While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup d'état. His way to the throne lies through the Sultan's lovely daughter. Jaffar kidnaps her and threatens to kill her if she refuses to marry him. Meanwhile, the man the Princess loves is thrown into the dungeon. He has only one hour to escape from his prison, defeat the guards on his way, and stop Jaffar before the terrible marriage takes place.Prince of Persia is a 2D platformer that is commonly regarded as a progenitor of the cinematic platform genre. Rather than following the more common jump-and-run mechanics, it focuses on careful advancement through fairly complex levels, emphasizing the protagonist's vulnerability and survival aspect. Rotoscoping technique is used to give more realism to the animation of the characters' movements.The protagonist must avoid deadly traps, solve some simple jumping and environmental puzzles (such as stepping on pressure plates to raise portcullis), and engage in sword fights with the guards. The player character has an infinite amount of lives, but has to restart at the beginning of a level each time he dies, and must complete the game within an hour. The hero starts with three units of health, which can be replenished with small health potions or permanently increased with large jars.The Game Boy Color and SNES versions of the game feature additional levels and new enemies. The Genesis version has a new intro, an altered set of graphics and four new levels.
Prince of Persia offers a great action game and many features not seen in many other games. The overall gameplay is very unique and has since only been seen in a game like Zorro but still a more special game.
The character animation is simply excellent in this game and you didn't see any other games with the same high quality in this period. Even some of today's games don't have the same high quality as Prince of Persia has. The game is divided up into different levels and on your way through each level you have to avoid different traps, some more difficult than others, and also enemy fighters that you have to fight against with your sword. Most of them are fairly but there are certain ones that can cause quite some problems. The traps you will meet on your way can be everything from spikes, loose floors and different machine-like traps.
Prince of Persia is a must game for all fans of the genre. The reason is that while it does quite simple gameplay at times many new things are included and is a great challenge to anyone. Good detailed, but simple, graphics are included while the little sound could have been better, especially because only very little has been made for the game. A recommended game for everyone as long as you are willing to start the game over and over because of the many tiles your character dies.
Nice game. Over millions copied sold. This game wich was released in 1989 and where now the third version: Prince of Persia 3D is one of the best games ever. You can get a sword and fight other arabian guys.
Nice Action-Jump 'n Run - not bad, but somehow I never got into it much. Anyway - someone requested it from me and so I digged it up again. Let's say the game got potential and some people might actually like it. Technically everything is ok, no downpoints there. The atmosphere isn't what it could be... somehow I would have expected more from the name and the title-screen, but after that the graphics get a bit boring.
In Prince of Persia Jaffar wants to marry the beautiful Princess, but the Sultan stands in the way of that happening. Jaffar tells the princess to marry him, and she refuses so he tells her she must say yes or she will die within 1 hour. You play the rule of the young guy trying to save the princess, and little does she know that you are the one, and that you are already in Jaffars Prisons. A challenging game, and the 1 hour time limit can be quite hard to beat, but if you do get there in time, the princess is yours!
Far from being flashy, the levels take place in two main settings: the dungeons and the palace. While the dungeons look dark and gritty, with blue bricks on a black background, the palace has more charm and exquisiteness, with sand-yellow bricks on a wall background decorated with oriental ornaments and some Persian carpets scattered around. Floors are formed from slabs, which represent an important element of the gameplay, especially for resolving puzzles and dealing with enemies. There are different types: switch (opens gate), trap (closes gate), loose on the ground (falls down under your feet), loose above (falls on you after hitting it with the head, Mario-style). Other important environment features that you'll meet along the way are the ledges, the doors and the deathtraps (the cutters and the spikes).
The story also isn't complex - it's the basic damsel in distress situation. The Grand Vizier Jaffar has seized power over the country, while the Sultan was fighting a foreign war. You, a guy from a far land (hence the blond hair) has to save the Sultan's daughter... There is one problem, though. In 60 minutes the princess has to choose between marrying the Vizier or death. So the limited time is a grand detriment for our modern rushed society, and many of you might ditch the game, because it requires a lot of practice at the beginning, just like in a racing simulation. Well, don't! Indeed you will play the same level again and again, just so you can get the best time or find the answer to a puzzle, but the pleasure of opening the green marble door and completing the level is immeasurable.
You start at the bottom, in the dungeon, in some white prisoner clothes (simple, but better than the blasphemous anime look they used in the later versions for SNES and Genesis). Make sure you clear the first two levels with the best time possible because the saving feature is only available when you reach the third, and there is only one saving slot. Also, it doesn't matter where you save, every time you load a game (which is possible only at the start of the game) you will find yourself at the beginning of the level. There are two primary modes of playing: the "free running" and the combat mode. In free running you will search for the switch to the last door, avoiding traps and figuring out puzzles (RightArrow and LeftArrow to run in one of the directions, DownArrow to crouch and UpArrow to jump/grab onto a ledge). An important key is SHIFT. Besides using and taking items, it is important because it allows you to move slowly and with caution. Also, when falling, keeping SHIFT pressed will make you hang from the next ledge.
The combat mode is activated when you have an enemy in front of you. Your only weapon is the sword. If you are stabbed when you don't have the sword in your hand, you will instantly die. Most of the enemies you'll encounter are the palace guards. They all have different clothes and fighting styles, so you won't be bored when fighting, but personally I don't see a crucial difference as most of them are easy to deal with. This is where the guard bosses and special characters make their entrance. Fighting them requires a certain level of skill and you can do up to ten consecutive attack-block combos without even hurting them. You use SHIFT to attack with your sword and UpArrow to block, while DownArrow sheathes your sword. At first, combat is really boring, and you can kill the guards just by following their attack pattern and striking at their weak moment without ever blocking. However, this changes gradually with every level, and the enemies will soon have a greater amount of health and unique styles, to which you'll have to adapt. You don't need to stick only to attack-block combinations though. You can also do more creative things like hit more buttons in a different manner and use your surroundings to dispose of them faster. That's why this game was so popular in the first place - you can play the game again and do it differently than the last time.
Everyone knows that fighting involves losing life, and losing life means healing potions. Yes there is a small selection of potions, but I'll let you discover their purpose on your own. Just remember that not every bottle in a dungeon is filled with holy water.
So basically, this is one of the greatest platform games ever made. At that time, both the graphics and the fluent movement were something special. Sure, now we are not so impressed by some inanimate black walls and some burning torches that we could call "special effects", but that doesn't really matter because you'll be focused exclusively on the puzzles and your character. The small details would have made it worse. You'll be happy to see that every action has a believable and enjoyable sample of sound, and the oriental-themed music is placed appropriately. You may find that some situations are hard to surpass, but when you finally complete your adventure, it will have seemed easy. The puzzles are of course logical (except for one that is totally out of this world), but their solutions are masterfully hidden sometimes.
Ah, there is nothing like the feel of cold steel impaling you in rather interesting places to really get you moving. Trust me, this game has its fair share of 'cringe moments'.
You've got three guesses to tell me the name of the evil dude who kidnapped the princess. Grand Vizier Jaffar you say? Well, you'd be exactly right! Aladdin here we come! But no, sorry you are not Aladdin. You are trying to rescue the princess who is your love; you have an hour to get to her. If you don't get to her in an hour, then she will be forced to marry Jaffar or be killed.
I have to say that does take some skill to play this game. It is quite important that you know how to jump, otherwise you can end up either impaled on spikes or a big pile of broken bones at the bottom of a pit. They have those lovely jumps, where you have to do a flying leap and end up hanging off the edge of the other side * shudder *. There are other scary things too, like some of the floors fall in, whilst others are moving floors. There are guards placed around, and as you move up from the dungeons, the guards get harder to fight. You do nice little sword battles that take a while to get used to, thrust, dodge etc.
Overall, I had some fun playing this game, even if I did always end up with a big spike impaled me. And I kind of couldn't play it without cheating either. It's a classic game, loved by many - give it a shot.
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