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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Windows)

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www.xbox.com:
    Deceived by the treacherous Vizier, the Prince of Persia has unleashed the Sands of Time curse on the Sultan’s kingdom. With little but an ancient dagger and a devious princess to aid him, he must undo his fatal mistake. It's a fight for survival…not glory.

    • Control time: Reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time with the almighty Sands of Time.
    • Master skills: Study the Prince's speed, agility, and ferocious fighting skills to defeat enemies.
    • Explore and survive: Leave no stone unturned in the vast kingdoms of medieval Persia.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (14586) on Sep 30, 2010.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    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.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Oct 03, 2005.

uk.playstation.com:
    Summary

    The original Prince of Persia game was a 2D platform game that introduced us to the baggy-trousered Prince and set the platform genre aflame. It spawned many sequels and its influence can be seen in subsequent "run, jump, climb and fight" games including the seminal Tomb Raider series. Now the Prince storms the modern gaming world as the Sands of Time are unleashed upon ancient Persia.

    Details

    Unwittingly releasing the titular Sands with his prized Dagger of Time, the people of Persia are transformed into murderous, zombie-like sand creatures that cannot be slain by sword or bow. Explore the besieged and crumbling palace by hanging, jumping, running along walls, balancing across beams and swinging around flagpoles. Your acrobatic prowess will amaze and astound you.

    You (as the Prince) will soon discover that the Dagger is the key to defeating the creatures and reclaiming the spilt Sands. Fluid, 360 degree combat allows for some breathtaking moves and staking the creatures allows you access to the powers of the recovered Sand. The powers in question are over time itself, allowing you to glimpse the future, slow down the world around you, freeze opponents and even turn back time should you mis-time a jump or be fatally wounded by a blow. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a story you will never forget.

    Features

  • One of the longest running adventure series continues

  • Amazing acrobatic moves including vaults, rolls, wall-running and pole swinging

  • Fantastic 360 degree combat - take on every opponent

  • Stunning Persian setting complete with deserts, towering palaces and deep, dark dungeons

  • Mind-blowing time control powers - glimpse the future, slow down, stop and reverse time

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Oct 11, 2004.

Back Cover - Xbox (PAL):
    Drawn to the powers of a magic dagger, the prince is lead to unleash a deadly evil upon the Sultan's kingdom.

    Master the Prince's agility and ferocious fighting skills. Control time. It's the ultimate power... but use it wisely.

    Contributed by codemonkey_uk (183) on Aug 16, 2004.

http://www.prince-of-persia.com/uk_html/features.php:
    A TECHNOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE:

    Witness some of the most advanced programming in gaming history, pushing the limitations of consoles and raising the standards of games in all areas of production: - Physics, - Lighting, - Graphics, - Animations, etc.

    AN UNMATCHED HERO:

    Wielding powers of mythic proportions, the Prince returns to action-adventure gaming with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his destiny.

    THE SANDS OF TIME:

    Ubi Soft’s Montreal Studio presents The Sands of Time – a technological breakthrough that will change the face of action-adventure gaming forever. Erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present in real-time for unlimited gameplay variations.

    EXOTIC WORLDS & VAST KINGDOMS:

    Uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer.

    A SWEEPING ADVENTURE OF BETRAYAL & TRIUMPH:

    The epic legends and deadly creatures of mythic Persia burn to life in this suspense filled tale, featuring more twists and turns than the labyrinthine Palace itself.

    Contributed by Terrence Bosky (5234) on Jul 16, 2004.

http://www.prince-of-persia.com/uk_html/story.php:
    A ANCIENT CURSE, A FATAL MISTAKE

    A PRINCE’S QUEST FOR REDEMPTION.

    In medieval Persia, Earth’s mightiest and most mysterious kingdom, a king and his son defeat the powerful Maharajah and kidnap his daughter, looting his palace of priceless treasure, including an extravagant hourglass, and a mysterious dagger.

    What the Prince does not realize, is that these two objects can turn their possessor into an immortal god, and give him control over time itself. Tricked by a dying Vizier bent on harnessing this terrible magic for himself, the Prince releases the sands of time, destroying a kingdom and turning its populace into ferocious demons. Only the Prince, the Vizier, and Princess Farah, the kidnapped daughter of the Maharajah, remain unchanged. Now, it is up to the young Prince of Persia to call upon every resource and ounce of courage he possesses to save his kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake.

    Contributed by Terrence Bosky (5234) on Jul 16, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    In My Quest for Redemption, I Must Control Time Itself



    Deceived by the treacherous Vizier, I was led to unleash the Sands of Time curse upon the Sultan's kingdom. With little but an ancient dagger and a devious princess to aid me, I must undo my fatal mistake. Mine is a fight for survival...not glory.

    • Reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time itself with the almighty Sands of Time.
    • Master the Prince's speed, agility, and ferocious fighting skills.
    • Explore and survive the vast kingdoms of medieval Persia.


    Control Time...
    And You Control The World

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Apr 04, 2004.

Ad from many gaming magazines, including PC Gamer:
    In my quest for redemption, not even my death can stop me.

    Contributed by Zack Green (1015) on Dec 31, 2003.

Back of Case - GameCube (Canada/U.S.):
    In My Quest for Redemption, I Must Control Time Itself

    Deceived by the treacherous Vizier, I was led to unleash the Sands of Time curse upon the Sultan's kingdom. With little but an ancient dagger and a devious princess to aid me, I must undo my fatal mistake. Mine is a fight for survival...not glory.

    • Reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time itself with the almighty Sands of Time.
    • Master the Prince's speed, agility, and ferocious fighting skills.
    • Explore and survive the vast kingdoms of medieval Persia.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Dec 01, 2003.

Back of Case - Xbox (Canada/U.S.):
    In My Quest for Redemption, I Must Control Time Itself

    Deceived by the treacherous Vizier, I was led to unleash the Sands of Time curse upon the Sultan's kingdom. With little but an ancient dagger and a devious princess to aid me, I must undo my fatal mistake. Mine is a fight for survival...not glory.

    • Reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time itself with the almighty Sands of Time.
    • Master the Prince's speed, agility, and ferocious fighting skills.
    • Explore and survive the vast kingdoms of medieval Persia.


    Control Time...
    And You Control The World

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Dec 01, 2003.