A limited edition promotional release for the Playstation 2 was specially packaged with "Colditz Castle" on the front cover, which is one of the later levels in the game.
Prisoner of War had two obvious sources of inspiration. One is the Hollywood classic The Great Escape (1963), where Steve McQueen & Co flee a German POW camp. The other is the ZX Spectrum game The Great Escape (1986), which is in turn based on the movie. Prisoner of War recycles many of this classic's key gameplay elements.