Arabian Fight

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Arabian Fight
Japanese arcade flyer of Arabian Fight.
Japanese arcade flyer of Arabian Fight.
Developer(s) Sega AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) January 1992
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Fighting game
Mode(s) Single player, four-player co-op
Cabinet Horizontal
Arcade system Sega System 32
CPU Z80, V60
Sound YM3438 x 2, RF5C68
Display Raster, 416 x 224 pixels

Arabian Fight (アラビアンファイト?) is a scrolling beat 'em up arcade game released by Sega in 1992 (Though the on screen copyright year was 1991 when the game was conceived and produced before its release). Unlike many of Sega's arcade titles the game was never ported to a home console and seems to have been released in direct competition with Taito's Arabian-themed game, Arabian Magic, which was also released in 1992.


Gameplay screenshot

The gameplay is very similar to many beat 'em up games of the generation, and to Sega's other side-scrolling beat 'em ups Golden Axe and Streets of Rage, using three action buttons, one to punch, one to kick and one for a special attack, in this case, magic based, similar to Golden Axe special attacks. Characters can also throw their opponents, and items can be collected from chests, as well as some enemies, to give extra points, restore health and grant the character their special attack.

The game uses sprite scaling techniques to allow characters to move to the far back of the screen and give a feeling of perspective. The game also makes use of the foreground, something rarely done at this time, as characters perform special attacks very close to the screen, some so close that only their torso and head will fit; likewise enemies can jump from the foreground to fight (characters cannot be hit while in these animations).


The corrupt Sheikh Sazabiss has abducted Princess Lurana, and he is utilizing every unscrupulous means of power he has at his disposal to achieve his ultimate ambition of conquering the world. The quartet of valiant and fearless warriors bravely come face-to-face with Sazabiss. As they battle to save Lurana, the foursome, freely using magic, their most prized possession, journey to the castle of Sazabiss to save the princess and the planet.


Four players may play at once with one of four selectable characters: Sinbat (not a misspelling of "Sinbad"), Ramaya, Goldor or Datta. Sinbat is the game's young, handsome hero, Ramaya is the game's young, attractive female, Goldor is the game's muscle character, who appears to be older than Sinbat and Ramaya, and Datta is a spiritual-looking bald man.


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