This is unlike any game you have played before. I do not want to hype up this game, because nothing can live up to hype. I will instead say that this game forces you to strategize, scrap all of your plans and simply go with your gut.
I like the Mancala-like mechanism to acquire Meeples and force them to do your bidding (Assassinating, going to the Market and more). I enjoy the artwork on the Djinn tiles and their powers. I even like the wooden camels, palm trees and palaces. This is a great game once you get the hang of it and have fun! I think it will be in my list of favs for a while.
Mr Jack Pocket is a fantastic gateway game for new gamers. It has a lovely theme and is portable enough to fit in a handbag. It helps jump start deductive thinking in people who might not be used to thinking outside the box. I use it as a warm up test to identify which direction to game it with someone new.
When first asked to play this game, I hesitated due to the theme and time necessary to play it. This looked like a war game, and I don't generally like war games. I was really wrong though, unless you count the war on evil a war.
This game is amazing. It is my favorite (semi-)cooperative game (even after all these years). I like working to battle evil, trying to thin out the siege engines while hoping to capture the sword in the stone... Everything about this game makes me smile- even the traitor!