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 (479 reviews) - 88% of the 479 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2003

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About This Game

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


    • 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:
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Bought this game on Nov-2015 as a thank you for the good times I had playing this game long time back on Windows XP. Good story. Very engaging. Best played with a controller though. One thing I noticed while playing recently on Windows 10 64bit Home is that if FOG is turned on in game settings, then full display goes white. So had to turn off FOG and play and it worked fine. I totally recommend this game.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U @ 2.20GHz
Game Resolution: 1024x768, 60Hz
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 64bit Home
Controller: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for PC
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
how come he takes off his shirt but he never takes off his pants
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Force your monitor to 3:4 ratio and crank up the settings in the nvidia/ATI control panel, and the game looks pretty good. Pair it with the Steam controller and it plays like a modern day game - not a game that is 11 years old. Immensely fun! I had never played anything in this series until now.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
One of my all time favorites franchises. I still have the trilogy for the Xbox but can't play it due to the second two since they can't be played on Xbox 360. The controls are a little wonky at times, though, especially using a game pad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Personal rating: "Very Good" = 4/5

+ awesome fairy tale story
+ great work with narrative
+ save point system
+ puzzle, especially the ones with Farah
+ parkour with dagger time rewind
+ cutscenes
+ no uPlay

- graphical glitches
- clunky combat
- after a while the guard fighting gets repetitive
- really REALLY wobbly camera
- audio can go out of sync in rare occassions

An epic, although sometimes clunky, introduction to the classic Sands of Time trilogy. For me also introduction to Ubisoft games. And I really liked it. The story is awesome and has that fairy tale feeling to it. This is especially due to the fact that the game is mostly played in the past and is a story told by the narrator. So if you die the commentator says that this is not what happened and starts from a checkpoint. I love this and it makes it unique. The combat is fun for a while but having to battle guards over and over can get repetitive. But this game is more about the jumping, platforming, climbing and dodging. The parkour here is only flawed by the VERY weird camera shifting that killed me more times than enemies did. Luckily there is the dagger of time so you can rewind those mistakes. However it needs to be recharged so you have a limited number of tries. Overall a very cool game that has some bugs and annoying parts which mostly fade next to the epic story telling and puzzles. Recommended!

P.S.- the low game time is due to playing this game way back and just trying it out here if it works, which it mostly does although I had to disable Fog to see anything...
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