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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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  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 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: 39 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. :);)
    Dec 16, 2003
    10
    Great!!!
  2. AnalogueB
    Jul 18, 2008
    10
    An incredible game that simply doesn't put a foot wrong. Story, combat, puzzles, atmosphere, visuals etc are all perfectly realised and An incredible game that simply doesn't put a foot wrong. Story, combat, puzzles, atmosphere, visuals etc are all perfectly realised and elegantly packaged. And the innovative 'rewind' gameplay mechanic not only works brilliantly, but also fits well with the story and doesn't feel at all gimmicky or tacked on. Provided you're not an impatient gamer, you should consider this is an essential title. Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Nov 18, 2018
    8
    I've played this game many years ago, so I don't remember details. But it was really cool:)
  6. Sep 20, 2018
    7
    Excellent puzzles, sometimes horrible camera angles, mediocre combat. It can get frustrating sometimes (I remember reloading one puzzle 20-30Excellent puzzles, sometimes horrible camera angles, mediocre combat. It can get frustrating sometimes (I remember reloading one puzzle 20-30 times before I succeeded) but mostly it's really rewarding game. 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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