Lamp of Aladdin

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The story of Aladdin and his genie-filled lamp has been told many times, but never, to our knowledge, in the form of a Match-3/ hidden object game. As it turns out, these two genres compliment each other nicely, making Lamp of Aladdin an enjoyable experience for anyone in the family (except maybe the mopey teen, who will think it’s too childish).

Each level starts with a beautifully painted hidden object puzzle. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see four items that have been broken into pieces and scattered around the painting. Once you locate all the pieces of an item, you’ll be able to use that item to manipulate the scene. For instance, one of the items might be a weight, and once you assemble the weight you’ll have to hang it on a hook to open a curtain, which will reveal pieces of the other items.

The rest of each level is made up of a series of Match-3 puzzles. In these, a tiny Aladdin is trying to make his way along a path through a grid of gems. To unblock the path, you must shuffle gems around to form lines of three of the same color. Doing this over Aladdin’s blocked path opens up the route, allowing him to progress. It’s a very typical Match-3 game, but helping Aladdin make his way through it freshens the gameplay somewhat.

So far, we’re enjoying Lamp of Aladdin quite a bit. The high production values are evident in the art and in the mostly spot-on voice acting between levels. The game seems primarily aimed at kids and casual gamers, but even hardcore folks will probably find something to enjoy here. If you have an iPad and a few extra bucks, you might want to pick it up.

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Lamp of Aladdin iPad Review

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.