October 3, 1989: Brøderbund releases Prince of Persia
The popular Prince of Persia who is today seen in action-adventure games such as Warrior Within and The Forgotten Sands, got his start as the cliff jumping, ledge swinging, platforming hero in a very 2D way. Originally produced for the Apple II, Brøderbund, an educational firm, produced the story of the prince and the princess he loved who was imprisoned by an evil sultan. Players had to navigate the prince through a series of levels, avoiding traps, fighting bad guys, and weaving around obstacles, in order to reach said princess. One interesting (or horrible, depending on your point of view) aspect of Prince of Persia was that the game was timed, and ideally it was to be completed in one sitting. There weren’t any save points either – dying brought the player back to the beginning of the level. But turn the game off, and you had to start all over next time. Oh, the joys of old-school games.
Today, you can find the remake the original platformer, Prince of Persia (2007) on XBLA and PSN. Its sequel, The Shadow and the Flame is available through Itunes and Google Play. Which version of the prince to you like the most? Sound off in the comments down below!