Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time «

The Prince has returned to his original side scrolling roots in the cell phone adaptation of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Last year, Prince of Persia for the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube consoles defined the action/adventure genre with its challenging puzzles, jaw dropping graphics, and a superb control scheme. The wireless version of PoP still maintains the fun of solving puzzles and dodging traps of its big daddy counterpart.
The story here hasn’t changed too much; a vizier uses the Prince (of Persia, duh) to steal the dagger of time so he can utilize the sands of time. As the Prince, the gamer must navigate through six levels, elude traps, and beat the bad guys.

For a wireless game, PoP is shockingly challenging. (In fact, this reviewer was a little embarrassed that it took three tries to beat level three). The levels may take a few times to beat and there is a definite replay value to the game. The graphics look vibrant and the control-set up is exemplary for current wireless games.

Despite the platform switch and the MIA time traveling feature, the Prince still has his amazing acrobatic skills. Once these abilities are picked up, the Prince will be able to roll, slice with a sword, stab with a dagger, and jump off or run on walls. Clearly, this guy could become rich working at the circus.

Of course, Prince of Persia is not perfect. Plotwise, there is absolutely no explanation why the sands of time are so important. In a sense, the gamer doesn’t know why the vizier wants the sands and why it is dire for the prince to retrieve them. Some prior knowledge of the console version may fill in the blanks, otherwise nothing makes sense. The battle sequences can also be a little tedious due to lack of enemy variety. Fighting a bat, an archer, and a warrior with hammer can only be so exciting. The game is also extremely short. In fact, in one good sitting, it should take barely an hour or two to beat the game. So, looking at the yang, the player is stuck with a short game with three types of enemies to fight and doesn’t exactly know what the whole point is.

Despite the lack of story and game length, though, the gameplay never becomes stale and is really a blast to play. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, is easily one of the best wireless action/adventure games available today.


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