The Prince of Persia
series – by which I mean the Sands of Time
trilogy and not either the older or newer games – are a run of games that I have a serious ambivalence with. Like the Monkey Island
games, the Sands of Time
saga includes both some of my favourite and some of my most hated games.
The Monkey Island
game I hate is Escape from Monkey Island
, by the way. That game is about as likable as Satan’s mother in law and just thinking about it makes me angry. Likewise, I hate one of the Prince of Persia
games so much that I practice thinking about it in the early morning when I can’t be bothered to get out of bed – I hate it so much it gives me energy.
Let’s start with the good news though – The Sands of Time
. The first game in the revitalised trilogy, SoT
was the one which had the most input from franchise creator, Jordan Mechner – and it shows. Mechner is a truly interesting guy and is currently publishing his old journals
from the time when he developed the older PoP
games online, which makes for some good lunchtime reading.