Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Acrobatic moves and inventive traps have never been as free-flowing as they are in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. [Feb 2004, p.151]
  3. An excellent title on the GBA and still withstands the test of repetitiveness while offering plenty of addictions.
  4. Has something for everyone, from hardcore gamers to players picking up their first GBA. [Spring 2004, p.33]
  5. Gameplay mechanics are in place and polished to a smooth experience, and the game belongs in some handheld art museum. Simply gorgeous.
  6. 85
    Some may be put off by the fact that you have to control two characters within the realm of the game, but I found it to provide an interesting challenge which only made the puzzles and the overall game that much more pleasurable.
  7. 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]
  8. The difficulty is also right on point- not easy enough to blow straight through it, but not hard enough to frustrate anyone.
  9. One of the best side-scrollers of the season. It moves at a quick, mostly-steady pace that never causes boredom.
  10. 80
    It can be tedious to baby-sit both characters, but the game otherwise guarantees hours of enjoyment, even if it’s only to jump and flip around.
  11. If you enjoy beautiful, fluid, entertaining adventures, then this is your chance to take part in one.
  12. 75
    The ability to play as both the Prince and Farah is an interesting addition, but in practice it devolves into standard "you stand on this switch and I'll stand on this one" gameplay. The resulting balance leaves the replay value quickly sucked dry once you've had your fill of the game.
  13. The time control aspects are quite innovative and bring variety to the game. The adventure and trap dodging are wonderful and challenging.
  14. The charm of this port is its similarities to the original game, the great animation and the challenging levels, which I have to say are nicely designed.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. GerardH.
    Apr 25, 2004
    7
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. BenN.
    Dec 1, 2003
    10
    Mad, mad game.
  3. KrisN.
    Nov 1, 2003
    7
    Quite different from the careful movements and slow controls of the original prince of persia, this remake is a blazing-fast platformer that 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! Full Review »