Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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Brian G - 03/08/2020
One of my favorites solo and with friends
Christa - 08/12/2012
And that sound whomp whomp whomp celegorm has tipped his toes to the daisies or something Like that. It's been a long time. I always got stuck with the centipede roller ball controller so I'd hit the wall. So frustrating. Lol
Gideon Marcus - 05/08/2008
I found this game after I'd played Heracles, and I enjoyed it, but not as much as its younger sibling largely because of the inability to speed up combat

Bob aka Dragos - 06/03/2007
This was probably my favorite computer game of all time because it was best enjoyed in a large group. You didn't need to know anything about computers. You just needed to know how to have fun with other people. We always played with 6 or more people and the fact that you could attack other players made it all the more enjoyable. I remember my wifes family coming over one night. They had never even seen a computer before or played a role plaer game. It wasn't long before we were all howling and having fun until the wee hors of the morning. I finally figured out how to beat the game without striking one single blow. It was something to beat the game in this totally passive way. I went back and did it again while videoing it. It was really cool. Good memories
Jim Kuchera - 16/12/2006
My sons, and their best friend, grew up together playing this game as a team. I always wanted Haroud el Large. I don't know why it's so much fun because the graphics suck, it takes forevvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvverf to make each move, and did I say, "The graphics suck!" Yet, the guys always wanted to get together for a round of Ali. Sometimes things are great fun together for reasons unknown. This game is one of those 'things'. Warning: Ali Baba is not much fun played alone. It's rare to see this game offered anymore. Too bad.
greggman - 08/07/2006
This game supported 17 players at once (not just 4). As well it was one of the first games to reward the player for not killing enemies. Upon finishing the game once a screen appears saying something to the effect of "try playing again but this time without harming a single enemy and you'll receive a personal congradulations from the programmer". Sure enough, there was a way through each room without encountering an enemy.
Atari_E477 - 29/12/2005
An adventure game with a great sense of mystery and moments of spooky silence. I agree with the other comments that the simple graphics belie the fun-factor, especially entertaining when played cooperatively with at least two players. A must-have for any library of multi player turn-based Atari games.
Malcolm - 11/02/2005
The simple graphics at first put me off this game. Everything else about the game is great, especially with at least 2 players. I liked this game so much I completed it when it first came out on my Atari 400, then finished it again on my PC 20 years later. A classic. Also see Return of Heracles by the same programmer - its even better.
kris - 28/09/2004
Many many hours were spent on this game. One of the first role-playing games to offer a 4-player option, it was always good fun when someone accidentally attacked another player.


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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves atari screenshot
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves atari screenshot
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GenreAdventure - RPG (2-D)Year1981
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisherQuality Software
ControlsJoystick, KeyboardDeveloper
Players1, 2 (sim.), 2+CountryUSA

Smith, Stuart

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Re-released by Electronic Arts along with The Return of Heracles as Age of Adventure.

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Book / Magazine Reviews

 The Book of Atari Software · 1984Rating: B 

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a delightful role-playing fantasy game. The Sultan's daughter has been kidnapped by the ruthless band of thieves and has been taken to the thieves' stronghold deep inside a treacherous mountain. You play the famous Ali Baba and have been summoned to rescue the lovely princess.
You enter a world filled with exciting characters, each with his own... [more]

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