By day, Sinbad Jnr is a humble apprentice gardener, whose only royal connection is the plants he tends in the palace garden. By night, he's the secret love of the beautiful princess Laila.
But alas, Laila's father (the Caliph) requires a large quantity of green stuff (and I don't mean leaves) to convince him that Junior is the right man to marry his precious daughter. Apprentice gardeners do not earn much, even those who tend the palace greenery.
Meanwhile, in a castle far away, the evil Vizier is plotting his evil plans. One day he intends to rule the kingdom, but first, he wants to marry the princess, and secondly, push the king off some tower in a few years time.
The Vizier has never attended any charm school, so in place of the usual romantic proposal he arranges for a demon to sweep the princess off her feet, and cast a spell over the kingdom so that no-one notices. Cunning eh?
Don't desert me
The demon is caught in the act, though, by the ever vigilant Junior who climbs the walls in search of his lost love. But as he gets there, the demon lifts off with the bride-to-be and leaves Sinbad to face the music with the palace guard who, in a fit of understanding unique to his profession, throws him into the dungeons and leave him to rot.
Here's where you come in. All you've got to do is get out of the dungeon, fight any creature that crosses your path, destroy the evil Vizier and rescue your true love. Simple, non? So strike a heroic pose, let the light glint off your teeth, brandish your sword as though you know what you're doing and get on with it.
Getting out of the dungeon is not as simple as it may seem. There are puzzles to solve, treasure chests to open, currency to collect and nasty enemies to destroy with your mighty sword. Just because you're called Junior doesn't mean you can't hack-and-slash along with the best of them. There is also help at hand in the form of flashing light blubs and friendly citizens who haven't fallen under the spell of the evil Vizier.
The gameplay is an easy mix of platform and puzzle and like most games of this genre, try and pick up anything that isn't nailed down. The puzzles are straightforward if you employ a little lateral thinking, but to progress through the game you'll have to solve them all.
When one needs to be solved, a flashing light blub appears above your head to offer you a clue. Some of the clues are obvious, but as you can't get killed while you read them, waste a little time in the pursuit of knowledge.
Points are found in the form of local currency. In the dungeon these are gems, on other levels they are skulls, fish skeletons and other weird things. Collect as much currency as you can, it may be required for some puzzles.
The current total, along with other items picked up, are shown on the inventory screen, which is accessed by pressing the space-bar. Secret passages are dotted around the levels, which lead to secret rooms filled with treasure.
There are nine levels to complete, but only four of them have end-of-
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The music and sound effects are very catchy. When you hack bits off the scenery, the action is accompanied by a realistic sound effect. The best is on the flying carpet levels, where sheep are either being fired at you or they're entered for the high jump in the next Olympics. The 'startled sheep' bleat should be patented..
Much of the gameplay seems familiar, but as a mixture of different ideas and style this works really well. There is plenty of atmosphere, built up by the music and effects, which make the game pretty addictive.
But at the end of the day, it's a pretty futile quest. I mean, will the beautiful princess really want to marry an ex-prisoner, even if he did save here life?