Sinbad junior works for the fair and just Caliph as an apprentice gardener tending to his incredibly excessive palace gardens. But Sinband is in love with Caliph's beautiful daughter, the princess Laila, who stands every morning on a balcony above the gardens. But things are getting extremely bad one day, as the evil Vizier, in his dastardly plan to rule the kingdom, has dispatched a demon from his dark castle to kidnap the princess and cast a mighty spell over the kingdom. Laila screams and the demon lifts off clutching the beautiful princess. Sinbad makes a desperate leap to grab the claw of the monster, but is left on the balcony flat on his back. The demon disappears and Sinbad is surrounded by the Caliph's guards and hurled into prison on a charge of sorcery! Sinbad needs to escape the palace dungeons and rescue Laila from the evil Vizier.
The game consists of 10 levels, each with a number of bubbling lava pits, sword-hacking and baggy trousered foes, moving platforms and so forth. There are several puzzles to solve too, which will help you to progress to the next stage. Occasionally Sinbad needs to board a flying carpet, taking him to the clouds in order to bring down hot-air balloons and baddies with balloon or helicopter backpacks (!). There si also an underwater stage as well as a mine-cart race! On searching certain points, a light bulb appears above Sinbad's head, which either reveals a message or indicates a special object must be used.
Bonus rooms can be entered via doors in the scenery by crouching and pressing fire. Acid pools must be avoided, rotating platforms jumped on, and patrolling guards or ghosts (at the haunted pirate ship stage) dispatched with a quick flash of Sinbad's blade.
Arabian Nights it's by no means a masterpiece, but a good action adventure multi-platform game that surely gives the player great fun and lots of puzzles to cope with.
Graphically Arabian Nights it's not quite so impressive, utilizing simple parallax scrolling and sometimes rather sparse backdrops. But sprites have plenty of character, moving fast and smooth on screen. Each screen is filled with up to 64 colors and with a few nicely animated background scenes too. Each stage has its own details and scenery.
Sound is pretty cool, offering a few nicely composed Arabian-style tunes and plenty of sampled SFX that add a lot to the atmosphere.