In a bit of a surprise today, Ubisoft released Prince of Persia Classic [99¢] into the App Store. Now you might be thinking, "Hey, Ubisoft. Didn't y0u already release a classic version of Jordan Mechner's influential platform adventure last year?" And the answer to that is, yes, it's called Prince of Persia Retro [99¢]. That game was basically a perfect port of one of the earliest versions of the game, Prince of Persia for Macintosh, with some very sub-standard virtual controls tacked on. The nostalgia factor was there, plus it was cheap and Universal, but Prince of Persia Retro was far from the ideal way to play such a finicky game that demanded precision control.

Today's release is actually another port, this time from the 2007 Prince of Persia remake that was available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Prince of Persia Classic is essentially the exact same game as the original – same level layouts, same enemies and hazards, same storyline and one hour time limit – but completely redone with fantastic 3D visuals and what appears to be a more zoomed in camera to better suit iOS. Sure, if you're a purist then that might not sound like such a great thing. But if you love the original gameplay and can appreciate a shiny new coat of paint, then Prince of Persia Classic fully delivers.

As for the translation from controller to touch screen, obviously it's much more difficult without tactile feedback but at the very least the controls feel leaps and bounds better than those in Prince of Persia Retro. There's a more intuitive use of action buttons, and there is a slider for movement as opposed to directional arrows which gives you more control over running or walking. The controls aren't perfect, and they make an already difficult game that much more frustrating, but I think they're the best they can be while still being true to how the original game played and they certainly shouldn't prevent you from playing through the game with a bit of practice.

So if you're in the mood for some good old fashioned Prince of Persia gameplay, but want an extra dose of shiny, then Prince of Persia Classic is where it's at. From my limited time with the game, it appears to be a very faithful port of the 2007 remake with virtual controls that are about as good as you can expect from a touch screen. You'll get a headache from some accidental leaps to your own death, but after a bit of play it's pretty easy to work within the confines of the controls in order to play through the game.

As an aside, some players in our forums seem to be having trouble installing the game on an iPod touch device. Indeed, the App Store notes that it's compatible with "iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S" only, with no mention of any iPod touch or iPad devices. I'm not sure if this was just an oversight when uploading the game to iTunes or if the game really does require the two latest iPhones in order to run. If you own an iPod touch or iPad, it might be worth waiting a few days to see what the final verdict is on that, but if you're an iPhone 4 or 4S owner and enjoy yourself some Prince of Persia, then I'd jump all over Prince of Persia Classic for just 99¢.

  • http://twitter.com/Gameprom Gameprom

    WTF!? iPhone 4 and 4s only :O

    • http://twitter.com/AmpliFreQuency AmpliHelix

      Just noticed that myself. Why isn't the 4th gen iPod Touch supported? Isn't it almost the same as the iPhone 4 minus half the RAM?

      After playing it for a few minutes now, I'm pretty sure the 3GS would run this well.

      • Anonymous

        Half the ram isn't insubstantial.  Though toasters should be able to play this game.

  • Tim Cant

    Didn't I already buy this like two years ago???

  • Ken Corey

    All right.  Just this morning, I tried to download two games that looked interesting (Kingdom Rush and Prince of Persia). 

    I'm told both of which are not available to me (iPad 2, UK).  Is it a nationality issue?  Is it a hardware issue?  

    I don't know, but it's quite frustrating indeed.

    Could reviews possibly list the platform/national limits of these games?  Please?

    -Ken

    • http://twitter.com/Selidor Selidor

      I tried to access both games on the UK store using my 4S, and neither are available, so there's definitely a region issue.

  • André Augusto da Silva

    "GTA III is only compatible for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4, iPad 1 and 2"

    BUT

    Work on iPhone 3GS!

    Prince of Persia requires iPhone 4 or 4S? kkkkkk

    Sorry for my english, i'from Brazil

  • http://twitter.com/clajoh clajoh

    Actually, I've always found Prince of Persia (retro) controls to be deceptively UN-precise. Every move is based on a hidden grid, using that to your advantage and the controls work fine. Not perfect of course, but good enough. 

    I'm looking forward to comparing it to this release.

  • Kim Rene Mossige

    When does this come to europe/Norway? I want it!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

    Pulled from all Stores since Ubisoft did add not enough IAP.

    • Anonymous

      :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553534704 Michelangelo Murina

      could you tell me what does IAP means? Why they pull the game frome the stores?

  • Chris Aanerud

    'Prince of Persia Classic' Leaps Over a Pit of Spikes, Mistimes Jump, Lands on Spikes and Impales Self

  • Anonymous

    i remember playing this shit on my Sony Ericsson back in 2008

    • Kim Rene Mossige

      No you didn't 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1587692166 Tokyo D

    So what's up why isn't it in the US store?

  • http://twitter.com/fetagames Fetagames

    I loved this game :)

  • Anonymous

    Not in the AU store...?