Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a multi-platform video game produced by Ubisoft, which was released on May 18, 2010, in North America and on May 20 in Europe.
The game takes place during the seven-year gap between “The Sands of Time” and “Warrior Within.” By doing this, we are again treated to a happy go, lucky Prince. This person is charming and still idealistic in his approach to the world. Having been sent by his father, the king, to visit his brother, Malik, finds his brother’s castle under attack. This is where the players take control of the Prince. The story then follows the Prince, his brother, and a female genie to stop great darkness from covering the whole world in darkness and sand. The story has some predictable twists, but the presentation of the story is marked by cut scenes. It also pushes the story forward and some good commentary by the Prince himself while playing through the environments.
The bread and butter of any Prince of Persia game have always been the gameplay mechanics. The game takes us back to the previous trilogy’s acrobatic skills and gives the Prince back his “rewind” ability. And, something that many gamers missed in the re-imaging. Running on walls, jumping over spiked pits, these are all back. In addition to these old school gameplay mechanics; Ubisoft has any elemental powers which the Prince gains on his journey. The ability to “freeze” water has to be one of the coolest effects in the entire game. The Prince can use this feature to run up walls, across walls, or even turn fountains squirting water into poles to swing off of. Also added was the ability to upgrade the Prince’s abilities via a skill tree. The Prince gains experience by defeating enemies, and the player is given complete control over which powers the Prince can develop.
The puzzles that the Prince must solve to traverse these environments aren’t too difficult. Therefore it’s straightforward to solve. On one occasion, the puzzle is solved by having the Prince’s internal monologue tell you how to solve it.