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Game Giveaway of the day — 1001 Nights: The Adventures of Sindbad

Find the seven gems of the royal crown and set the princess free!
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User rating: 26 (90%) 3 (10%) 19 comments

1001 Nights: The Adventures of Sindbad was available as a giveaway on June 19, 2022!

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Help the lovely Princess Chalida locate the seven gems of her royal crown and break the curse that has trapped her in a body of wood! Find Hidden Objects, identify specific spots in each scene, and overcome powerful guardians as you seek out the precious stones. Along the way you'll have to solve dozens of clever riddles and beat eight challenging minigames!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 800 Mhz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 8.1; Hard Drive: 44 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5394/1001-nights-the-adventures-of-sindbad/

File Size:

37.4 MB

Price:

$9.99

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#1

Happy Birthday to one of our regular community members Ila in Maine, hope you have a fantastic day :)
The following is just an edited version of my last comment when this was given away in 2020.
1001 Nights: The Adventures of Sindbad:
In Brief:
A Hidden Object game from 2009.

Because todays game is quite old you may find black side panels to fill the gaps that this game can't fill because of it's native resolution, that was designed for older monitors.

This was given away on February 11, 2018 where it received a positive 72% from 47 votes with 61 comments which you can see HERE
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You can see a few videos of game play [Spoiler Alert] HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

You can also see a written walkthrough of the game HERE. There are some BFG forum information about todays game as well, but the site is down for maintenance at the moment.
The Game:
While not one of the better hidden-object games (HOGs) to debut in 2009, Alawar’s 1001 Nights: The Adventures Of Sindbad is a decent adventure for younger players or those new to the HOG genre. Seasoned players, however, might find this digital download simply too easy.


The fictitious story surrounds Sindbad the Sailor, his amazing adventures and how he met (and saved) his true love. Inspired by the adventures penned in 1001 Arabian Nights, this enjoyable tale includes many wild locations, monsters and supernatural foes. In the game, you must help Princess Chalida locate the seven gems of her royal crown in order to break an ancient curse that has trapped her in a wooden body.
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Fans of HOGs will immediately pick up on the game mechanics: players will see a busy scene and a number of objects to find it in it. Listed at the bottom of the screen will be words — such as "goblet," "13," "squirrel" or "3 carrots" — and when you’ve found the objects in the environment you must click on them to make them disappear. There is no timer in this game, nor is there a penalty for clicking incorrectly too many times. If you need a hint, you can click to see where an item is hiding, but you’ll need to wait two or three minutes before using it again.


But there are a few main problems with 1001 Nights when it comes to the HOG component. For one, the objects are just too easy to find. In fact, I’ve found you don’t even need to look at the bottom of the screen for the list of objects as there aren’t many to begin with, plus they usually stand out in some way (i.e. more colourful than the background) and there is no penalty for clicking incorrectly. I can clear about 75 percent of the objects without even looking at one word. Not good.


Secondly, to give players a hint, random objects you need to find in the scene glisten for a moment — and there’s no way to turn that off in the Options menu. Third, a small beef of mine with some HOGs is when the items have nothing to do with the locations, and 1001 Nights is no exception — so expect to look for a clothespin in a shipyard, a digital camera in the desert and a kettle underwater.
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Some of the twists on the classic HOG formula are more enjoyable, though, such as using your mouse like a flashlight, placing colourful gems back into the scene in order to create a magical effect or solving riddles instead of reading the name of the object. An example of the latter include "It gives light and warmth but you can’t look at it" (the sun) or "It has eight appendages but it’s not a spider" (a lobster).
The eight different kinds of mini-games are also somewhat enjoyable, such as a jigsaw puzzle, "traffic jam"-style sliding puzzle, match insects to its silhouette, and so on. But they’re far too easy and you can skip these, too.
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1001 Nights isn’t a complete mess — in fact, I enjoyed the Arabic music, storyline and nearly 30 locations — but when it comes to the gameplay (the most important thing) this is merely an average diversion. Perhaps if the game was more challenging and if the developer threw in a few unique touches it would be easier to justify the purchase, but as it stands now it’s only ideal for younger or novice gamers looking for a simple HOG to sink their mouse into.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Marc Saltzman on Jan 4, 2010. Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 11th February 2018.
Conclusion:
As I've mentioned countless times, Hidden Object games are not one of my favourite genres; I can tolerate them for short gameplay sessions, but I became jaded with them way back when we played them with the kids when they were young (more kiddie friendly versions of course). There are some series I do like; especially if they have a decent story and lots of original mini games (not the sliding puzzle, pairs, connect the dots or jigsaw like mini games)

The game has a decent story and fun characters, with lots of locations to visit (around 30). The Arabic music is pleasant and the graphics are good; especially considering this is now 13 years old. There’s no timer, which is a plus for me. The down side is that it's too easy to find items due in part to the glistening effect that shows you where to find them (there is a slight pause to give you a chance to find them without help), plus of course there's a rechargeable hint button that can be used as well.. It's a straightforward adventure HOG based on a story we all know.


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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Whiterabbit-uk,

You'll find regularly updated details of all the reasonable game deals and freebies that I can find HERE . I update the thread every few days (unless I'm really busy).

Today is the last chance to grab one of the latest freebies from Steam i.e. the excellent Massive Multiplayer Online ARK: Survival Evolved (includes a single player mode) together with seven of it's DLC's (these are not skins but actual add-ons that include six additional maps and a total conversion DLC). Grab it It ends later today. Brief explanation of the game - You are stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, and must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape! .

Also free via Steam until the 22nd June is Capcom Arcade Stadium and Capcom Arcade Stadium:STREET FIGHTER II - The World Warrior HERE. With your download you also get to relive the Capcom classics! Get 1943 -The Battle of Midway- and game logo wallpapers free!

The latest game giveaway via GOG is Beautiful Desolation and another game will be given on the 20th June, with possibly more to come, so keep checking the page I've linked to HERE. Also free via GOG is the Unity version of the second in the series Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (always free) HERE (the Elder Scrolls is one of my favourite RPG franchises; having followed the series since the first release back in the early 90's. (My favourite is Morrowind, followed by Oblivion. The Online version is great but a bit of a cash cow as you have loads of DLC's to add to the game, which can become super expensive; however, if you have all or most of the DLC, you can explore virtually the whole of Tamriel, that covers all the previous games and more; and is massive. )

The latest free Epic game Supraland is now live, with A Game of Thrones Board Game and Car Mechanic 2018 free from next Thursday 23rd June (the same day the steam summer sale starts)


Thank you to Delenn and Jason for the heads-up on some of the above freebies.

p.s. Jason mentioned an old game released in 1982 called Moon patrol, that was similar to a game we were given on Friday. I found a remake of it on itch.io that I recommend you check out. There's actually two remakes, both of which were created using the Unreal Engine; however this version of Moon Patrol is free HERE.

Also quoted from a previous camment I made yesterday:

Beginning June 21st, ahead of Prime Day, Amazon will make more than 25 games available to claim for free, including Metal Slug 2 and two King of Fighters titles. During the actual Prime Day event, which takes place July 12th and 13th, Amazon will offer some bigger titles. However, ou do need to be a Prime subscriber to get these game for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Well a very happy birthday to you Ila! May you have a great day and many, many more birthdays.

"don’t even need to look at the bottom of the screen"

Ha! I've done that with a lot of the older games until they start making better HOGAs. For a year or two I quit playing them altogether as they were just boring. I do like the newer ones with a story although some of them the stories aren't very good. Hogs still remain one of my favorite type of game along with nonograms and match 3 when I want something quick.

Also a fan of old fashion point and click adventure games which are not that easy to find.

As for this particular game, I played it years ago and have no desire to revisit the experience.

Hope you have a good day!

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#10

Another Toomky game that has Windows XP as a supported OS, which makes sense for such an old game, but when installed throws up the "Not a valid Win32 application" error, which of course doesn't make sense... Fortunately I know the "trick" to getting around this and getting the game to run, but there may be others that don't...

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Min,
What is the trick?

Reply   |   Comment by jackie  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

jackie, sorry, I've been advised previously that I can't publicly post the solution, but if you email me at my hotmail address minmin_au I can let you know how to get the game running on XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

At first I thought the game was too easy, but later on there are harder scenes. I could do without the highlighting of objects, but I like the game. I usually hate the stories, but this was interesting. Glad I got it installed. Than you Toomky Games and thank you GOTD and WR.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#8

It's a good game. Nice graphics. Quite some different in-game puzzles.
The only drawback I find is that the things you need to search are sometimes really small.

Reply   |   Comment by Merlin  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#7

Happy Birthday, Ila! And many more.... Huggles

I may have to get this one just 'cause it's got Sindbad in it..

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

delenn13,

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#6

Surprised at the two thumbs down. This is an awesome game.

Reply   |   Comment by Nan  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#5

I don't have Facebook so have to use my email account to get the download link. It's been maybe half an hour but I have not received the link. I tried again, but am told the link has already been sent. Too bad.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

kalmly, all email services incorporate spam blocking, and unfortunately all of those blockers can error. Besides my regular email account I've set up free email addresses with Gmail & Outlook just for this problem -- both seem to work pretty good with GOTD emails, and emails with keys when required by the GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

kalmly, check your spam folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Dobromilka  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike, Thanks for trying to help. I used a different browser and was able to get the game downloaded and installed.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

Todays game unzips to 40.8 mb when the program has finished installing which would be perfect to get your hidden object game on the go if you have one of those laptops with limited storage. It could easily be installed to a Micro SD card inserted into your laptop.

That being said, this game is simplistic but I actually struggled on the first scene with the boat searching for objects. Especially where I had to find the missing pieces of a couple objects that took about 10 minutes. I've noticed if you're struggling in a level and you stare at the screen long enough it will give you a hint on where it's at.

I did not notice any timer for the scenes I played so that's a good thing. The animation in the cut scenes is pretty basic but then again we have a 40mb hidden object game. Game mentions holding down a button to skip through them quickly.

I'm not saying this is a bad game it's just that for some people the small sizes of the objects unless you have a bigger screen could be a problem and the hints that the game gives in game could ruin your experience all together.

It's worth a play but you my find yourself engaged in different HO games. Not one of the best that Alawar has but nonetheless good enough for beginners to the HO genre.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

"... which would be perfect to get your hidden object game on the go if you have one of those laptops with limited storage. It could easily be installed to a Micro SD card inserted into your laptop."

FWIW, if you want to use a micro SD card with a PC, laptop, tablet etc., look for one that says AV 2 on the label.

mymemory.co.uk/blog/a1-vs-a2-sandisk-microsd-card-whats-the-difference/

Also FWIW, you can use a 2.5" notebook HDD in an external case [$5-$10 on sale] to store all your GOTD games. It's a bit more hassle, but you don't have to choose which ones you want on a micro SD card, USB stick etc., and it can take less time copying the games to an external HDD vs. a card or USB stick.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#3

Gee, if the game's too easy for Rabbit, maybe I can do it! (Yeah, I'm not very good at HOGs.) The graphics look good... We shall see. Thanks, all!

Reply   |   Comment by Delilah  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

Ooh, a HOG I don't recall playing: nice! Thanks to ToomkyGames and GGOTD for this one.

Minor additions to whiterabbit's description: it looks from the screenshots like there is a 'find the difference' minigame; also it looks like there is a least one 'find all the bits to make something' scene (my least favourite HOG scene type, but tolerable as an occasional "ugh!" in the context of an otherwise enjoyable HOG).

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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