Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse and Stronghold Released on

The fine fellows over at have upped the D&D ante even further this weekend by bringing us SSI's original Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse and Stronghold titles in true DRM-free format for $5.99 each. Both are great titles, and it makes me realize how much I'd like to see more modern CRPGs with exotic settings like this:

As an outcast, betrothed to the caliph's daughter and the son of a sultan whose once mighty clan has been dishonoured, you must face the all-powerful Genie Lords in a quest to restore your family honour - once and for all!

Experience the mysterious Al-Qadim game world and prepare for fast real-time action, arcade-style combat and heart-pounding role-playing - all in the style of Arabian Nights! Diverging from the Gold Box formula, Al-Qadim allows you to experience the immersion and thrill of an AD&D adventure with a condensed role-playing system. The Genie's Curse is quick to set up and a breeze to play. Your character, a brave corsair, slashes his way through this incredible AD&D game world, where high magic and dark deeds reign!

- A simple interface guides you through encounters with genies, sinister sorcerers, wise hermits, and many more mysterious beings - each with their own secrets and challengers

- Use magical items to face the challenge of real-time combat and puzzle solving

- Savour a tightly woven storyline that's enhanced by grand cinematic musical themes

- Variable difficulty settings allow players of all skill levels to be challenged!