Whether you regard Aladdin as a sword-swinging hero or humble prince, get ready to have that image forever altered. In Lamp of Aladdin, the title character is portrayed as a snotty teenager who looks like he’s had plastic surgery. His quest is to pick fruit from the tree of life in order to marry the princess. Due to his rotten attitude, Aladdin gets the repetitive journey he deserves.
Lamp of Aladdin is broken into two sections that alternate each level. One is a hidden object game where you must find pieces of broken items and, after putting them back together, use the item somewhere in the scene. Each scene has four items to recreate.
The other part of the game is a side-scrolling Match-3. You must create matches on top of gold tiles in order to uncover a path for Aladdin. Along the way you’ll hit dead ends where you need to match special tiles to summon a magic carpet or bridge. There are also hammers, bombs, and whirlwinds that remove gems from the board.
Riffraff, street rat, I don’t buy that.
Each Match-3 level consists of around eight sub-levels, plus a bonus level. Altogether, a Match-3 round can take up to an hour. After playing these again and again without much variation, it can get old quite quickly.
You can play through Lamp of Aladdin with or without a timer. We generally feel timers add little to the challenge but a lot to the stress factor, so we opted out of it.
The story is told through picture-based cutscenes between levels. All the dialogue is voice acted, although you’ll likely turn off the voices after the first word, since they’re unbearably bad.
While Lamp of Aladdin has some interesting concepts, it’s far too tedious. For $4.99, we have a hard time recommending it unless you don’t mind performing the same few tasks for hours on end.