Prince of Persiaa game by Broderbund, Virgin, NCS Corp., and Arsys
- Sega Master System
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
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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