What Is It?
It's easy to look back at the original Prince of Persia and come away with the wrong message. We focus all of our attention on the incredible rotoscope animation, one of the game's flashier gimmicks. But in spending all of our time marveling at the animation, we often forget to note the game's even more impressive attributes. There's a reason that people still care about this long-running franchise, and, believe it or not, it has very little to do with backyard rotoscoping sessions.
Prince of Persia gives players exactly one hour to locate and rescue his one true love. This requires our hero to battle guards, avoid traps and navigate the labyrinthine dungeons. But there's no time to second guess your actions, because that time limit is always at play. This adds an important layer of urgency, which I would argue is the one thing people take away from Prince of Persia. Regardless of whether you defeat the Sultan or not, you come away from Prince of Persia having experienced something that feels significantly more important. And now you can take up that important mission in this Game Boy Color port.
Does It Still Hold Up?
It's hard to go back to the original Prince of Persia. Although it looks great (featuring some of the most impressive animation I've seen on the Game Boy Color), the control is hard to get used to. One simple button press will send our hero barreling forward, something that becomes increasingly annoying as the platforming puzzles become more challenging. Still, the sense of urgency remains and the game is a lot of fun once you get used to the fidgety controls.
Is It Worth The Money?
Believe it or not, Nintendo could have released four different versions of Prince of Persia on the 3DS Virtual Console. Beyond the Game Boy Color port reviewed here, there's also a Game Gear version, one for the original Game Boy and even an adaptation on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Needless to say, Prince of Persia was everywhere in the 1990s. This Game Boy Color version is solid, even if it is a little hard to play today. The animation holds up and the maze-like stages are fun to revisit. The controls are going to throw a lot of gamers off, so know what you're getting before you spend the money. You're probably better off checking out Prince of Persia Classics, an incredibly faithful remake for the Xbox Live Arcade and PSN that fixes a lot of the control issues.
This Game Boy Color version is solid, even if it is a little hard to play today. The animation holds up and the maze-like stages are fun to revisit. The controls are going to throw a lot of gamers off, so know what you're getting before you spend the money. Still, you're better off checking out Prince of Persia Classic, a remake featured on XBLA and PSN!
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