I finally managed to play the first and original \"Prince of Persia\" game to its end (that is, more or less 20 years after it was first published). It\'s a simple, brilliant, very well made and very frustating old game.
\nIt\'s pretty much similar to Disney\'s \"Aladdin\" (or vice-versa, or perhaps it\'s simply a standard one thousand and one night tale I\'m not aware of). The evil vizier Jaffar exploits the absence of the persian sultan to seize control of his palace and to emprison the protagonist, the \"prince\" of Persia, and the sultan\'s daughter. The princess is given an hour to decide her own destiny: either marry the vizier or die.
\nThe prince will have to escape through the prisons of the - architecturally very implausible - sultan\'s palace, engage Jaffar himself in a sword fight, kill him and thus save the princess... in less than 60 minutes.
\nThe beginning is just, simply EPIC. I still have a vivid remembrance of the prince jumping out of his cell into the torch-lit dungeon, accompanied by an ominous MIDI sound. Simply great.
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