Arabian is a rarity for Atari's arcade efforts -- a climber/platform game -- in which players lead a wanna-be Arabian Knight through various locales kicking monsters and birds out of the way before they touch him and cost the player a life. The action begins aboard a ship at sea, and later to an island and then a castle. Urns with letters on them are peppered around the screen and must be touched in the correct order to spell "ARABIAN" for bonus points -- but beware of a huge genie that occasionally pops out of an urn to grab any adventurers within his grasp. The player's man can scale ladders and ropes, hang overhead from horizontal ropes, and hop from flying carpet to flying carpet (similar to Frogger's river logs) to navigate each level.
Not entirely original, Arabian is nonetheless fun -- and, thanks to the genie, very hard to beat. Some models hit the arcades with a unique backlit marquee whose dark areas were actually covered in black velvet to further suggest the game's exotic setting. For those wondering what the music playing in the background is, it too has a fitting connection to The Thousand and One Arabian Knights: Rimsky-Korsakov's popular classical piece "Scheherazade," based on some of those tales, plays throughout the action. ~ Earl Green, All Game Guide