Can a game be ground-breaking, revolutionary, and unbelievably enticing at once? The answer: without a doubt. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time has captured my heart.
I want a storybook adventure
…incredible time controlling concept
…want to play a Persian Prince
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place in a mystical Middle Eastern setting. The fabric of the environment is time itself. You play as a young prince who possesses exceptional athletic skill. Early on in the game, the prince steals the dagger of time, a treasure from a rival nation, as a token for his father the king. When his nation’s vizier compels the prince to use the dagger to unlock another treasure, a huge hourglass, everything goes wrong. The sands from the hourglass blow forth, and turn its guardsmen and citizens into sand creatures. The prince, the vizier, and a young woman named Farah are among the only survivors. In the prince’s efforts to undo his mistake, he’ll join forces with Farah, seek out the hourglass, and confront the vizier.
This is one of the most original games we have ever played in regards to the time and the coding of how it all works. Imagine the prince falling and plunging to his death at a certain point. You’ll hear him say, as narrator, “No, that’s not how it happened.” Not only is this an interesting technique, but it compels you to keep playing the game. You will want this storyline to continue, and the book to unravel.
The prince’s new dagger of time has other uses besides chaos. It is the key to defeating the evil spread throughout the palace, and it also makes the prince immortal. In most cases, should the prince fall to his death or be slain by a sand creature or a trap, he will use the dagger to “rewind” the course of time to a point prior to the incident that ended his life. “Sand tanks” are the currency which you earn a greater quantity of as you get farther into the game, and which you restore by defeating sand creatures. If you run out, a rare circumstance, you just continue the story from where the checkpoint is.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a game that can be recommended wholeheartedly. It looks fantastic and features responsive controls, some original play mechanics, a good story, and a thrill of an adventure. Do not miss out.