Still from the game. , Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Jordan Mechner's 1989 prince of persia remains an unforgettable classic, acclaimed for its fluid rotoscoped animation and jaw-dropping swordplay. Since then, the eponymous prince has spawned several reboots. sands of time Ubisoft's signature parkour and time-bending mechanics were introduced, later echoed in the Assassin's Creed series. now we have lost crown, a remake that revisits its side-scrolling roots with stunning 2D-meets-3D graphics. Does this new title earn its place in the Prince of Persia legacy, and can it reignite interest after so long?
I initially expected a predictable “save the prince” story, but was surprised by the depth of the story. As one of The Immortals, elite warriors protecting the Persian Empire, our hero, Sargon, is tasked with rescuing a kidnapped prince, with a traitor in their midst. The quest leads to Mount Quaff, a cursed mountain steeped in legend that points to a deeper conspiracy involving witchcraft.
lost crownIts world steeped in history and mythology is entertaining. As Sargon wields time magic and battles mythical beasts and the undead, encounters arise frequently. God of warEpic scale. The cast, especially The Immortals, are well designed and add personality. The disruption of the game's timeline creates visually interesting platforming challenges, adding variety to the story.
For anime fans, combat is a treat. Expect quick strikes, neon slashes, screen-filling power and stylish 2D finishers with dynamic camera angles and vibrant backgrounds. The platforming features acrobatic double jumps and avoidance by leaving blue trails, while the cinematically shot cutscenes complement the hand-painted art style, reminiscent of the Spiderverse films. This side-scroller packs a visual punch with blockbuster production values.
lost crown Follows the Metroidvania genre (popularized by side-scrolling games). Metroid And Castlevania), offers large, interconnected levels that require exploration to unlock new paths. However, it sets itself apart with a more dynamic combat system. Risky aggression is rewarded with precise defense, parry and mastery of mechanics. The battle becomes a graceful dance of blades, with each successful parry offering a satisfying visual and tactile explosion. However, mistakes are punished immediately.
The game's bosses are intelligent, well-designed, and unforgiving. More than just a skill test, they force you to learn and adapt to their patterns. The key to victory is aggressive study and perseverance.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
price: ₹3499 on Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC, Nintendo Switch
The platforming levels are often reminiscent of the 1989 game, featuring challenging puzzle-like obstacle courses with spikes and traps. Although the action and platforming may seem daunting, the controls are simple, the mechanics are easy to learn, and the combat system is engaging.
I reviewed this game on an older Nintendo Switch, and it ran smoothly without any slowdown, looking great on both the big screen and the Switch's OLED display. While larger consoles may offer fewer graphical enhancements, this game's playability is a big plus. Consider the Steam Deck or Switch version if you travel frequently.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown It is a wonderful game. Lovingly crafted and packed with new lore, it revitalizes the series by embracing the Metroidvania style and delivering a dynamic, visually stunning experience. Whether this new direction appeals to existing fans remains to be seen.