Dragon's Lair DS features two modes of play; 1983 Arcade mode and Director's Cut.

The 1983 version plays just like the original arcade released in 1983. This mode satisfies the hardcore gamer who wishes to re-live the first ever handheld version of Dragon's Lair, that is 100% true to the original and has all scenes, all death scenes, and all the quirks and oddities found in that version.

The Director's Cut is aimed mostly at players who have never experienced the game before, Dragon's Lair plays somewhat differently in a very unique way; and in director's Cut there is also full support for Rumble Pak, Stylus Support, Voice Recognition.