Prince of Persia (ms-dos)

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Prince of Persia (ms-dos)
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While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup d'état. His way to the throne lies through the Sultan's lovely daughter. Jaffar kidnaps her and threatens to kill her if she refuses to marry him. Meanwhile, the man the Princess loves is thrown into the dungeon. He has only one hour to escape from his prison, defeat the guards on his way, and stop Jaffar before the terrible marriage takes place. Prince of Persia is a 2D platformer that is commonly regarded as a progenitor of the cinematic platform genre. Rather than following the more common jump-and-run mechanics, it focuses on careful advancement through fairly complex levels, emphasizing the protagonist's vulnerability and survival aspect. Rotoscoping technique is used to give more realism to the animation of the characters' movements. The protagonist must avoid deadly traps, solve some simple jumping and environmental puzzles (such as stepping on pressure plates to raise portcullis), and engage in sword fights with the guards. The player character has an infinite amount of lives, but has to restart at the beginning of a level each time he dies, and must complete the game within an hour. The hero starts with three units of health, which can be replenished with small health potions or permanently increased with large jars. The Game Boy Color and SNES versions of the game feature additional levels and new enemies. The Genesis version has a new intro, an altered set of graphics and four new levels. UP button........... Prince takes a small hop upwards with arms raised. If there are some loose slabs above you, hop to touch them and they will fall. Also used to scale ledges and to jump. Note that each hop will move you slightly forward. In the En Guarde stance (swordfighting), the up button is used to block an attack. DOWN button......... Prince ducks on the ground. The crouch will last as long as the button is held. Used to scale down ledges, and moves you slightly forward with every crouch. In the En Guarde stance, this will put your sword back in its scabbard. Err... Did he have a scabbard in the first place? Strange... LEFT button......... Prince turns to the left. Prince will run forward for a short distance if tapped; Will run continuously if held. RIGHT button........ Prince faces the right of the screen. As above, prince runs forward for a short distance if button is tapped; Runs continuously if button is held. SHIFT button........ Utility button. Used to hang on to ledges, walk slowly, pick up stuff, and fight. Spacebar............ Shows you the amount of time you have left. You only have one hour, remember? Control+R........... Restarts game; Back to the intro screen Control+A........... Restarts level. This will only reset the current level you are on in case you get stuck. Note that time will still flow, so if you keep restarting a level for one hour then it's game over. Control+S........... Turns sound ON/OFF, along with the music. Additioal controls (offline version): Control+G........... Saves game. You have to be at least at Level 3 to save. Anything lower and Prince won't save. Also note that you can only save a game at a time. Any more and your previous game will be deleted. To back up your game, copy the Prince.sav file into a different folder, or rename it. Control+L........... Loads a saved game. Press this during the intro screen. Control+K........... Sets the controls to Keyboard Mode. Use this if your keyboard doesn't function properly. Apart from "How to quit the game", I also get the question "I can't move at all" frequently. Control+J........... Sets the controls to Joystick Mode. Use this to refresh your gamepad/joystick. Control+Q........... Quits to DOS. People love to ask me about "How to quit the game." Control+V........... Shows the version of the game. This command isn't included in the manual. Shift+L............. Skips a level, but leaves you with 15 minutes of time. Note that you can only skip up to Level 4. Escape button....... Pauses the game. Press again for single-frame movement. Press anything else to resume.

UP button........... Prince takes a small hop upwards with arms raised. If there are some loose slabs above you, hop to touch them and they will fall. Also used to scale ledges and to jump. Note that each hop will move you slightly forward. In the En Guarde stance (swordfighting), the up button is used to block an attack. DOWN button......... Prince ducks on the ground. The crouch will last as long as the button is held. Used to scale down ledges, and moves you slightly forward with every crouch. In the En Guarde stance, this will put your sword back in its scabbard. Err... Did he have a scabbard in the first place? Strange... LEFT button......... Prince turns to the left. Prince will run forward for a short distance if tapped; Will run continuously if held. RIGHT button........ Prince faces the right of the screen. As above, prince runs forward for a short distance if button is tapped; Runs continuously if button is held. SHIFT button........ Utility button. Used to hang on to ledges, walk slowly, pick up stuff, and fight. Spacebar............ Shows you the amount of time you have left. You only have one hour, remember? Control+R........... Restarts game; Back to the intro screen Control+A........... Restarts level. This will only reset the current level you are on in case you get stuck. Note that time will still flow, so if you keep restarting a level for one hour then it's game over. Control+S........... Turns sound ON/OFF, along with the music. Additioal controls (offline version): Control+G........... Saves game. You have to be at least at Level 3 to save. Anything lower and Prince won't save. Also note that you can only save a game at a time. Any more and your previous game will be deleted. To back up your game, copy the Prince.sav file into a different folder, or rename it. Control+L........... Loads a saved game. Press this during the intro screen. Control+K........... Sets the controls to Keyboard Mode. Use this if your keyboard doesn't function properly. Apart from "How to quit the game", I also get the question "I can't move at all" frequently. Control+J........... Sets the controls to Joystick Mode. Use this to refresh your gamepad/joystick. Control+Q........... Quits to DOS. People love to ask me about "How to quit the game." Control+V........... Shows the version of the game. This command isn't included in the manual. Shift+L............. Skips a level, but leaves you with 15 minutes of time. Note that you can only skip up to Level 4. Escape button....... Pauses the game. Press again for single-frame movement. Press anything else to resume.

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