is a word guessing game with Middle Eastern themes, two modes and one mini-game.
In the Genie's Quest
mode, the objective is to guess a word based on clues, to fill a jar at the right side of the screen within a time limit. The word letters are hidden as a series of lines and, as in hangman and other spelling games, the player has to select one letter to make a guess. Letters can be input with the keyboard, or with the mouse by clicking the alphabet on the screen.
Each correct guess gives points, and words successfully completed slowly fill the jar, that has a mark showing the required amount to finish the level. Wrong guesses remove one of several jewels at the bottom-right, acting as an energy meter. When all the gems are gone the game is over and the level has to be restarted. Several correct guesses in a row give combo points, and discovering the word before the genie flies across the screen in his magic carpet gives bonus points. Filling the jar completely past the required mark awards an expert score, and a star at the end of the level.
Some of the word spaces have power-ups, that can be collected by guessing the correct letter. The power-ups are stored and activated by three buttons at the bottom. The first one reveals all vowels, the second shows one letter and the third crosses out five incorrect letters from the alphabet.
The 1001 Nights
mode is similar to the previous one, but instead of filling jars, the goal is to solve as many words as possible before time runs out, with the timer shown as moon phases. Both modes share the Sultan's Challenge
, a mini-game that appears between levels where the objective is to unscramble several words, to gather as many points as possible within the allotted time. This puzzle can be played as a separate game, accessed directly from the main menu.
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This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Macs Black (77863)
on Apr 27, 2009.