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Prince of Persia (Series) Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Prince of Persia is a long-standing game series dating back to the early 90's. The games all feature the titular prince who must escape a maze of platform-based levels. The game first impressed with its unusually fluid movement and life-like animation. This focus on climbing and realistic interaction with the architecture of each level continued throughout the series.

The original trilogy:
  • Prince of Persia (1989)
  • The Shadow and the Flame (1993)
  • Prince of Persia 3D (1999)

The Sands of Time series:
  • The Sands of Time (2003)
  • Warrior Within (2004)
  • The Two Thrones (2005)

This more recent trilogy was played in third-person and revolved around your running, jumping and climbing abilities. There were also encounters with enemies played out as fights. The novel aspect of the game was being able to rewind time if the Prince made a mistake or to freeze enemies.

Prince of Persia has had a range of other games in the series since then, most notably a reboot of the idea in 2008 where he relied on a female companion to progress.

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Release Date: 03/10/1989

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Jmechner


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Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 14 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Prince of Persia (2008) offers an epilogue expansion pack that adds a new area, two new moves and unlockable skins. It's only available on console.

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This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was rated PEGI 12. Violence in the game is non-realistic in nature. Characters can be staggered by attacks, however there is no blood or injury shown. When the player is hit, a red border appears around the screen to indicate that damage is being dealt.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:

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