanger - March 15, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    I actually bought Indigo Prophecy on XBL, I had to put the controller down once the hero was tormented by giant spectral fleas. Still haven't beaten it. recaptcha: doggone families YEAH! Damn families.
  • bonerachieved - March 15, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    OPERATION WOLF>!>!> holy bawls i havent seen that game in ages.
  • GrrSnort - March 15, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Final Fantasy 12 didn't make this list? Ridiculous. That was the only game I've EVER owned that literally played itself.

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