Lost In Translation/Arabian Magic

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Arabian Magic
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Arabian Magic control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation Japan
Released 1992
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU 68EC020 (@ 16.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 16.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
ES5505 (@ 15.238 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
58.97 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 23 ROMs
9,177,795 bytes (8.75 MiB)
MAME ID arabianm · arabiamj · arabiamu

About The Game

Arabian Magic is a scrolling beat-em-up for 1 to 4 players, set in the mythical world of the Arabian Nights. A long time ago, an evil wizard has taken over the peaceful kingdom of Shahariyard and used sorcery to transform its king into a Monkey. The player must defeat each of the game's seven Guardians to reclaim the 'Jewel of Seven Colours' and release the king from the evil hex.

Each player can select from four distinctive characters: Prince Lassid, Princess Lisa, Sinbad or Afshael. Each character carries a primary weapon - Prince Lassid and Sinbad carry swords, Princess Lisa a magical veil and Afshael a mace. In addition to the weapons, players can also summon a magical attack in the form of a huge genie. The genie will only appear for a few seconds but during that time, players have control over the genie and can steer him towards enemies.

Arabian Magic has 7 different stages with one of the powerful guardians awaiting the player at the end of each level. Each guardian, once defeated, will drop a jewel which forms a part of the Jewel of Seven Colours. Guardians, once defeated, will join the player and become a Genie. Each level is littered with vases and wooden chests which, when broken, reveal treasure items and power-ups.

The game ends when the player has recovered the Jewel of Seven Colours, saved the King (making him human in the process) and restored peace to Shahariyard.


Released in July 1992.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to Japanese characters.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

Tips and tricks

Round Select Mode :

  1. Hold Service Switch and reset the game.
  2. Press the buttons in the following sequence 'Start(x3), Service, Start' on the 'SERVICE SWITCH ERROR' message screen.
  3. If it's done successfully, you will be able to enter the Round Select Mode.


Yukio Abe
Kazutomo Ishida
Yukio Abe
Kazutomo Ishida
Kusago Nagahara
K. Usahi
Zippy Aoki
Masashi Tsuzura
Music & Sound (Zuntata)
Norihiro Furukawa
Naoto Yagishita
Katsumi Kaneoka
Syuji Kubota
Art Director
Nobuhiro Hiramatsu
Character Designers
Nobuhiro Hiramatsu
Hiroyo Kujirai
Yukio Abe
M. Maekawa

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")
Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
PC [CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
ZUNTATA RARE SELECTION Vol.4 Arabian Magic ZTTL-0030[1] 1998-09-21 Zuntata Records CD version.
ZUNTATA HISTORY L'ab-normal 2nd ZTTL-0039[2] 1999-04-01 Zuntata Records CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.