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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


January 22, 2019  (originally published May 31, 2011)

Gamer Tuesday Special: The Prince of Persia Series and Disney

On the last Gamer Tuesday, I asked the following...
"Recently, Disney released a live action film based on a very popular Ubisoft franchise. What was the name of the movie and the video game franchise?"

The answer to that is "The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," and the video game franchise is, of course, Prince of Persia.

The movie was released on May 28, 2010, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starred Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular prince, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.

The film was actually based on the Ubisoft game of the same name, but before all of that, let's look at how the franchise got started. Prince of Persia was created by Jordan Mechner, his first game in the series released for the Apple II computer in 1989. The story behind the game took place in Ancient Persia. While the king was away on war, his loyal vizzier Jaffar kidnaps the princess and locks her away in a tower, forcing her to marry him in order to become sultan. That's when the Prince comes in. Players must guide him through many traps and dangerous dungeons in order to save the princess in less than 60 minutes.

Any similarities between this game and Disney's Aladdin and merely coincidental, although it was clearly inspired by the Aladdin tale.

What was so neat about it was that it featured rotoscoped animation that made the character sprites move as realistically as possible. A strong emphasis was placed upon strategic platforming. This meant that players had to be careful with the platforms as it would mean certain doom. It was a slower but very fascinating take on platforming and combat games.

This game was very successful, which in turn became a cult classic. A sequel, The Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame, was released soon after. But the series would remain relatively obscure until Ubisoft released The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for all major gaming systems in the fall of 2003.

The story behind the game is that the Prince (no first game is ever mentioned) has obtained a special dagger that allows him to manipulate time. In terms of gameplay, what this means is that players could rewind the game to a time before they made a mistake, allowing them to avoid making the same mistakes and gain an advantage over their enemies.. At the time, the mix of high octane platforming with sword and dagger battles made The Sands of Time on of the best games of the year.

Such was the success of this game that two more games were released featuring similar mechanics: Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. Since then, Prince of Persia has become one of Ubisoft's most popular franchises, with the Prince appearing on several of their games.

Now, what about the Disney film version? The film followed the plot of the games very well, and it also included some elements of the sequels. It did, however, received some very mixed reviews, many criticizing its slow pace. Some claimed that this was Disney's attempt at starting a Pirates of the Caribbean-like film series, right down to hiring Jerry Bruckheimer as the film's producer. Many were also hopeful that if this movie was successful enough, other movies based on the Prince's other video game adventures would be released.

Admittedly, as far as video game to film adaptations go, this is one of the better ones. The art design, cinematography and locales looked beautiful, and the acting is solid overall. So if you are a Disney fan who went to see Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time last year and wondered what was so special about it, hope this article cleared any doubts.

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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