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It is World War II, and the player takes the role of an American pilot, Captain Lewis Stone, who is thrown into a prison camp of the Nazis. While attempting to escape the camp, Captain Stone discovers that the Germans are developing a secret weapon they intend to use against the Allies. Soon his personal wish of escape turns into a desire to save the world from the destruction the Nazis are planning.

Prisoner of War can be described as a stealth game. Unlike most other games of its kind (e.g. the Thief series), the game relies on stealth entirely, without offering violent options. The protagonist is helpless in the prison camp, and his only weapon is his wit. Sneaking past guards to deliver an important object to a fellow prisoner, hiding items, staying in shadows to avoid being recognized, and other stealth-based activities occupy the largest portion of the game.


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Alternate Titles

  • "战俘" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Побег" -- Russian spelling

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GamersMark Oct 09, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76 Jul 04, 2002 15 out of 20 75
Game industry News (GiN) 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GamePro (US) Aug 21, 2002 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Aug 21, 2002 6.9 out of 10 69
GameZone Sep 19, 2002 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpot Aug 30, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 16, 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Super Play (Sweden) Jul, 2002 5 out of 10 50
Just Adventure Dec 12, 2002 C- 42


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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.
Oleg Roschin (181560) added World War II: Prisoner of War (Xbox) on Sep 11, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Oleg Roschin (181560) and JPaterson (9551)