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Bearing only a passing resemblance to the original Don Quixote, this was a laserdisc game released in 1984 in the vein of Dragon's Lair (the player uses a joystick to tell the character when and which way to move and a button to attack in accordance with the animation).

The player controls Don, a knight out to save his lover from a wicked witch. On the way he has to contend with bats, mummies, giant snakes, a flying totem pole, the legion of the undead, a flash flood, flying jellyfish and a ferocious dragon. Oh, and also the hands that appear out of the graves, bugs, aliens, serpents and booby traps in the witch's residence.


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Super Don Quixote contains examples of the following:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Don's a lot younger and more handsome here than he was in the book.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Don Quixote of the book was a delusional Hidalgo. This Don Quixote is a full-fledged warrior who defeats huge numbers of enemies.
  • Age Lift: Quixote seems a good deal younger here than he was in the book.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Rather than an insane old coot, this Don Quixote is a young knight who's more or less competent and slays numerous monsters over the course of the game. Aside from Sancho about the only thing it has in common with the original is a scene at a windmill where Don is attacked by an actual giant this time. invoked Also, it seems that the 'Don' in the name of this game's protagonist must be interpreted as a name, not as a title.
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  • Big Bad: The Witch, who had Isabela kidnapped and threatens to boil her alive.
  • Captain Ersatz: The Witch looks a lot like Maleficent, naturally. And has the same alignment!
  • Damsel in Distress: The whole point of the game is to save Isabella from the witch's captivity.
  • Excuse Plot: An evil witch kidnaps the protagonist's girlfriend while the protagonist himself fights his way to the villainess's castle. Nuff said.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Near the end of the rapids sequence.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Quixote is a genuine one in this game, as opposed to merely thinking he's one.
  • Magic Countdown: The final sequence has Isabella being slowly lowed into a cauldron of boiling liquid by one of the witch's death traps. However, at several points, she's clearly higher than she was in a previous shot.
  • The Many Deaths of You: In the good tradition of Dragon's Lair.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The princess, who shows a lot of cleavage in the final stage.
  • Mummy: Don fights one in Egypt.
  • No Sense of Direction: Don's search for the witch's lair takes him to a place where he fights American Indians, to what appear to be South American ruins, to Egypt...
  • Obviously Evil: The witch is a scythe-wielding Maleficent look-alike.
  • Panty Shot: Shown when Isabelle is trying to avoid touching the boiling liquid.
  • Press X to Not Die
  • Scoring Points: After the extra life given in the first 100,000 points, points are now worth for high scores.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sancho and the mule run away from the action at the beginning in most scenes.
  • Sinister Scythe: The witch wields one against Quixote.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: One scene in the castle has Don trapped in a room that has closing walls.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Sancho and the mule are not seen again after the windmill scene.
  • Wicked Witch: The Big Bad is one.


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