Revisiting the Iconic Prince of Persia
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For every child in the 90s, Prince of Persia was a name and a game that had the swag as well as the zing needed to open doors to imagination and heroism. The video game was a franchise which started back in 1989 and is still considered to be one of the most iconic video games of all times. The first game in the series was simply titled “The Prince” that was created after getting inspired from multiple sources like the Arabian Nights, Indiana Jones and Robin Hood. Back in the day, the character’s animation was created used a technology called Rotoscope.
You can find Prince of Persia on websites that The Old School Game Vault for different consoles, especially the NES. The gameplay was one of the toughest, yet most played games during the early 90s. The game is still tough as nails, yet you can eventually get through the levels and rescue the princess from the clutches of the evil Jaffar.
In terms of the game, it takes place in Persia, as the name suggests, you play as a handsome young prince from a far off land who came to marry the princess. But, the evil wizard Jaffar is in the process of taking over the kingdom while the Sultan is away. In order to take over the land, he must marry the princess and throws the prince in the dungeon. You goal as the prince is to escape the dungeon, save the kingdom, kill the evil wizard and marry the princess.
The gameplay is extremely difficult and you keep dying in the dungeon with spikes, attacks from guards, poison and everything you can imagine. In the first level, the prince gains access to a sword which can be used as a weapon to attack and kill guards. Fights take too long to get over and that was maybe something which made the whole game enjoyable for some. The game controllers on PC was the direction keys and same for all other consoles as well. If you are a master at this game, you will know how to position yourself at the ledge before taking a leap unlike beginners who always seem to fail at making the jump by running and falling to their deaths.
One of the most admirable aspects of the game was the number of secrets to be discovered in each level. For gamers who love exploration, this was a one of a kind experience those days. In terms of graphics, it was a decent job for that time and age. However, most levels seem quite similar in terms of layout and background. The soundtrack has a thick Persian influence to it to give a more authentic feel to it. It may have been even better if there were more environments other than just the dungeon and darkness.
Overall, Prince of Persia may have gone down the books as a retro game, but it is perhaps one of the best video games in the history of video games! If you are looking to The Old School Game Vault, make sure you visit us as we have almost all the major league games in store now!