Prince of Persia
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Prince of Persia once again resets the timeline of the series and marks the start of a new trilogy with the Prince on the search for Farah, his donkey, which is loaded with treasures beyond imagining. But after a sandstorm he falls down into a canyon and meets Elika, a princess with magical powers. She's being hunted by the army of her father and has to make her way to the temple beneath the Tree of Life.
But they come too late. After a brief fight against her father, he breaks the seal and by doing so unlocks the prison chamber that was kept closed by the powers of the Tree of Life. The inhabitant of that prison? Ahriman - God of Darkness. Creator of the darkness of space and the first to unleash envy and hate. Back in the days he was not satisfied with keeping only one half of the universe and after a fierce battle against his brother Ormazd, God of Light, he almost won. In a last attempt Ormazd successfully lured Ahriman into the Tree of Life, condemning him to a thousand years of pain. But Ahriman was only waiting. Waiting and planning and now that he is free, he and his minions are beginning to claim back what they lost and the only two people on the world to stop them are the Prince and Elika.
The basic gameplay remains the same as in the previous trilogy with the Prince engaging in sword fighting, wall climbing, spike dodging, puzzle solving, and more, in his quest to save the world. But as opposed to the previous trilogy, the Prince neither can rewind time nor has to fight multiple enemies at a time. Instead he and Elika only face one, strong enemy every time and if the Prince is about to die because of a miscalculated jump or anything similar, she uses her powers and sets the Prince back to the beginning of the jumping puzzle. That is not the only thing she does. By command of the player, she also helps in fights, allows him to jump further distances by giving him a little push in the back in mid-air and shows which way to go next. Elika is also the key to bring the Tree of Life back to full strength. But to do so, she needs so-called "Seeds of Life" that are scattered all around the levels. If the player has collected enough of these, Elika will also become stronger.
Besides the enemies being stronger, more intelligent and having more special abilities, the fights play similar to the previous iterations of the series with the Prince slashing away at enemies with his sword or his gauntlet to produce powerful combos. The gauntlet also allows the Prince to slide down from solid rocks safely to the area below. The game features Quick Time Events when an enemy got a hold on the Prince and uses a cel-shaded and heavily stylized look for the characters.
- Принц Персии - Russian spelling
- 新波斯王子 - Traditional Chinese spelling
- 3D Engine: Scimitar
- Games made into comics
- Games with post-credits scene or gameplay
- Japanese PlayStation 3 games with full English support
- Japanese Xbox 360 games with full English support
- Middleware: Bink Video
- Middleware: FaceFX
- Physics Engine: Havok
- PlayStation 3 Essentials Range releases
- PlayStation 3 Platinum Range releases
- Portability Engine: Cider
- Prince of Persia series
- Setting: Middle East
- Software Pyramide releases
- Ubisoft eXclusive releases
- Visual technique / style: Cel shaded
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Credits (Windows version)
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- 2008 – #5 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
- 2008 – #7 PS3 Game of the Year
- 2008 – Special Achievement in Art Direction Award
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Prince of Persia
Review: The Mac Gamer
A review of <em>Prince of Persia</em> by The Mac Gamer's Alex McLarty (September 20th, 2009).
Something Old, Something New
An Apple Games article about the Mac version of <em>Prince of Persia</em> with additional comments from the Creative Director.
Wikipedia: Prince of Persia
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X360A achievement guide
X360A's achievement guide for Prince of Persia.
- MobyGames ID: 38110
- Steam App: 19980
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Game added by Sicarius.
OnLive added by firefang9212. Macintosh added by Zeppin.
Additional contributors: Sciere, MichaelPalin, Zeppin, Klaster_1, —-, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third.
Game added December 13th, 2008. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.