Prince of Persia Classic gives the original 2D adventure an extremely likeable modern twist. Gameloft has done a stunning job of giving the old backgrounds an exotic 3D makeover. Sometimes this kind of thing falls flat on its face, but with such an iconic game, it%26rsquo;s brilliant that the makeover has been so successful. The gameplay and level design are both identical to those of the Amiga classic, but everything else in the game packs a lot more detail.
The visual style ties in with Ubisoft%26rsquo;s Sands of Time trilogy, and this is most notable when it comes to the Prince, now also rendered in 3D. Nevertheless, Prince of Persia Classic is still a fiendishly difficult game. About 20 minutes in and we were wiping sweat from the pad, having stressed our way past spiked floors, undead warriors and a near-fatal brush with the Dark Prince.
Here%26rsquo;s where we hit the game%26rsquo;s biggest bugbear, the combat. There%26rsquo;s a timing-based parry system that allows you to deflect enemy attacks and then strike back. This starts out forgivingly, but soon becomes extremely fiddly, with enemies parrying all your attacks. It%26rsquo;s slightly irritating.
Prince of Persia Classic is fairly short and lacks any multiplayer modes, but it%26rsquo;s hugely refreshing to see the amount of effort that%26rsquo;s gone into updating it, and the game should be held up as a shining example of what can be achieved. If you are a fan of the original, you%26rsquo;re going to love this.
Dec 2, 2008