Friends, Earl Green has a brand new Phosphor Dot Fossils video for your viewing pleasure, this time he is tackling Arabian, that 1983 arcade classic that was developed by Sun Electronics and distributed by Atari here in the States. Arabian is an arcade game that I first experienced at that Showbiz Pizza of my youth – one of the handful of titles that I had the opportunity to play on my first visit if memory serves me correctly. In addition I can remember the game being a little on the difficult side – it would take me a week or two before I was able to even safely guide the Arabian Prince to the second stage… and to this day I have never made it or even seen the fourth stage – besides on the walkthrough videos on YouTube that is. I am happy to say that we do have Arabian at the arcade and while it might not see as much action as some of the other arcade classic that Atari distributed, Shea made sure to place the cabinet in a prominent spot next to Centipede as well as Dig-Dug.
There is something rather interesting about the version of Arabian that Earl is playing – as he points out in the video itself – there is a change in the music that is played in the game. The version at the arcade and the one that I recall playing at that fabled Showbiz Pizza of my youth featured Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – the version that Earl is using in his video appears to be playing the William Tell Overture and other classic music. Whatever the reason for the change in music it doesn’t affect how great Arabian is – an entry in the platform genre where the Player must leap, climb, and crawl his way to the top of four different stages to rescue the fair Princess.
So without further ado, grab your favorite snack and beverage and join Earl Green on Phosphor Dot Fossils as he plays Arabian!
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