Prince of Persia®: The Sands of Time
Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne by blood and ruled by deceit. Drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, a young Prince is led to unleash a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom.
User reviews: Very Positive (366 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 2, 2003

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Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne by blood and ruled by deceit. Drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, a young Prince is led to unleash a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Aided by the wiles of a seductive princess and the absolute powers of the Sands of Time, the Prince stages a harrowing quest to reclaim the Palace's cursed chambers and restore peace to his land.

  • A technological masterpiece - Witness some of the most advanced programming in gaming history, pushing the limitations of consoles and raising the standards of games in all areas of production: physics, lighting, graphics, animations, and more!
  • An unmatched hero - Wielding powers of mythic proportions, the Prince returns to action-adventure gaming with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting skills, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his destiny.
  • The Sands of Time - Ubisoft's Montreal Studio presents the Sands of Time - a technological breakthrough that will change the face of action-adventure gaming forever. Erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present in real-time for unlimited gameplay variations.
  • Exotic worlds and vast kingdoms - Uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Medieval Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer.
  • A sweeping adventure of betrayal and triumph - The epic legends and deadly creatures of mythic Persia burn to life in this suspense-filled tale, featuring more twists and turns than the labyrinthine Palace itself.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: 800 MHz Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™
    • System Memory: 256 MB of RAM
    • Video Card: 64 MB GeForce™ 3 or higher, or ATI® Radeon™ 8500 or higher, Matrox Parhelia™. (GeForce4 MX not supported)
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0 or higher compliant sound card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® version 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Disk: 1.5 GB available hard disk space
    • Supported Peripherals: ThrustMaster FIRESTORM Dual Analog 3
    • Note: For an up-to-date list of supported chipsets, video cards, and operating systems, please visit the FAQ for this game at: http://support.ubi.com.
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
The Gold Egg of the trilogy, classic as ♥♥♥♥, decent and sometimes annoying combat (I.E. a couple of those big dudes surround you, knock you down, you get up, rinse and repeat while they say "YOUR TURN! YOUR TURN!" as you get stuck in an infinite loop of ♥♥♥♥ no amount of time travel can save you from. Eh, anyway...

Time travel, parkour, and puzzles. This game does those 3 best (well, at least at the time, its no fun, fast paced, free roaming type of parkour like in the Assassin's Creed games, but more of a (mostly) linear, slow pace, and eventually satisfying platforming and parkouring and whatnot. Also unlike in Assassin's Creed, you can wallrun horizontally and vertically to reach otherwise inaccessible places, which made me cream my pants the first time.

Puzzles are fairly straightforward and challenging.

And then you have several time altering powers using the Dagger of Time, you have your:

Recall: Reverse time (uh, in real time?.... backwards....? er, yup!) for up to several seconds, usually for saving you from heavy damage, screwing up on a jump or puzzle, or instant deaths.

The Eye of the Storm: Slows down time and makes combat and some puzzles/platforming/parkouring easier.

Enemy Freeze: Renders an enemy frozen in time and much easier to kill.

Frozen Time Assault: Freeze time and go into a badass Omnislash-like frenzy on multiple enemies and wreak havoc.

All time powers require either a sand tank, or a halfmoon depending on which power it is. You fill up sandtanks and halfmoons by finishing enemies with the Dagger of Time.

One of my favorite parts in the game I remember is the bats, who always retreat in groups of 3 when you kill a bunch. My brother would always yell "THREE RETREAT!" and I would always laugh.

Man... I wish I would of kept my Gamecube copy of the game I got back in 2003 that my dad got me for Christmas... because... them nostalgias.

The PC version of this game holds up pretty good though, well at least the last time I checked. I'm one of those hip ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who still uses Windows XP, so I wouldn't know whether this is horribly broken or not on much newer operating systems.

So yeah, a classic game and is pretty badass in general, give it a try sometime.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I owned this game on Gamecube, PS3 and now PC. I can't tell you how many hours I've put into playing and re-playing it. <3

Game rewards your progression by making the protagonist's clothes come off. 11/10 would undress the prince again and again!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
English:
+ story
+ gameplay
+ graphic mods
+ unexpected ending
+ riddles

- audio
- controls
- camera

Buy it if you like Prince of Persia!
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Deutsch:
+ Story
+ Gameplay
+ Grafikmods
+ unerwartetes Ende
+ Rätsel

- Ton
- Steuerung
- Kamera

Kauft es euch, wenn ihr Prince of Persia mögt!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Absolutely awesome game, the story line throughout this game is just fantastic. The fight engine is a little limited and can be frustrating to use on PC occasionally and the camera angles can be a ♥♥♥♥ but they are more only complaints and they are really minor. Esepcially as the sequals fixed these issues. But, the story itself and the complexity of the puzzles and boss fights makes this into an absolute gem of a game that has inspired many games after it's time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Pre-Release Review
The Sands of Time when it originally came out boasted some of the best graphics and fluid 3D animation in games. By today's standard, the graphics still look great and animation is even more fluid with the advance of video card speed. The platforming is well executed. The levels can be massive at times and requires you to go through a maze of wall runs, jumps, and many other acrobatic maneuvers in order to reach your goal. The game almost runs like each major room is a level and you need to reach its objective/goal in order to move on to the next level. The action can feel rather repetitive, however, some of the enemies do require a different approach and strategy to take down and kill. However, the game is well paced to keep the actions repetition from annoying the gameplay too much. Overall though, the fight scenes are well choreographed and your character looks really cool in action. The introduction of the Sands of Time and the knife that allows you to rewind time if you fall to your death or get killed in battle is a really cool gimmick that works and fits very well in this game. The storyline is great, especially when you realize how the beginning and the end come together to completely understand the story. This is a classic, just as much as the original 2D Prince of Persia is a classic as well. If you've never played this game, you should do yourself a favor and pick this up and play it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
The game is an old classic, and a damn good one.
I mean, it does have its drawbacks. The camera, for one, is horrible and at times can really mess things up, especially during combat. And this particular version of the game has a few strange bugs, but nothing game breaking (except for one at the end of the game which forced me to reload my last save).
Those things aside however, the game is really solid. The gameplay is fun and quite a bit challenging, there are lots of platforming sections and environmental puzzles which are fun to go through. The story is... all right, nothing earth shattering but engaging enough and well executed, in my opinion.
If you haven't played it already, please do so, you will most likely enjoy it. Anyone interested in platforming should give this game a chance. And if you're not interested in platforming, give it a shot anyway, who knows, you might get into it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
One of the best platformers ever made. Great parkour sections, well animated and challenging to boot. The sequels never managed to top this one, whether it comes to story or gameplay (though the sequels vastly improved the combat system, I'll give them that).

Has aged relatively well, though I don't remember the game having such awful washed out colours on PS2 as it does on PC. Get a good SweetFX setting to resolve this.

Only fault of the game is the repetitive and simplistic combat, but it's animated well enough as to not be TOO annoying. Just figure out how to cheat the combat system so you can get to the platforming, which you'll mostly be doing anyway.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Pre-Release Review
The level design, the storytelling, and the ability to rewind time during intense platforming sessions all combine to create what has become one of my favourite games, that I have played through too many times to count.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
The first Prince of Persia game I played and probably the one I enjoyed the most. It was great while it lasted.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I can highly recommend this game to anyone who liked the original and would like to see a more modern iteration of the same type of gameplay. The puzzles and platform sequences are great fun, though the camera can sometimes cause a bit of confusion.

My only main complaint about the game is that there's just a tad too much hack and slash gameplay versus the 'sand of time zombies'. The original barely had any swordfights and mostly consisted of just evading traps etc. This game, when playing on hard such as I did, you'll sometimes be facing 5-6 enemies in a room who will also keep respawning 2-3 times. The developers should have understood they were making PoP, not a God of War game. So as it stands I give it an 8,0 out of 10 (would have been a 9,0 without the excessive combat sequences that pop up every now and then).

But definitely, buy this game and enjoy its great gameplay because it's so worth it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
What can I say?. Love at the first sight on this old beauty!. ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
MUST PLAY!!
Everyone have to play this legend game :)
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109 of 116 people (94%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
This game is a classic. Years after it's release, it is still one of the best, engrossing game which makes you nostalgic. The combat is so fluidic and the story is itself is very good. The game has it's own problems of common camera misalignment, but when in doubt over whether to buy this game, you have my recommendation.
9/10 from me.
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84 of 94 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
The game that changed my life forever. This masterpiece has it all:

- Amazing Story. (The plot is just a marvel.) 10/10
- Great Graphics. (I still can't believe this game was released back in 2003.) 10/10
- Fantastic Music. (The whole soundtrack was stunning. Perfectly scripted for every situation and utterly magnificent. Stuart Chatwood quickly became one of my favorite music composers.) 10/10
- Charming Voice Acting. (Yuri Lowenthal's voice alone was enough for the top score. The whole adventure is so beautifully narrated, so full of great ideas and outright perplexing figures of speech...) 10/10
- Addicting Gameplay. (A great mix of combat, acrobatic free-running and a some tricky puzzles.) 10/10
- Character Progression. (The game constantly updates the player with new powers, weapons and even clothing.) 10/10
- Diverse and Unique. (This game has some of the most beautiful surroundings I ever seen. Lots of unique enemies and locations to discover.) 10/10

This game is pure gold. The characters not only look amazing but they also feel... Alive. Totally different, each with it's own moral standing and their way of thinking. There is this good feeling when playing this game. Both the Prince and Farah are behaving as natural as it could get. They are very distant at the beginning, unmoved, cold. But as they make progress, they develop this feeling of mutual respect. Later on they become good friends. Joking and taunting each other in a very loving way. Check this monologue here:

"She said my love... I know she did. I didn't dream it... at least I think I didn't... It's quite natural really, her Kingdoms' conquered, she has nothing, no one to protect her. She needs me! I can see it in the way she looks at me. All I'd have to do is... Reach out and, take her hand... And she'd be mine! Why am I talking to myself ?!"

I have beat the game at least 5 times. Don't mind my Steam playing time. It was before I had purchased it here. And I don't regret a thing.

This game offers and unforgetable adventure. If you haven't still played it, do it. The best game in the franchise.



10/10
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Do I recommend this game? No! I strongly Insist that you should try it!

The "Prince" was one of the best titles even in 90's, but its 3D re-vision I am talking about - is definetely a mind-blowing piece of art! We've got a perfect mixture of both simple and catchy story, and a veeery enjoyable acrobatics, with tons of multi-levelled obstacles to climb, enemies to bring down...

Game is perfect!

Well, yeah, it's dated 11 years now, so we have visuals of PS2-era... But it was fascinating back then, and still looks pretty decent even on big screens. And it's the only dated part. Story - still fine, acrobatics (and control of it) - kicks asses, music - eternally fresh.
9/10 in my book.

PS Yeah, there is "fog" issue you might meet, if at first start all is blue and you don't see anything... worry not, just turn off that "fog" feature in video options and you'll be fine.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2013
The best game in the world. That's it. It's not a long game, but it'll make you play over, and over and over again, and you'll like it even more as you continue to play.
Its script is very well thought, and counts with impecable voice-actors. The soundtrack is just the best one that there's.
Even now, after ten years, The Sands of Time is a flawless game. Every single person will enjoy it.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Honestly one of the best games I have ever played, The story line was magnificent, the atmosphere, it all drew you. However the constant changing view points have resulted in my death in the game quite a bit, nonetheless magnificent scenery and captivatng story. The gameplay was a bit shakey but very wonderful, leaping through the air from beam to beam tends to exite someone, and this game created that feeling.

The addition of the sidescroller prince of persia minigames was excelent.

There were a few issues with playing on steam however, I noticed that it lacked the ability to "shift+tab" while in game. The ability to "alt+tab" still remains however it is a tedious thing to tab out of a game for the purposes of a message.

I did enjoy the soundtracks but there were some moments where it would not play during a fight and then start again at random intervals. Nonetheless this did not make the fighting less intense.

In summary a very well made game, it is astonishing to believe it has really been ten years since I have played it on the ps2.
I recomend this game for anyone who likes a good story over graphics.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
The platforming is excellent but the combat only serves to break up the platforming elements and to buff the game length. Regardless of that issue this game is a favorite of mine and my favorite in the series.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Ever since I bought this game for the PS2 back when it was first released, this game is still one of the best games to play for PS2 AND PC. Fun puzzles and it is not too challenging, at the same time you have a dagger that can take you back in time, slow down enemies, and even collect sand to make you stronger. Another cool part is, it's in HD. The graphics are awesome and way better then the PS2 version. This game has it all and I recommend this game to anyone who loves adventures and puzzles.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Pre-Release Review
A very solid and fun puzzle platformer, re-envisioning the old classic. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the most successful revivals in gaming history, and it is well deserved for having done so. The game is a third-person platformer interspersed with action segments featuring melee combat. A time-rewinding mechanic is present to assist both in combat and platforming, which can be recharged by defeating enemies.

The platforming is the focus of the game, and the combat serves more to break up the puzzles - the controls for combat are not as tight as those for platforming, so those sections of the gameplay can be a little less interesting/more frustrating.

The puzzles themselves are rather imaginative, and require some acrobatic moves in order to complete them.

While the graphics are starting to show their age, the game itself holds up. If you enjoy puzzle platformers, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not playing this game.
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