Written: December 18th-19th, 2012Ah, Prince of Persia! Hard to believe it's been around for twenty-three years now and what an impact it's had on video games, gamers, and challenge found in video games in general, but I digress. Back in 1989, a man called Jordan Mechner, who also created the critically acclaimed sidescrolling brawling venture Karateka five years prior, crafted and designed a huge maze-like adventure that would go on to be a huge success for many years to come on the Apple II computer: Prince of Persia. In fact, it was so successful that it wound up getting ports and remakes on pretty much every console around at that period, and some versions are still being made even now. The version most gamers still resonate with and consider the overall best is the remake made by Masaya three years later for the SNES, which is what I'm going to talk about today.
|There are elaborate puzzles aplenty|
A long time ago, in the land of Persia, the sultan was out fighting a war with his soldiers, leaving Jaffar, his grand vizier, in charge while he was gone. Wait a minute! Jaffar? Grand vizier? ... <=/ Wa... Wasn't there a character who shared both that exact name and that exact role in that one animated Disney mov--? Never mind! =< Anyway, the grand vizier has malicious intentions and wishes to take over Persia, but there is one thing which stands in his way of ruling the land: the sultan's daughter, Princess... er, Princess. While the sultan's away, she also acquaints herself with a traveler (that's you) named... um, Traveler and begins to grow attached to and fall in love with him. However one day the guards take said traveler away due to Jaffar's orders and summons the princess to her room.
Jaffar asks her to marry him, but she refuses and would rather die. So Jaffar makes an hourglass appear and gives her two hours (as in actual 120 minutes) to make her decision: marry him or perish. All her hopes rest on the lover that she's met; fortunately, he's making a prison break right now. Will the traveler rescue his romantic interest before the sands of time run out? Will the grand vizier receive his ultimate comeuppance in the end? And will the traveler become the titular Prince of Persia... Prince?? Well, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and save her!
|I'd look at that pretty view outside those windows,|
but now's not a good time
|Exploration and navigation is the key!|
|Every trap and obstacle will try to kill you,|
including fire! D=
|Ah ha! I've landed a hit on you!!|
|With every area there comes a battle|
|Uh, oh, I've got myself a clone! =(|
|Desolate and lonely-looking dungeon|
|Thoroughly survey the premises to advance|
|If you survive this deadly trap, then you're a|
|I still don't know what this boss is supposed|
to be! It is weird!! <=/
Jordan Mechner's classic was so successful that a sequel would eventually be followed on the PC called Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame in 1993, which also garnered some success. However, it didn't receive as many ports and conversions as the first game, though a MegaDrive/Genesis version was made only to not be released (though the ROM is available) and a conversion was made for the SNES a couple years later, which was reported to be a crappy glitchfest. The PC original was made available as an unlockable in the Xbox version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and I heard it was really good. Oh, but I don't own an Xbox (I don't know if I can afford another console right now), and my PC is way too updated to play the original. =( ... Crummy SNES adaptation it is, then!
... or rather, TO BE CONTINUED!9.5/10
Thank you for reading, please leave a comment! =)
P.S.: The way Jaffar is a grand vizier, orders the guards to send the hero to the dungeon, and asks the princess to marry him in both the game and the Disney movie is uncannily similar. Surely this must be a coincidence!
P.S. 2: I researched that in the Japanese version there is blood and even a segment of the intro where the traveler gets repeatedly beaten and bludgeoned by a guard that was removed from localized version.
P.S. 3: This game is just that awesome! =) What else can I say?