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This game from 1987 is based on the adventures of the French comic book character Iznogoud. You are in the role of the Grand Vizier Iznogoud, whose only thought is to depose the Caliph of magical Baghdad and become "Caliph instead of the Caliph!" To accomplish this aim, you must wander around and interact with characters around you, acquiring objects along the way that may or may not be useful, and figure out how all this will help you achieve your goal.

During the game, you have 4 different methods of interacting with other characters: you can give objects to them, you can threaten them, you can flatter them, and you can throw a tantrum. Depending on the character, these actions will elicit different responses--or none altogether. You will need objects for various things, and objects are all acquired from other characters. Some characters are helpful, others are not. But the right combination of your actions will help you to become Caliph instead of the Caliph, while the wrong ones will often land you in a cell beneath the palace. Just be careful not to lose your own head in the process!


Iznogoud Amstrad CPC Title screen
Iznogoud Atari ST Iznogoud start screen: note characters running around at bottom!
Iznogoud Commodore 64 Iznogoud title screen, oddly titled 'The Grand Vizir' in the C64 version.
Iznogoud DOS Iznogoud game screen

Alternate Titles

  • "The Grand Vizir" -- C64 Title Screen title
  • "Isnogud" -- German title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1987 7.2 out of 12 60
Power Play Atari ST May, 1988 2.5 out of 10 25


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Jean Tabary, listed as "original author" in the credits for this game, is the creator and illustrator of the popular "Iznogoud" comics (published by Dargaud). Many of the stories were written by the famous Rene Goscinny (Asterix, Lucky Luke - if none of this rings a bell, you're probably not from the European Union).
Contributed to by Rola (7417), NGC 5194 (17312) and SKot K (107)