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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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"A perfectly executed novella"
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This game, the first part of the recent Prince of Persia trilogy, is easily the best of the three. It single-handedly revitalised platform gaming; we wouldn't have Portal if it weren't for PoPSoT.

In terms of gameplay, this game was enormously influential. It fluently combines jump-and-climb puzzles with entertaining combat sequences, more memorable for their visual style than for any real difficulty. Puzzles and combat are shown with great visual flair – graceful character movements, Matrix-style slow-motion, dizzying abysses that occasionally induce feelings of real vertigo. It's all packaged with a compelling and exciting soundtrack. Overall, this is a masterfully executed piece of work, perfectly judged in every respect. In these respects, the game was very influential.

But that's not why it is still remembered, loved, and replayed. At first it seems like an action game; stylish, but ultimately ephemeral; and in fact, that is the most its successors can claim. But the storyline expands, gains shape, and focuses into a simple but beautiful love story. The Prince is a magnificently rounded character: he is gradually chiselled from a hilariously arrogant teenager into a determined and accomplished hero. The heroine helps him, challenges him, and focuses him; his inability to deal with her elicits a witty and charming characterisation of both him and their relationship. The story climaxes, not in difficult action scenes (in fact, in the final battle, difficulty is precisely not the point), but in an act of selflessness that is handled with artless grace and great economy.

This is not an epic, but a novella; not a Doctor Zhivago, but a Casablanca. It is by turns beautiful, charming, heartwarming, and romantic. If by some misfortune you have not played it, please do: if there is ever a canon of games as works of art, this will be guaranteed a place.


With Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Ubi Soft and Jordan Mechner are channeling their combined talents to breathe new life into the action/adventure genre. They’re creating rich characters, white-knuckle action and a plot with more twists than the exotic, elaborate castle featured in the game,” said Serge Hascoët, Editor in Chief, Ubi Soft Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to move forward with the legendary Prince of Persia brand and eagerly await the launch of the next masterpiece from our world-famous Montreal studio.

A new Ubi Soft brand, Prince of Persia is credited with changing the face of computer gaming in the 1990s by introducing lifelike animation and story-driven action. The franchise was one of the first to gain success based on an appealing human lead character and a dramatic storyline. The first three games in the series boast combined sales of more than 3 million units.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land.

System Requirements:

* Window 98/SE/ME/2000/XP * PIII 800MHz or equivalent * 256MB RAM * NVIDIA GeForce 3 or higher (excluding GeForce 4 MX) ATI Radeon 8500 or higher, Matrox Parhelia * 16 x DVD/CD-ROM Drive * DirectX 8.0 compatible Sound Card * 1.5GB Hard Disk * DirectX 9 * Keyboard and Mouse
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March 31st, 2006
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