Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse

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As the youngest son of a Noble Merchant, an easy life lay before you. But the call of adventure beckoned, and so, you left your home for a life of action and danger. Sea serpents, storms and tattered sails have all proved perilous as the years passed. You've taken ships and defeated fiends, at the side of your instructor, the Master Corsair Sinbar.

But your thoughts always return to Kara, the Caliph's beautiful daughter. It is for her you devote your skill and honors. And it will be her hand in marriage that will be your reward for attaining your goal of becoming a Corsair. Your adventure begins now, on the hidden isle where Sinbar tests his pupils.

Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse is an action role-playing game set in the Al-Qadim campaign of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons pen-and-paper RPG. The gameplay alternates between visiting friendly areas, where the hero can talk to characters (including choices of dialogue lines and moral behavior), and exploring dungeons, where enemies must be fought in action-based combat. The hero can use melee weapons, a slingshot for ranged attacks, or cast magic spells. Experience points are awarded for defeating enemies; the player can raise the statistics of the protagonist should he gain a level. Acquiring special items and training may also permanently increase certain attack parameters.


Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse DOS Caliph's palace.
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse DOS green flames comitee
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse DOS title
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse DOS A nice fountain.

Alternate Titles

  • "Al Quadim: Der Fluch des Dschinn" -- German title

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A decent game with two near-fatal flaws DOS emerging_lurker (136)
A cool single-player RPG DOS willyum (973)

Critic Reviews

High Score DOS Sep, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Aug 12, 1994 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Aug, 1994 10 out of 12 83
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jul, 1994 78 out of 100 78
PC Gamer DOS Jul, 1994 76 out of 100 76
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jul, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Aug, 1994 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Cover art

The game box's cover features a painting by artist Jeff Easley, earlier used as the front cover to Jeff Grubb's 1992 "Arabian Adventures" RPG sourcebook.
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