Per Ubisoft's web site, Prince of Persia Retro is on its way to the App Store. We don't know many specifics yet other than this appears to be a port of the classic Prince of Persia from 1989. Originally released on the Apple II, Prince of Persia went on to find a home on nearly every device capable of playing the game over the years along with spawning an entire video game series with its own high-budget action movie due to be released on the 28th of this month.

The basic premise of Prince of Persia is similar to that of most classic platformers in that you're racing against a timer overcoming various obstacles all to save a princess. In this case, the game is set in ancient Persia and you're facing off against the sultan's evil vizier, Jaffar. The original version of the game needed to be completed in an hour, and from the sound of it, the iPhone port will be no different.

Aside from that, all we really know is that it will obviously have some kind of touch screen controls, and the Ubisoft site mentions the iPad amongst the list of supported devices. It's unclear if this only means the iPhone version will also run on the iPad, or if Ubisoft is planning on either releasing a HD version of Prince of Persia or simply developing the game as a universal app.

Curiously enough, Ubisoft mentions 4/29/2010 as the release date of Prince of Persia Retro. The game doesn't seem to have been released yet, but since it has been almost a month since their original planned release date we might be playing Prince of Persia sooner than we think.

We're definitely adding Prince of Persia Retro to our App Store watch lists, and we also have a thread on our forums if you're looking to join in on the speculation of how soon the game will be released.

  • Kinl

    The original POP was a great game and you'd think it'd be released pretty soon to coincide with the new POP release.

  • Kinl

    The original POP was a great game and you'd think it'd be released pretty soon to coincide with the new POP release.

  • alexsmokin72

    well its probably gonna have a simultaneous release with the movie so I'm expecting the weekend of the 28th, also, I'm disgusted that ubisoft is so lazy that they only choose to make the cheapest possible side scrollers in order to get the most bang for their buck

  • trystero

    Wow... I was just thinking yesterday how much I would rather have this instead of any new PoP game... Spent a lot of time with this back in the day. Touch controls are going to drive some people crazy though when timing those jumps.

  • alexsmokin72

    well its probably gonna have a simultaneous release with the movie so I'm expecting the weekend of the 28th, also, I'm disgusted that ubisoft is so lazy that they only choose to make the cheapest possible side scrollers in order to get the most bang for their buck

  • trystero

    Wow... I was just thinking yesterday how much I would rather have this instead of any new PoP game... Spent a lot of time with this back in the day. Touch controls are going to drive some people crazy though when timing those jumps.

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    OMG !!!
    I love Prince Of Persia. The original one and the second one, none of that "cool" 3D crap that's now on the consoles and even in theaters.

    Definately will buy it!!

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    OMG !!!
    I love Prince Of Persia. The original one and the second one, none of that "cool" 3D crap that's now on the consoles and even in theaters.

    Definately will buy it!!

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    Wow, that's great news, another classic game! I remember playing the original Prince of Persia way back when. Always loved the look of the rotoscoped character animations... Added to my "must-buy" list :D

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    Wow, that's great news, another classic game! I remember playing the original Prince of Persia way back when. Always loved the look of the rotoscoped character animations... Added to my "must-buy" list :D

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    I also hope it will have that funny smack-into-a-wall feature, forgot if it was in 1 or 2. When you walked into a wall while standing right in front of it, you smacked your head :)

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    I also hope it will have that funny smack-into-a-wall feature, forgot if it was in 1 or 2. When you walked into a wall while standing right in front of it, you smacked your head :)

  • Stan Winstone

    NICE- can't wait.

  • Stan Winstone

    NICE- can't wait.

  • Ralph

    Now we need Dark Castle.

    • MrMuesli

      Dark Castle....god that game was hard. I'm not sure I want to put myself through that again, but then again...

      • JCat

        Agreed - I'm from that era lol and Dark Castle to me, was unplayable in my opinion. I so much wanted to love it, but couldn't.

    • Ouisch

      Whoa, there's a blast from the past. I think I'd put myself through that again. The game was great... painfully difficult at times, but great.

  • Ralph

    Now we need Dark Castle.

    • MrMuesli

      Dark Castle....god that game was hard. I'm not sure I want to put myself through that again, but then again...

      • JCat

        Agreed - I'm from that era lol and Dark Castle to me, was unplayable in my opinion. I so much wanted to love it, but couldn't.

    • Ouisch

      Whoa, there's a blast from the past. I think I'd put myself through that again. The game was great... painfully difficult at times, but great.

  • VeganTnT

    I'm pretty sure it's still coming out on 4/29/2010

    Once they're done they can use the sands of time to submit it before the deadline ;)

  • VeganTnT

    I'm pretty sure it's still coming out on 4/29/2010

    Once they're done they can use the sands of time to submit it before the deadline ;)

  • illegal Danish

    Is it just me or does he look just like Aladdin, lol

  • illegal Danish

    Is it just me or does he look just like Aladdin, lol

  • Ron Holland

    why not the xbox 360 arcade version :(

  • Ron Holland

    why not the xbox 360 arcade version :(

  • DotComCTO

    I *loved* this game back in the day while playing this on my Atari computer (which I still have in perfect working order!). I played this non-stop until I finished it. Ahhh. The good old retro days!

  • DotComCTO

    I *loved* this game back in the day while playing this on my Atari computer (which I still have in perfect working order!). I played this non-stop until I finished it. Ahhh. The good old retro days!

  • lookmark

    Oooh. Cool.

    Jordan Mechner is the bestest.

  • lookmark

    Oooh. Cool.

    Jordan Mechner is the bestest.

  • Mindfield

    PoP was a great game. Loved it back in the day, so I'll be looking forward to this. Is it just me though or do those screenshots look ever-so-slightly enhanced graphically? Seems a bit higher resolution than I remember -- like they redid the assets at 480x320 instead of using the original 320x200 assets.

  • Mindfield

    PoP was a great game. Loved it back in the day, so I'll be looking forward to this. Is it just me though or do those screenshots look ever-so-slightly enhanced graphically? Seems a bit higher resolution than I remember -- like they redid the assets at 480x320 instead of using the original 320x200 assets.

  • Isaac

    Wow... I remember playing this game so much when it first came out... I was never able to beat a certain boss though. Huh, I still have the computer diskette thingy for the old Mac's and the guides to the game. I definitely will pick this game up.

  • Isaac

    Wow... I remember playing this game so much when it first came out... I was never able to beat a certain boss though. Huh, I still have the computer diskette thingy for the old Mac's and the guides to the game. I definitely will pick this game up.

  • JORDZ

    didnt the original have a blond guy with an all white outfit???

    • JCat

      Long live 2D! Hey, didn't he do Karateka also? I can see there are some old Apple IIe / C64 people around.

  • JORDZ

    didnt the original have a blond guy with an all white outfit???

    • JCat

      Long live 2D! Hey, didn't he do Karateka also? I can see there are some old Apple IIe / C64 people around.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I want Karateka too!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I want Karateka too!

  • TheFamousEccles

    Oddly enough, I've never played a Prince of Persia game, and I think I'd prefer to lose my Persginity to this than Gameloft's port.

  • TheFamousEccles

    Oddly enough, I've never played a Prince of Persia game, and I think I'd prefer to lose my Persginity to this than Gameloft's port.

  • Anonymous

    Yay for unmanageable controls!

  • Anonymous

    Yay for unmanageable controls!

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Is the music by Tommy Tallarico???? :) (big fan!)

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Is the music by Tommy Tallarico???? :) (big fan!)

  • http://www.igornemirovsky.com Igor

    Hm... anybody else notice those screenshots are from PoP II... not the first game? While also a cool game in its own right, I'd love the chance to play the original again. (Or did I miss something?)

  • http://www.igornemirovsky.com Igor

    Hm... anybody else notice those screenshots are from PoP II... not the first game? While also a cool game in its own right, I'd love the chance to play the original again. (Or did I miss something?)

  • Han

    Should have ported XBLA Prince of Persia Classic.

  • Han

    Should have ported XBLA Prince of Persia Classic.

  • http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za Alex Lee

    Those screen shots are actually from the FIRST Prince of Persia game, for the Macintosh. Yep, the Mac version had the best graphics of the 'original' release of Prince of Persia.

    • dave

      LOL, Those screen shots look nothing like the original, I hope they add the option to play with classic graphics, the new ones take away alot of the charm of the original.

      • munkee

        No it's actually quite close to the original, the very first Prince of Persia. The blonde guy with all white clothes with uglier graphics is from the PC version. Mac used to be gaming haven where all beautiful games were released, eg. Prince of Persia and Myst (the devs said Mac users are more likely to appreciate ART than PC users).

  • http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za Alex Lee

    Those screen shots are actually from the FIRST Prince of Persia game, for the Macintosh. Yep, the Mac version had the best graphics of the 'original' release of Prince of Persia.

    • dave

      LOL, Those screen shots look nothing like the original, I hope they add the option to play with classic graphics, the new ones take away alot of the charm of the original.

      • munkee

        No it's actually quite close to the original, the very first Prince of Persia. The blonde guy with all white clothes with uglier graphics is from the PC version. Mac used to be gaming haven where all beautiful games were released, eg. Prince of Persia and Myst (the devs said Mac users are more likely to appreciate ART than PC users).

  • Septimus

    Good news. I would have preferred the option to switch to the Amiga styled graphics.

    Also, why not the updated version that is available on 360/PS3?

  • Septimus

    Good news. I would have preferred the option to switch to the Amiga styled graphics.

    Also, why not the updated version that is available on 360/PS3?

  • MaGCoL

    I'm definitely buying this when released. I really loved the game on mac back in the day.

    It was too hard for me back then, maybe this time around I could actually finish it! :D

  • MaGCoL

    I'm definitely buying this when released. I really loved the game on mac back in the day.

    It was too hard for me back then, maybe this time around I could actually finish it! :D

  • Crunc

    I enjoyed this game on the Mac way back when. If they get the controls right, I'm in.

  • Crunc

    I enjoyed this game on the Mac way back when. If they get the controls right, I'm in.

  • Mihir

    Does anyone have an idea about what this will cost?

  • Mihir

    Does anyone have an idea about what this will cost?

  • Shubes

    Added to my "Buy Immediately" list; I had so much fun playing the original PoP and PoP2 under DOS on a PC. Glad they're bringing the original back. I would love to see the original—cheesy graphics and all!—"Alone In The Dark" on iPhone, too! Used to play that game with all the lights turned off and it would scare the bejabbers out of me!

  • Shubes

    Added to my "Buy Immediately" list; I had so much fun playing the original PoP and PoP2 under DOS on a PC. Glad they're bringing the original back. I would love to see the original—cheesy graphics and all!—"Alone In The Dark" on iPhone, too! Used to play that game with all the lights turned off and it would scare the bejabbers out of me!

  • Anthony

    I love this game. But I do agree, why not use the XBLA version. That was done really well. I too would also love to see OOTW and AITD would also be awesome. Also isn't there a POP Sands based game coming to the DS/PSP and Itouch?

  • Anthony

    I love this game. But I do agree, why not use the XBLA version. That was done really well. I too would also love to see OOTW and AITD would also be awesome. Also isn't there a POP Sands based game coming to the DS/PSP and Itouch?

  • http://fulllengthmoviedownloads.net/ Ashley Pelt

    What a fun and romantic movie! Ben Kingsley and Jake was perfect! I really enjoyed all their full length movies from before too!

  • http://fulllengthmoviedownloads.net/ Ashley Pelt

    What a fun and romantic movie! Ben Kingsley and Jake was perfect! I really enjoyed all their full length movies from before too!