Made by the Israeli company Makh-Shevet, "Cruel World" is a tribute to the famous game Prince of Persia, having identical gameplay and looking very similarly to the classic platformer. The hero is an innocent citizen who was thrown into a deep dungeon without trial and explanation. Your goal is to escape from your prison. Just like the Prince, the hero must perform a variety of runs and jumps, fight enemies (skeletons and others) in real-time combat, and occasionally solving environmental puzzles.
Cruel World is a below-average Prince of Persia clone from Makh-Shevet, a little-known Israeli developer who later made Master of Dimensions and Armed and Dangerous adventure games. As a harmless citizen who is one day thrown into the dungeon for no reason, your goal is to escape with your life intact in true Prince of Persia fashion.
The game is extremely similar to Jordan Mechner's classic - from the 2D/isometric layout, to red potion flasks that represent your health and your enemy's health. You will fight skeleton soldiers, make impossible leaps across chasms, negotiate tricky traps, and generally pull off the same stunts as the famous Arabian prince. Despite obvious similarities, Cruel World may still be forgivable if it matches the fun of Mechner's classic. Unfortunately, more boring level designs, awkward movements, and drab palette degrade Cruel World to be only a poor man's version of Prince of Persia. Play 4D Prince of Persia instead if you are looking for a great fanmade tribute to that game. Replaying the original Prince of Persia games is more fun than this lackluster game that could not manage to match its inspiration.
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