Nostalgic Gaming : Prince of Persia

Video games, i remember, during my childhood, used to be a hobby associated with geeks, losers, and the socially retarded. Only those with ‘no life‘ would play video games.

Fast forward a few years, and now, plenty of games have had movies made out of them, comics published, and even celebrities (the very definition of cool so they say) are now playing video games and endorsing them. For all intents and purposes, video gaming has gone mainstream.

But this post isn’t about the history of video games, as interesting as that is. It’s about a game that has been with me since my childhood, and is still with me today!

For every gamer out there, i’m sure there’s that one game that they played first; that one game that got them hooked on the idea of video gaming itself. For me, it was the Prince of Persia series.

Lets have a look at the game throughout the times! ( The ones i’ve played anyway. There’s actually more Prince of Persia games than the ones listed here)

Prince of Persia (1989)

The original classic , the game that started it all. I played this game on my first ever desktop PC, using the MS-DOS operating system ( THE operating system before Windows at the time). It came out in 1989, but i played it during 1994 i think, at 6 years old.

The plot was simple enough. ‘The Prince‘ in this game started out as a poor orphan, living on the streets. One day, he scales the castle walls and catches a glimpse of The Princess, whom he would later fall in love with (love at first sight? hellyeah). Despite their class differences, The Princess returned his feelings.

The game begins when the Sultan of Persia is called away to war. In the meantime, the Vizier Jaffar takes rule in his stead. Unknown to the Princess and her dad, the Vizier actually fancies her for himself. He would later imprison The Prince after knowing she had the hots for him instead. Seriously pissed, the Vizier gave an ultimatum to the Princess; marry him in one hour, or die. At the same time, the Prince escapes from prison. Now he has only one hour to save the Princess.

The typical damsel in distress

One hour! Get moving,boy!

The game was played in real time, meaning the player had exactly one hour to finish the game and save the Princess. When this game arrived, it was met with rave reviews. Critics praised its unique, groundbreaking gameplay, awesome graphics (at the time) and fluid animation. Me, being a little kid, didn’t give a shit about all this; it was simply fun to play. That wasn’t to say this game was child’s play. Most of the time, I never finished the game; my dad did that for me, as I watched. Haha! :p

Public displays of affection! Oh nooo! :p (Well,not really)

The Prince would of course in the end defeat the evil Vizier, and marry the Princess, finally becoming the Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia : Sands of Time Trilogy

The next few games I played in the Prince of Persia series was on the PS2. There were three games in all, each a continuation of the story. The Prince in this trilogy was an altogether different character from the Prince in the original game. The plot in this game is much more complex than in the original classic, so I can’t really be bothered to write it all down here. There’s wikipedia for all that. Haha! Instead, feast your eyes on these lovely art and screenshots.

1) Prince of Persia : Sands of Time

2) Prince of Persia : Warrior Within

3) Prince of Persia : Two Thrones

Prince of Persia (2008)

And finally…we come to the year 2008. As is normal for the series, this time around there is a new Prince to star in this game. Coming out in December, the makers of this game claim they’re going back to the roots of the original classic Prince of Persia (to me, thats a good thing!). From the trailers and demos i’ve checked out, this is one promising piece of work. If you’re too lazy to check out these pictures (can that be possible? too lazy to even look at pics? haha!), do yourself a favour and check out the awesome intro at the official game site.

Woohoo! Alright, I think that’s enough hype for one post!

On another note:

Games recently finished – Mass Effect, Command & Conquer : Red Alert 3, Fallout 3

Games soon to be played – Prince of Persia (2008) , GTA IV, Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, Need for Speed Undercover


4 Responses to “Nostalgic Gaming : Prince of Persia”

  1. 1 Ede
    2 December, 2008 at 7:38 am

    wahaha, i used to play the 1989 one too. man that was ages ago…

  2. 2 December, 2008 at 8:49 am

    weh, u’re a truly gamerz dawg. u finish fallout 3 and ra3 already??? wayh. I keep my new games for the holiday. I’m quite bz this week.

    I heard about the upcoming Prince of Persia. Definitely gonna check it out. GTA too. Weyh, later i want to visit u and syira k. dun be too busy. Oxford Brooks rulez!

  3. 3 irfanrazdwan
    8 December, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Ede – You did? Cool! Never pegged you as someone who would even consider touching video games :p

    Nain – Busy? Busy nerding,eh? Haha. Me,i dont keep my games. I play ’em when i want to. But that’s probably not a good habit to follow.

    get GTA IV quick,fool. It’s totally the bomb!

  4. 7 January, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    abang the games you showed all looks scary. AAAAH! Abang,thank you for your comment on my blog.Hee.Abang, there is an answer for ayah’s question, it’s watoufah.

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