"You take the part of a young adventurer attempting to save a beautiful princess. Time is ticking away, you'll have to move fast to escape your cell and evade the many cunning traps placed in your path. Non-stop action is combined with the exploration and puzzle-solving challenge of a top-flight adventure game. With hundreds of fantastic rooms to explore, you must use all your sword fighting skills to do battle with violent opponents and foil the Grand Vizier's despicable plans!"
The Grand Vizier Jaffar has seized the reigns of power, while the Sultan is off fighting a foreign war. He's given the Sultan's daughter, the Princess, an ultimatum: Marry him or die!
Tengen challenges you to rescue the Princess and become the Prince of Persia. There's only one small problem: Jaffar has had you arrested, stripped of your sword, and thrown into his dungeon. You have only 60 minutes to escape, save the Princess, and dethrone Jaffar. Good luck!
A Princely Delight
Prince of Persia is a royal Genesis action/adventure game that's very similar to Flashback and Out of this World. Strategy and fast fingers are essential if you intend to survive.
ProTip: In Level One, you'll find these two flasks. The one on the left contains poison, but the one on the right revitalizes your health.
You must fight through 14 levels filled with traps and Jaffar's soldiers. Hack-n-slashers get action-packed sword fights, but making the Prince run, jump, leap, and climb to overcome lethal obstacles such as trap doors and beds of spikes are your keys to success.
The controls are very good, but mastering them is the most difficult part of this game. You must take many running jumps over deadly chasms. At first, frustration is a factor, because beginners will make a running start to jump over a pit and end up running into it, instead. Don't give up.
Royal Graphics, Common Sounds
Prince's graphics are fit for a king. The intro screens are especially nice, and the game play screens have sharp detail. They aren't too colorful, but, hey, you're in a dungeon! Your character's movements are extremely fluid, giving the Prince lifelike action.
- Always check above you for hidden passages. They generally lead to power-ups or shortcuts.
- Your first quest should be for a Sword. You're doomed without it.
The sounds are solid, but they lack magic. Here's a game that cries out for exotic mood music, but the meager tunes, although they have Middle Eastern flair, are nonexistent during game play. Audio effects, on the other hand, are clean and clear throughout, from the clack of your footsteps to the clang of steel hitting steel.
Precise timing is the key here. Jump just as the jaws begin to open.
The legacy continues with excellent results. How does Prince of Persia compare to the SNES version? Simply put, the Genesis version has better graphics, and the SNES has better music. Otherwise, the two are identical in almost every way, including the most important way...fun! Prince of Persia is a royal treat.
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The Prince is back solving puzzles, leaping chasms, swordfighting, and dodging traps, all to save the princess from Jaffar. But in Prince of Persia 2, someone turned on the lights!
The graphics are livelier with well-lit, detailed dungeons and outdoor scenes. Unfortunately, the characters are outlined in retro-black and are fairly small. The music is still eerie, but this game could use more demonstrative sound effects.
A tough thinking-gamer's game, POP2 is a decent adventure.
- Let yourself down by your hands whenever you can.
- Keep running after you cross the bridge or you won't make the leap onto the ship.
The Prince of Persia, one of gamedom's most famous heroes, has been called into service once again. Jaffar, a vile Prime Minister, has snatched the Princess and holds her hostage in the Sultan King's palace. His sinister plot is to take over the country in the King's absence. As the Prince, you must save the Princess and vanquish Jaffar.
Prince of Persia, one of the best known game titles of all time, has made an appearance on almost every PC and video game platform. At long last, Kona- mi brings us the Super Nintendo version. Fans of the game will rejoice when they plug in this game, hear the first haunting strains of bewitching Middle Eastern music, and catch their first glimpse of the lonely princess awaiting rescue on the castle parapets. This translation is a feast for the eyes, the ears, and all your other senses. It's just about the ultimate in challenge for expert gamers!
For the uninitiated, the Prince's task is to battle his way to the Princess by making his way through 20 vertically-and horizontally-scrolling, side-view castle levels. Prince of Persia veterans will recognize some of the levels, but also find some entirely new ones. The quest begins in the bowels of the castle prison, where the Prince has been locked away to rot with more than a few fellow unfortunates. To find the door that leads to the next level, our hero makes his way through a winding labyrinth of tunnels, passageways, ledges, deadly drops, gates, spear traps, demonic pendulums, walls of flame, and other evils almost too horrible to contemplate.
- Your first task in Level 1 is to find the Sword. Survival is impossible without it. When you reach the first passageway, where you must move left or right, move left. Go left through the first three gates. Drop down the left side of the hole in the floor and climb down all four ledges. Move left and climb down to the wooden walkway. Run right until you find the Sword!
- Prince of Persia players will find some levels more familiar than others. Level 3 contains the famous "leap of faith". Open the gate to the far left with the panel on the far right tower. Then RUN and jump as fast as you can. If you're quick, you may just make it through the gate.
Slice and Dice
Alas, sinister foes and minions of the evil Jaffar also lie in wait for the Prince. He'll encounter lowly Soldiers, fat but crafty Politicians, Knights in Golden Armor, Skeleton Warriors, and even his own a ego, the Shadow Man. The only way to defeat any of these foes is through sword-slashing, head-to-head battle -- and a hefty dose of quick wits.
- Use the terrain around you to finish off your tougher sword-fighting opponents. For example, try to push a soldier off onto some spikes. Skeletons are invincible. One way to defeat them is to knock them off ledges. They'll fall and smash the pieces.
- The easiest way to survive a sword fight is to stand still and let your foe attack you. When they get within striking distance, quickly slash them. Repeat this procedure until they're done for.
Fortunately, the Prince is agile, strong, and clever beyond compare. Unluckily for him, you're in control! The Prince's repertoire of moves is fairly large, complicated and somewhat difficult to learn. It's up to you to master the Prince's many moves and guide him through his perilous journey. The Super Nintendo version captures the animated movement that's always been a standout quality of the game. The Prince looks real as he runs, jumps, climbs, crouches, shuffles, crosses swords with enemies, and skids to a halt through the castle passageways.
- Always hold down Up on your control pad while you jump. If you miss your jump, or if it's a long jump, your hands will usually graze the edge of the ledge and grab onto it. Then you can pull yourself up to safety.
Luckily for you, the Prince apparently had good Karma in another life (and he's had a lot of them)! Scattered here and there throughout the castle are powerful Medicines that restore his health. Of course, Jaffar has also left dangerous potions to tempt you. Poison takes away part of your life, and the Inverter potion turns the screen upside down.
Successfully negotiating the palace labyrinth requires quick wits, puzzle-solving ability, nimble fingers, calm nerves, and PATIENCE. Advanced and Expert gamers have the best shot at rescuing the Princess, although, Intermediate and Beginning gamers will also enjoy the game (if they're not easily frustrated). Those inexperienced in the ways of the Prince should definitely seek guidance through the five levels of the Training Mode.
With everyone's stress level in mind, Konami has kindly included a password feature that enables you to access your current password at any time during the game. You can also check your best time on any given level, as well as your total time on the overall game. To beat the game, you must finish all 20 levels in 120 minutes.
Use this password to skip Level 1 and begin at Level 2 armed with the sword and ready for battle: BK1MQEL
Haunting, gorgeous tunes, and eerie beautifully animated graphics create a beautiful background. Intricate game play that challenges your wits and dexterity finish off the picture. Konami's done it again! Now get going... she's waiting and the sands in the hourglass are running out!
If you've never stumbled through a few zillion attempts at Prince of Persia on either the Macintosh, or the Game Boy, your golden opportunity has just arrived. Virgin Games has produced Prince of Persia for your NES.
Grand Vizier Jaffar has imposed his nasty will upon the Sultan by taking over his palace. He's also given the Sultan's daughter, your lady love, a radically harsh ultimatum -- marry him or die.
Down and Out
Jaffar's peeved 'cause the princess is sweet on you. So, he's tossed you into the dungeon. The prognosis isn't good. You have exactly one hour to work your way through 18 strenuous stages on your way to save the princess.
The Sultan didn't spare any change when he built his dungeon. This place is the pits, literally! Each of the 18 stages is comprised of various dead-end ledgesand monstrous iron gates. Also, sword-bearing turbaned terrors are everywhere, ready and waiting to slice-'n-dice you to bits.
It only gets worse. Step on the wrong tile and its splatsville when you plummet three stories. Fall a tad short of a ledge when you make a leap towards freedom and a cushy bed of spikes will break your fall. Survive these traps and you eventually come upon the tile which activates the exit door to that stage.
Fortunately, a sword, as well as a few dozen bottles of potion, have been hidden in the dungeon. Some of the potions are restorative, others are pure poison. It pays to gamble, 'cuz you get endless continues should you lose.
Graphically the game is simple, yet clear and attractive. However, it's the animation that really knocks your socks off. All movement appears so smooth and natural that you become half convinced that you really are a tiny man on your T.V. screen.
However, it takes time to master the many precise moves the prince can perform. To be specific, he can jump upwards, leap forwards, squat, pull himself upwards, lower himself down, and take "baby" steps. The controls are highly sensitive -- too sensitive. It's guaranteed that you're going to panic and pull a dumb move, such as taking a flying leap when you meant to jump up. It's a tossup between what's more difficult-the obstacles or the moves.
- Polish your sword skills before you hit Stage 5.
- Look closely for these tiny holes in the ground. They are a dear indication that the floor is rigged with spring-action spikes, which you must leap over or die.
- All potions found are safe to drink.
Hail to the Prince
Prince of Persia is one of the more attractive, unusual, challenging, and nerve-crunching titles that's ever found a home on the NES. Although the ultra smooth animation doesn't shine through quite as brightly here as it does on its more powerful computer cousins, it rates an A+ on the somewhat limited 8-bit scale. If you could, would you be the Prince of Persia? Only a few dozen hours of frustration will tell.
In a time of darkness, while the Sultan is off fighting a foreign war, his Grand Vizier Jaffar has seized the reins of power. Throughout the land, people groan under the yoke of tyranny, and dream of better days.
You are the only obstacle between Jaffar and the throne. An adventurer from a foreign land, innocent of palace intrigues, you have won the heart of the Sultan's lovely young daughter. And in so doing, you have unwittingly made a powerful enemy.
On Jaffar's orders, you are arrested, stripped of your sword and possessions, and thrown into the Sultan's dungeons. As for the princess, Jaffar gives her a choice, and an hour to decide. Marry him - or die.
Locked in her room high in the palace tower, the Princess rests all her hopes on you. For when the last sands drain from the hourglass, her choice can bring only a throne for the Grand Vizier... a new reign of terror for his long-suffering subjects... and death for the brave young youth who might have been... Prince of Persia.