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  • Summary: Amidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield theAmidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield the power of the Sands of Time - a mythical force allowing the Prince to erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present. You'll uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
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  1. Computer Games Magazine
    100
    A must-have. It's an incredibly beautiful and artistic game that manages to balance eye-candy and gameplay gimmickry with truly solid game design, all paced with perfection. [Mar 2004, p.68]
  2. But don’t take our word for it, because Prince won Best Action-Adventure Game at this year’s E3 expo. So it’s got that going for it…which is nice.
  3. Excellently produced, with intuitive, responsive controls, a deep, engaging storyline and immersive sound.
  4. The gorgeous visuals and music, great story, responsive controls, excellent level design, and - most importantly - superb implementation of action moves make this a true winner.
  5. It's a fairly short game, and it's missing the console versions' bonus features, but it's truly excellent for as long as it lasts.
  6. games(TM)
    80
    Sands of Time is very much a 21st century product - sumptuous visuals, intuitive control and many unique ideas. Buy it, play it, love it. [Dec 2003, p.92]
  7. While it is not particularly long and does not have too much replay value, it keeps one entranced while one is playing it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Prince of Persia is a game I simply had to write a review about, because the movie somewhat made it look bad.... It one of the best games IPrince of Persia is a game I simply had to write a review about, because the movie somewhat made it look bad.... It one of the best games I have ever played, the story drew you in, the characters were developed well, the level design was gorgeous, the soundtrack was brilliant, the acrobatics were great, turning back time was just freakin awsome... But if I just had one gripe, it would be the fighting mechanics. It didn't annoy me too much, but after a while you get over how cool the Prince is as he continnously jumps obver enemies, it wasn't as refined as Warrior Within's freeform fighting system alloying you more freedom in using the environment and style of play (that was the only good thing about WW). But this dosen't tarnish POP:SOT, it is still one the most brilliant games I've ever played. Expand
  2. UsmanT.
    Nov 26, 2003
    10
    This is very great game and i hope that you also make its 5th part on all platforms.
  3. HashamA.
    Nov 8, 2004
    10
    Excellent from the start to the end,should have been the game of the year.excellent combat system,jaw dropping graphics & a heroic Excellent from the start to the end,should have been the game of the year.excellent combat system,jaw dropping graphics & a heroic Prince.never played anything like it.tired of FPS & pumping badguys full of lead,try this for a change.you'll never regret it. Expand
  4. AnonymousMC
    May 8, 2008
    9
    U know...It's not like that that that game is boring or sth like that (:-D). I mean... If U R looking 4 some fighting game with someU know...It's not like that that that game is boring or sth like that (:-D). I mean... If U R looking 4 some fighting game with some puzzles, than Pronce of Persia Warrior Within is just perfect for you... And if you wanna some puzzle game, than that one and Pronce of Persia The 2 Thrones are ideal 4 U. I like puzzles and some fighting so it's a very good game IMO. I played PoP WW too, but I think taat 1 is better like T2T/ The animations are wonderful and it helps people to realax a little bit. So, overall, it's a fabolous game!!! Expand
  5. JayS.
    Dec 11, 2003
    9
    Beautiful gfx, smooth intuitive gameplay, excellent sounds and a half decent story. I played the original game years ago on the Amiga when it Beautiful gfx, smooth intuitive gameplay, excellent sounds and a half decent story. I played the original game years ago on the Amiga when it was cutting edge so expected something a bit different and sands of time certainly delivers. The only downer here is a dodgy camera and length of game but all in all it is a superb game highly recommended, give it a try I think you would be pleasently surprised. Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2015
    8
    There are bugs (sometimes you have to restart from the last checkpoint because of a bugged out rope; the dialog volume is often too low), theThere are bugs (sometimes you have to restart from the last checkpoint because of a bugged out rope; the dialog volume is often too low), the camera is really hard to control and there are weird angles which is annoying while platforming. During combat you often attack the wrong enemy (like you use special attack on a standing enemy instead of finishing one off). It's an old game (and games evolve quickly), but it's not too bad, and it still looks okay (it's not like the early 3D games which are pain to look at). It works great on **** computers too because of that. I'm using the GOG version, I heard they fixed a few bugs. I'm not sure how widescreen works, maybe it stretches it, but I didn't see it unstretched, so I don't know. Story's great. It's a great game, you should play it, you should play the whole series. I played the other games when I was young and I loved them, that's why I decided to play this now, and I'll replay the other games after this too. Expand
  7. JasonB.
    Feb 5, 2004
    1
    BORING!!! As with the previous Prince games, this one is just as weak. Pretty graphics but nothing really good here.

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