There have been many Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) games, but I’ve only played a couple of them, like the Baldur’s Gate series, as they’re text-heavy and the playtime often exceeded what I wanted to put into a game (if it isn’t GTA or Assassin’s Creed). But Cyberlore Studios’ Al-Qadim: The Genie’s Curse was different and is now finally available on GOG.
I remember this title so fondly, because it was one of the few D&D action-RPGs, so it was more intuitive to play, and it was set in an Arabian Nights world. The story about a sultan’s son who has to defeat genies was also quite compelling, so it played more like an action-adventure with intriguing puzzles.
The title still looks great today, and the soundtrack is also quite excellent, while the battle system isn’t overcomplicated. Purists of the roleplaying games of old might not be so happy about this sometimes frantic slaying of enemies, but it remains a classic title that was unique in its setting and therefore breathed fresh air into the somewhat stale high fantasy genre.
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