Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse
A decent game with two near-fatal flaws
Al Qadim is good in quite a few ways. The graphics were excellent for its time. The thing that stands out for me is the sword slash graphic. I also thought the story was excellent. It fit the AD&D mythos quite well. I also liked the abundance of side quests. I felt the action intensive feel of the game made it stand out. However, don't expect Diablo.
There are two major flaws in the game. One is the fact that you can't upgrade your sword or your armor. One of the main reasons RPG's are fun is because you can customize your character. This is not an issue in this game, thus destroying pretty much all replay value the game could have had. The other major flaw is that in towns, it is hard to figure out where everything is. All the buildings look exactly the same, so it's very hard to navigate. This made the quests rather hard when they involved going from house to house. Also, this game is too short. It can be finished very quickly
The Bottom Line
A fun action RPG, but lacking depth due to the inability to customize your character.
by emerging_lurker (160) on September 23rd, 2001