In what would appear to be a perfect storm of awesomeness comes a completely surprising release from Ubisoft. Earlier this month we posted some vague details on Prince of Persia Retro [99¢] based on a small blurb and a few screenshots found on the Ubisoft web site. And while I had high expectations of the game, given its classic roots, I never would have imagined that Ubisoft would not only push the game out as a universal iPhone/iPad title on day one, but also launch at 99¢.

In the game, you must save a princess from the evil Persian vizier, Jaffar. You have an hour to do it, and in between you and her are tons of enemies to fight and obstacles to overcome. My initial impressions of the game are positive so far, but like most games designed for physical controls then ported to the iPhone, I have found myself fat fingering some jumps and generally just making play mistakes because of the inherent inaccuracies of virtual controls.

Impressions are rolling in from forum members in the Prince of Persia Retro thread, where the controls are being discussed at length. Given the price and compatibility of the game as a universal app, Prince of Persia Retro is going to be nearly impossible for any classic gamer to pass up.

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  • Mr. Gates

    Requires 3.1.3 Update,.....I'll pass

    • iPadGamer

      You do that, and those of us with 3.1.3 will enjoy it.

    • http://www.dot8studio.com Pierre

      I agree with you.
      I find it annoying that I am forced to upgrade so often. Yet I am almost certain most of those apps don't use a single feature of the new SDK. Why don't they simply go with a lower version?

      • glon

        "Forced to upgrade so often"?

        Are you serious? How often does Apple release iOS updates? Quarterly?

        "Why don't they simply go with a lower version?"

        Why don't you simply update your phone?

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        New SDK versions is not just new features. It's also bug fixes. Targeting the latest versions always reduces problems for the game developer/publisher. Besides, if you're not jailbroken or unlocked, upgrading is hardly a problem. Even if you're jailbroken, there are ways to easily get everything back as it was. If you're unlocked and can't afford to upgrade the basebase, then, yeah. Shit.

      • syipisa

        i agree with the others turd.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      So it breaks your jailbreak, so what? Upgrade or don't, but complaining about developers not supporting old versions of the OS is braindead.

      • Mr. Gates

        All I was Saying is that it requires the 3.1.3 Update. I have my reasons not to upgrade. I am Unlocked but not Jailbroken. Chill out, I would buy this game if I could. As for the reason they chose 3.1.3, I understand : Universal Compatibility for both iPhone AND iPad. Still ,...I'll pass

  • Mr. Gates

    Requires 3.1.3 Update,.....I'll pass

    • iPadGamer

      You do that, and those of us with 3.1.3 will enjoy it.

    • http://www.dot8studio.com Pierre

      I agree with you.
      I find it annoying that I am forced to upgrade so often. Yet I am almost certain most of those apps don't use a single feature of the new SDK. Why don't they simply go with a lower version?

      • glon

        "Forced to upgrade so often"?

        Are you serious? How often does Apple release iOS updates? Quarterly?

        "Why don't they simply go with a lower version?"

        Why don't you simply update your phone?

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        New SDK versions is not just new features. It's also bug fixes. Targeting the latest versions always reduces problems for the game developer/publisher. Besides, if you're not jailbroken or unlocked, upgrading is hardly a problem. Even if you're jailbroken, there are ways to easily get everything back as it was. If you're unlocked and can't afford to upgrade the basebase, then, yeah. Shit.

      • syipisa

        i agree with the others turd.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      So it breaks your jailbreak, so what? Upgrade or don't, but complaining about developers not supporting old versions of the OS is braindead.

      • Mr. Gates

        All I was Saying is that it requires the 3.1.3 Update. I have my reasons not to upgrade. I am Unlocked but not Jailbroken. Chill out, I would buy this game if I could. As for the reason they chose 3.1.3, I understand : Universal Compatibility for both iPhone AND iPad. Still ,...I'll pass

  • JCat

    Wow, classic awesome game, Universal release AND .99? All this from a big corp? Rubs eyes.. There's hope for the human race after all! Thank you Ubisoft!

  • JCat

    Wow, classic awesome game, Universal release AND .99? All this from a big corp? Rubs eyes.. There's hope for the human race after all! Thank you Ubisoft!

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Well... No big problem with controls, it runs smooth on iP3G, delivers the feeling of oldschool right to your fingers. Well spent 0,79€ :)

    BTW - frustrating like always. And beatiful as always. In other words - a gem!

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Well... No big problem with controls, it runs smooth on iP3G, delivers the feeling of oldschool right to your fingers. Well spent 0,79€ :)

    BTW - frustrating like always. And beatiful as always. In other words - a gem!

  • ultimo

    Does it have the same-ish sound?

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Sounds like the Mac version to me, very twangy. Looks like it too. Controls encourage cautious play but they're as good as you could expect -- just digital keys for each direction, nothing fancy or new.

      • ultimo

        i'll hav to Dig tht :)

  • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

    Does it have the same-ish sound?

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Sounds like the Mac version to me, very twangy. Looks like it too. Controls encourage cautious play but they're as good as you could expect -- just digital keys for each direction, nothing fancy or new.

      • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

        i'll hav to Dig tht :)

  • Jon

    A Dollar!!!! Holy Crap. You are an insane person if you don't get this.

  • Jon

    A Dollar!!!! Holy Crap. You are an insane person if you don't get this.

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

    Insane fine. Just awesome.

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

    Insane fine. Just awesome.

  • kevin

    well as a Persian myself, i could not be more proud! :)

  • kevin

    well as a Persian myself, i could not be more proud! :)

  • http://www.daintybaby.com/product_p/upsshrnk.htm Shrinkx Hips

    best game out there and its only $1 you need to get this game awesome

  • http://www.daintybaby.com/product_p/upsshrnk.htm Shrinkx Hips

    best game out there and its only $1 you need to get this game awesome

  • DotComCTO

    One of my favorite games back in the day. I played this all the way through to completion and loved it. Certainly well worth the $0.99. It looks great on the iPad.

    The controls took a few minutes to get used to, but I'm all set now. I'd like the controls to be a little more transparent. I don't love the controls, but they do work, and I'm not there are better options.

  • DotComCTO

    One of my favorite games back in the day. I played this all the way through to completion and loved it. Certainly well worth the $0.99. It looks great on the iPad.

    The controls took a few minutes to get used to, but I'm all set now. I'd like the controls to be a little more transparent. I don't love the controls, but they do work, and I'm not there are better options.

  • glon

    Ok plyed this and deleted after 5 minutes. Issue? Controls.

    First, as mentioned, they should be a lot more transparent.

    Second, the up button should be bigger as it's the jump button and if you miss a jump you know what happens to Prince.

    Third, there is no walk button??? FFS the original had it AFAIR, why not this one and how are you supposed to come close to a gap?

    Another impulse purchase that I will forever regret :(

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      Walking is easy, just push the big actionbutton (the screen) while you walk.

  • glon

    Ok plyed this and deleted after 5 minutes. Issue? Controls.

    First, as mentioned, they should be a lot more transparent.

    Second, the up button should be bigger as it's the jump button and if you miss a jump you know what happens to Prince.

    Third, there is no walk button??? FFS the original had it AFAIR, why not this one and how are you supposed to come close to a gap?

    Another impulse purchase that I will forever regret :(

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      Walking is easy, just push the big actionbutton (the screen) while you walk.

  • Anthony

    I hope they bring POP2 as well.

  • Anthony

    I hope they bring POP2 as well.

  • Cameron

    I've had no problems with the controls. I got used to them immediately and they haven't given me any trouble. I love this game, and I wasn't even alive when this game came out. Thi is my first time playing it and it's awesome.

  • Cameron

    I've had no problems with the controls. I got used to them immediately and they haven't given me any trouble. I love this game, and I wasn't even alive when this game came out. Thi is my first time playing it and it's awesome.

  • Rosh

    Is it possible to compleate the game with these controls?

    • PoP Fan

      Very possible. I did it a few hours ago :). Don't forget that pressing somewhere away from the keys will cause you to move more slowly.

    • munkee

      Yes as long as you know what you're doing, eg. How to tip-toe, how to hang on the ledge, etc. The instruction is so not clear but you can use the action button for all those.

  • Rosh

    Is it possible to compleate the game with these controls?

    • PoP Fan

      Very possible. I did it a few hours ago :). Don't forget that pressing somewhere away from the keys will cause you to move more slowly.

    • munkee

      Yes as long as you know what you're doing, eg. How to tip-toe, how to hang on the ledge, etc. The instruction is so not clear but you can use the action button for all those.

  • Blades

    Controls are not that bad. I was worried they were going to have some stupid Analog joystick, which I don't think would be suited for this game at all. However, I only say this as I played this game with my keyboard arrow keys on my 386 back in the day.

    As others have said, they could be more transparent though, you almost don't see the sword laying on the ground in the first level.

    This was a hard game to finish and it still is. Well worth $1.

    ;

  • Blades

    Controls are not that bad. I was worried they were going to have some stupid Analog joystick, which I don't think would be suited for this game at all. However, I only say this as I played this game with my keyboard arrow keys on my 386 back in the day.

    As others have said, they could be more transparent though, you almost don't see the sword laying on the ground in the first level.

    This was a hard game to finish and it still is. Well worth $1.

    ;

  • Stevo

    I was a big fan of the original, but I was kind of hoping that they would release Prince of Persia Classic from Xbox Live Arcade. The new one looks good though. I'm downloading it now.

  • Stevo

    I was a big fan of the original, but I was kind of hoping that they would release Prince of Persia Classic from Xbox Live Arcade. The new one looks good though. I'm downloading it now.

  • JustAGamer

    OMG! I used to play this game alot. I am downloading it as I type.

    A little about OS 3.1.3

    I hesitated for more than a month, before I finally upgraded my OS from 3.1.2 to 3.1.3 It is true that nothing change much with the new SDK. BUT, overtime more and more apps and games will required 3.1.3 to run them. Even some of the older apps need the new SDK after their latest upgrades.

    Well unless you are willing to forgo more and more apps and games in the future, 3.1.3 is the way to go.

    Now I am using 3.1.3 and never regretted. Just my two cents worth.

    • Mr. Gates

      Do you have an Unlocked iPhone and Live in another country where there is no other way to make the damn thing work? Otherwise,.... yea I would totally upgrade

  • JustAGamer

    OMG! I used to play this game alot. I am downloading it as I type.

    A little about OS 3.1.3

    I hesitated for more than a month, before I finally upgraded my OS from 3.1.2 to 3.1.3 It is true that nothing change much with the new SDK. BUT, overtime more and more apps and games will required 3.1.3 to run them. Even some of the older apps need the new SDK after their latest upgrades.

    Well unless you are willing to forgo more and more apps and games in the future, 3.1.3 is the way to go.

    Now I am using 3.1.3 and never regretted. Just my two cents worth.

    • Mr. Gates

      Do you have an Unlocked iPhone and Live in another country where there is no other way to make the damn thing work? Otherwise,.... yea I would totally upgrade

  • seearees

    can someone please tell me how to get past the first bad guy? I can't figure it out!!!

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      First go get the sword all the way to the left of the level and then kill the bad guy.

  • seearees

    can someone please tell me how to get past the first bad guy? I can't figure it out!!!

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      First go get the sword all the way to the left of the level and then kill the bad guy.

  • Al

    can someone shed some light as to why this game is 55mb, when the original DOS version is less than 1mb (593k zipped, to be precise - i still keep the original diskette version)?

    i am sure the graphic and sound is 100 times better (yes, that was soaked in sarcasm), plus the princess-in-distress will do my laundry when i rescue her.

    • Ben

      Graphics were a lot simpler on the DOS version, and I believe it didn't have digital sound... just MIDI for the sound effects and music.

    • Adam

      Yeah, the graphics have been totally overhauled since the DOS version. In fact, our little prince looked nothing more than a small pumpkin-head floating over a pajama-clad body. I guess they had to make some concessions giving the minimal pushing-power of my old 12 MHz 386 (ahh, those were the days...)

      Also, does anyone remember the primitive anti-piracy checks every so often between levels, aka those stages where you have to look up which potion to drink in your game manual, and if you drank the wrong one you were instantly poisoned?

  • Al

    can someone shed some light as to why this game is 55mb, when the original DOS version is less than 1mb (593k zipped, to be precise - i still keep the original diskette version)?

    i am sure the graphic and sound is 100 times better (yes, that was soaked in sarcasm), plus the princess-in-distress will do my laundry when i rescue her.

    • Ben

      Graphics were a lot simpler on the DOS version, and I believe it didn't have digital sound... just MIDI for the sound effects and music.

    • Adam

      Yeah, the graphics have been totally overhauled since the DOS version. In fact, our little prince looked nothing more than a small pumpkin-head floating over a pajama-clad body. I guess they had to make some concessions giving the minimal pushing-power of my old 12 MHz 386 (ahh, those were the days...)

      Also, does anyone remember the primitive anti-piracy checks every so often between levels, aka those stages where you have to look up which potion to drink in your game manual, and if you drank the wrong one you were instantly poisoned?

  • prince

    i didnt like the controls. i wanted a "shift" button to walk/attack/hold

  • prince

    i didnt like the controls. i wanted a "shift" button to walk/attack/hold

  • phatbhuda

    Instant purchase if it wasn't published by Ubisoft. I'm trying my best not to give them money because of their ridiculous DRM on their Windows games.

  • phatbhuda

    Instant purchase if it wasn't published by Ubisoft. I'm trying my best not to give them money because of their ridiculous DRM on their Windows games.

Prince of Persia® Retro Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4