Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 70
    It's a beautiful remake and a testament to the longevity of smart game design; it's just not the must-buy it would be for a couple bucks less.
  2. AceGamez
    It is hard to complain about what is easily the best looking Xbox Live Arcade game yet and quite possibly the most well rounded one too. Whether you care about saving princesses or not, Prince of Persia is a game of royal calibre.
  3. The gameplay is the truest reason to download this game. Even though the hour-long aspect of the game could hinder replayability, you will from time to time wish to save the fair princess from the dastardly Grand Vizier.
  4. Great production values but the unforgiving gameplay and loose controls don't sit well in 2007.
  5. Survival mode is where it's at in terms of ultra-difficulty - completing all levels without a single death requires a superhuman level of dedication.
  6. 80
    Although exploration is the core of the game—and like every game in this series, the best part—combat happens frequently and will likely be the main cause of frustration. Still, if you can stick it out through the hard bits, Prince of Persia Classic is definitely a worthwhile download. It’s a welcome walk down memory lane—when it’s not causing shouts of pain and anguish.
  7. Now, this iteration of the classic game shows that with some love and polishing, these old favorite games of ours really do stand the test of time, and even outperform some new games.
  8. I really loved Prince of Persia Classic. It was more than just your typical “enhancement” we find in so many other XBLA titles, yet it remained totally true to the source material while cleverly working in a few elements from the more recent console games.
  9. A good update of a classic game, but you’ll only enjoy it if you enjoy classic gameplay.
  10. Prince of Persia Classic is a fine example of how to modernize an older game while keeping its appeal intact.
  11. Prince of Persia has always been about getting through each challenge as quickly as possible, thanks to the one-hour time-limit on the game. Thus, it makes for a perfect Live Arcade action game, as it basically comes with built-in leaderboard support.
  12. Regardless of whether you've never played the classic before or you're a seasoned veteran, Prince of Persia Classic is definitely worth checking out.
  13. Either way, Prince of Persia looks good on the Live Arcade, and it’s certainly a decent value at 800 MS Points.
  14. Hardcore Gamer
    There's a reason the Prince is still popular almost twenty years later, and this is it. [Sept 2007, p.69]
  15. 86
    Prince of Persia Classic is certainly short, but it's oh so sweet. This is one of the best games released on XBLA to date and the template all future enhanced classic games should follow. If it weren't for the brevity of the experience, POP Classic would be, well, an instant classic.
  16. Official Xbox Magazine
    In fact, developer Gameloft has managed to give the game a beautiful 3D overhaul and a few minor gameplay updates while mostly maintaining its timeless brilliance. [Aug 2007, p.79]
  17. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Fluid and uniquely told. A classic reborn. [Aug 2007, p.102]
  18. 65
    Prince of Persia Classic ought to serve as a template for all future XBLA remakes. It had great potential but needed a little extra refinement to broaden its appeal.
  19. I’m happy to report that this is one of the better retro revamp titles to come along. Despite that, many gamers will have to give this game a second thought before spending the 800 points, due to the low replay value and lack of multiplayer.
  20. Hardcore fans of the Prince of Persia series might want to pick this one up if you’re curious as to how the series began, but don’t expect a stellar experience like Sands of Time.
  21. It’s a solid piece of gaming history brought back to the fore by a publisher and developer with an eye for modern flair. It’s not overdeveloped or taken in such a different direction that it loses sight of the fun and appeal the original game offered.
  22. For the short time that the game does last it is an example of how Live Arcade titles should be done and how an old game can be refurbished, yet still retain a nostalgic edge to please all types of players.
  23. X-ONE Magazine UK
    There's never been a better time to sample one of the greats. Fact. [Issue#23, p.98]
  24. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    The best. Only better. A 2D game of this quality, lushly redesigned, is worth a hundred 3D romps. [Sept 2007, p.94]
  25. 80
    Prince of Persia probably has some of the best graphics to date on the Arcade, it can even match some retail titles which is a truly great accomplishment of the developers with only 50MB available. Is it worth the 800 MS Points? Definitely, the few cons of the game don’t weigh up against the solid gameplay and good looking graphics.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. MatthewARcher
    Mar 30, 2008
    I have to say this is a great remake. Something to consider: this game is 800 credits because although it's only an hour longI have to say this is a great remake. Something to consider: this game is 800 credits because although it's only an hour long (technically) it took a group of people time to make as it was remade from scratch, with excellent graphical improvements. This is a lot less that what it would have originally cost you when the old version came out, so stop complaining! It is difficult, but you want to be challenged if you've just paid for something... Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 4, 2007
    Great production Values, one of the best arcade games on 360 downloads
  3. StephaneJ.
    Jul 23, 2007
    I'm very happy to see this classic title appear on XBLA. Sure, it is frustrating, but for those of us enjoying a challenge, it is a I'm very happy to see this classic title appear on XBLA. Sure, it is frustrating, but for those of us enjoying a challenge, it is a blessing. Nice graphics, too. The only problem is the delayed responsiveness of the controls, but that was part of the original too, so... I'll bear with that. Full Review »