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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003)

A young prince with expert fighting skills acquires the Dagger of Time, and unknowingly releases the powerful Sands of Time with it. Now he is trapped in a palace with sand creatures and must undo the unfortunate deed he has done.


Patrice Désilets (as Patrice Desilets)


Jordan Mechner

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Cast overview:
Yuri Lowenthal ... Prince / Palace Guard (voice)
Joanna Wasick Joanna Wasick ... Farah (voice)
Barry Dennen ... Vizier (voice)
William Frederick Knight ... Sultan (voice) (as William Knight)
Warren Burton Warren Burton ... King Shahraman (voice)


In ancient Persia, a young prince and his father's army raid a city where the prince acquires the Dagger of Time. With captured women of the palace and the dagger in their clutches, the army heads to the palace of the Maharajah to show him the dagger. In the Maharajah's throne room is the Hourglass in which the dagger is embedded into. The prince places the dagger into the hourglass where without realizing it, he releases the ancient Sands of Time. Now with the entire palace infected with sand creatures and dilapidated into ruin, only three remain: The Prince, Farah and the evil Vizier. You must play as the prince and use the dagger as your ultimate weapon with Farah as your sidekick and the Vizier as your ultimate enemy. Written by commanderblue

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In My Quest for Redemption, I Must Control Time Itself


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Release Date:

4 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Ubisoft Montreal See more »
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Did You Know?


The death of the character Farah was inspired in the final scene of the game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. See more »


Farah: [after Farah has accidentally shot the Prince during a previous fight] You go ahead. I'll cover you!
Prince: Please don't. You're liable to hit me.
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Alternate Versions

In the PS2 and GCN versions, the original Prince of Persia is unlocked through a special wall. In the Xbox version, the original Prince of Persia is unlocked by beating the game, and Prince of Persia 2 is unlocked through the special wall (the other versions lack this as an unlockable). See more »

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Jordan Mechner and Ubisoft have truly created a classic.
13 September 2005 | by Ramses_EmersonSee all my reviews

Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Why? Let me tell you why.

Story: This game has one of the best stories in any game (ever). It was written by the Creator of the original Prince of Persia game (made back in 1989) Jordan Mechner, who also wrote what may be the best adventure game ever made The Last Express (1997). Jordan weaves the complicated narrative into a story that is exciting, romantic, and actually intriguing and involving. The characters are interesting and complex and the hero is far more interesting then most video game heroes (not you're typical one-liner spewing space marine).

Sound: The sound design in this game is excellent. The voice acting is very good for the most part. But, what makes the sound design really remarkable is the excellent soundtrack by Stuart Chatwood. He skillfully mixes traditional Middle Eastern music with electric guitar and drums and some excellent vocals. The music reminded me of the wonderful score for Gladiator (2000).

Graphics and Animation: The graphics in Sands of Time are breathtaking! The environments and characters are amazingly detailed and rendered. So much attention to detail on every character and area. And best of all the videos in the game are absolutely stunning, at first glance you will think you are watching a live-action Hollywood movie. The Prince is animated very well and the game manages to make all of his very acrobatic moves look real. They developers also gave him and the other characters very realistic facial animations.

Game play: And most importantly of all the game play, all those other attributes don't really matter if the game isn't fun, and this game is most definitely fun! Most of the game play consists of getting from one place to another in the giant palace that the entire game takes place in. The fun part is how you get there. The prince is some what of a Middle Eastern ninja in the way that he can run along and up walls. The game isn't to big on traditional puzzles, in Sands of Time the environments are the puzzles. The most flawed part of the game is easily the combat, it starts out great, with you being able to pull of all sorts of moves like jumping over an enemies head and slashing them in the back, however as the game progresses the enemies begin to be able to block all the interesting attacks and thus you are forced to use only a few different moves. This is a minor complaint considering how good the rest of the game is.

NOTE ABOUT DIFFERENT VERSIONS: The Xbox version of the game is the best all things considered. If you have any of the three consoles (PS2, Xbox or Gamecube) I recommend that you buy it for one them. However, if you only have a PC don't deny yourself this fantastic game.

Overall: The game is an excellent, well written, amazing looking, involving and entertaining experience. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys games. 5 out of 5.

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