Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Image

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  • Summary: Embark on a journey of scorched sands and ancient legends. A young prince, drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, unleashes a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Guide the Prince on his quest to reverse the curse by using the Sands of Time, a power which allows you to erase the past, see into the future and slow down the present. Perform gravity-defying acrobatics and swashbuckling attacks in a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms. Restore peace to the land and fulfill your destiny. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. The game has an innovative use of time travel that doesn't include a cat with a vacuum cleaner or a hard drive to enjoy.
  2. Has something for everyone, from hardcore gamers to players picking up their first GBA. [Spring 2004, p.33]
  3. The game plays almost exactly like the Apple II original, albeit with many improvements, and the frustration involved is just as high. [Dec 2003, p.185]
  4. The time control aspects are quite innovative and bring variety to the game. The adventure and trap dodging are wonderful and challenging.
  5. The GBA version of The Sands of Time is much more of a straightforward action platformer... lacks any major wow factor.
  6. 70
    The thought of an enhanced version of this game with new time-based elements was extremely exciting, but unfortunately the GBA team took the idea in a far more action-based direction than the careful puzzle design of the original.
  7. Just an excuse to implement a gimmicky feature that is undoubtedly fun, but not fun enough to warrant a complete game devoted to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BenN.
    Dec 1, 2003
    Mad, mad game.
  2. KrisN.
    Nov 1, 2003
    Quite different from the careful movements and slow controls of the original prince of persia, this remake is a blazing-fast platformer that plays like the classic SNES Aladdin (now available for GBA) with shades of Castlevania: Symphony's RPG and adventure elements. While it feels and plays great, it's pretty generic, with elements from the Big Console version of the game, like rewinding time and extracting sand from enemies, feeling somewhat tacked-on. The game is very fun for the first hour or so, but gets somewhat monotonous, an excersize in run-jump-slash trap. All in all, this is an above-average platformer, but a Prince that falls short of its original Ancestor in terms of innovation and design. If you're a fan of smooth-as-silk platformers, take this one for a spin! Expand
  3. GerardH.
    Apr 25, 2004
    It's a nice game when you're on the go and the gameplay is OK too, but there is no real thrill since the AI sucks and the levels all look alike. Expand