New Sinbad 7
I have always been a fan of Sinbad and his tales. From the wonderful Seventh Voyage of Sinbad movie to the Popeye Meets Sinbad the Sailor cartoon, I have always been fascinated with his exploits. But there never has been many games based on these great adventures. Cinemaware did a version back in the 1980's that was decent. So when I saw this title on MAME, I had to give it a try. Did they do Sinbad justice? Was this game as good as the tales it is based on?
New Sinbad 7 is one of the many games that came out in the 1980's that tried to capitalize on the popularity of maze games. It is essentially a one screen version of Tutankham but without the charm. The first thing you will notice is that Sinbad looks like a Sea Turtle. He looks like he is swimming around the maze. As you move around, you shoot at creatures that shoot back. A nice feature is that you can shoot their shots, which helps out as you are outnumbered. But they can shoot your shots as well, so things can get frustrating. But you do shoot faster, so you will win most gunfights. Being Sinbad, it probably is not gunfights, instead it is probably arrows or knives or magic. Whatever it is, you will need to use some skill.
The maze is somewhat set up like the Tank level on Tron. You have to move around and avoid the bad guys, while trying to take them out. One thing to keep in mind is you have limited energy and it slowly drains. I guess Sinbad should have packed some energy bars to help, but since they have not been invented yet, you better hurry. The goal of the game is to shoot enough enemies to clear a path to the temple in the picture in the middle. Each enemy you kill will take away a brick. Once you clear a path, a key will appear. Grab the key and run over to the flashing door. Go through and you will go into a boat or whatever the picture is and go to the next level.
There is a screen where you need to shoot all the creatures that just sit there. Up to three of them will fly around at you as you just shoot the rest. Gotta love stupid creatures. If I was sitting there and the people to the left and right of me were shot, I would take off. But not these dimwits. They just sit there and let you kill them. They will only move if you kill one of the three creatures that is flying around. Otherwise, they sit there and do nothing.
Overall, the game is mediocre. The graphics are weak, the frustration level is high and there is not enough to keep you playing. Each level is as boring as the last one. It is too bad that Sinbad could not have a better game based on his stories. I guess my quest for a great Sinbad game must continue. This one is not it.
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this game.