Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon was released in 1988 on the Commodore 64 by a company referred to as kings of the 1980’s interactive movie. As masters of arcade action/strategy games, Cinemaware is known for the cinematic overtones in their creations. Titles such as “King of Chicago” and “Rocket Ranger” display this unique approach by placing story and presentation in the forefront of games which combine many different game play styles.
The story involves you as SINBAD trying to stop the armies of the black prince from wiping out the land. The game will end if the armies reach the capital city of Damaron. In classic 1930’s pulp-adventure style there is also a princess you must save. As in all Cinemaware games randomness is a key factor in gameplay. No two games play out quite the same and events occur in different locations spontaneously which keeps the player on their toes throughout (which I love).
Travelling amongst towns, chatting to the locals and exploring new islands is all part of the gameplay. Random arcade sequences such as dodging ocean reefs, dueling cyclops and escaping earthquakes keep this game exciting. Your amulet (menu system) contains a map, army locations and time remaining. It also allows you to speak directly with the princess for additional information. The game is packed with character and makes you feel like you are playing a game version of a classic adventure movie like Jason and the Argonauts (or Clash of the Titans which is a clear influence).
The graphics are excellent and push the C64 to its limits with brilliant full screen dialogue and well-animated action sequences. The music is very good and I really love the main theme-it captures the adventure vibe and provides an unforgettable earworm in the best way. I personally feel this is the most overlooked game within the Cinemaware catalogue and it is a must play if you like the others. It is tough and I recommend you ask the genie for an extra life. You’re going to need it!
Here’s my video review for “Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon”
The C64 version is a very different game than the Amiga version that came out in 1987. Great graphics and sound and an all round unique adventure game in the Cinemaware mould. This version (in my humble opinion) is a much better realized game than it’s Amiga counterpart.