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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.


World War II: Prisoner of War PlayStation 2 Main menu.
World War II: Prisoner of War PlayStation 2 Captured.
World War II: Prisoner of War PlayStation 2 Loading screen.

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World War II: Prisoner of War Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

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

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And where's Steve McQueen?? Windows Zovni (10646)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 2002 76 out of 100 76 PlayStation 2 Jul 10, 2002 15 out of 20 75 Xbox Jul 04, 2002 15 out of 20 75 Windows Sep 27, 2002 15 out of 20 75
Clubic Windows Nov 15, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox Aug 30, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Xbox Aug 16, 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Gamer's Pulse Windows Nov 14, 2002 24 out of 50 48
Netjak Xbox Sep 17, 2002 4 out of 10 40
The Next Level Xbox Dec 02, 2002 D 25


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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.
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