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Arabian Arabian - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Arabian - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play an adventurous Arabian prince and your goal is to rescue the princess from her palace. In your quest you will sail the seas, crawl in caves and fly magic carpets. Score points on the way for picking up the letters in "A-R-A-B-I-A-N" and get a bonus if they are collected in order.

Arabian was produced by Atari in 1983.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Arabian was produced include: Fast Freddie, Gravitar, Dig Dug, Black Widow, Akka Arrh, Alpha 1, Cloak & Dagger, Cloud 9, Crystal Castles, and Firebeast aka Dragon Master


Name Arabian
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6899
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Arabian Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Arabian Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Kick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Arabian Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

Arabian is a "Video book" with a happy ending. The attract mode introduces the story, and animated storybook "pages" let you experience the Arabian Prince's adventures. Use the 8-way joystick to jump, super-jump, walk, crawl or climb in all directions. Tap the Kick button to boot your enemies out of the way.

Game Play

The player controls a young Arabian Prince who must rescue his Princess from the castle tower where she is being held prisoner. Evil Genies in brass jugs that throw deadly smokeballs, swooping Rocs and purple ghostly creatures called Oscars will try to stop the hero along the way. Sometimes Rocs and Oscars will come together to form Super Rocs or Super Oscars who will be more dangerous, but these enemies are also worth a greater amount of points.

The Prince scores points for kicking Oscars or Rocs, picking up lettered jugs and spelling A-R-A-B-I-A-N. When The Prince picks up the jugs, he must only pick one up while a Genie is still inside or when a Genie is beginning to materialize. The Prince must not pick up a jug while a Genie is above it and fully-materialized or else he will die. The Prince loses a life when he gets hit by a smokeball thrown by a Genie, falls off either a ledge, flying carpet or vine, or gets caught touched by a Genie, Oscar, or Roc.

Arabian KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.54 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.71

Overall Like 4.60
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 4.40
Collector Desire 2.40

Technical Rating: 3.87

Gameplay 4.20
Graphics 4.20
Originality 3.80
Sound/Music 2.80

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

BUG: Pixels are missing from the top of the 5. This is a fault common to the code of the original ROMs on all of the boards both Sun and Atari.

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LICENSOR: Sun Electronics Corporation

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Arabian Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Common - There are 49 known instances of this machine owned by Arabian collectors who are active members. Of these, 32 of them are original dedicated machines. 17 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Arabian machine for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Arabian circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Arabian.

This game ranks a 14 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The original boardset contains an on-board sound amplifier that is able to drive a speaker directly. However, since Atari had been using their Audio/Regulator II boards in almost all of their games at the time, the board's sound output level was turned down and the audio was amplified again by the ARII board. Later board revisions output the correct Atari audio levels.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 172; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 172; Color photo

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2016 1 690.00 690.00
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