It seems that a lot of the ‘classic’ games that have been added to the Xbox Live Arcade are either poorly done ports that add nothing to the game, or are just plain terrible. Prince of Persia, on the other hand, is a different story. Based on the original 1989 version of the game, Ubisoft has breathed new life into the game, refining this classic without sacrificing the fun, tight and addicting gameplay.
The evil Jaffar has kidnapped the Princess and given her an ultimatum–marry him or die. As the Prince you have just 60 minutes to escape the castle dungeon, defeat Jaffar and save the Princess.
The biggest problem with the game is its longevity. The entire campaign will last around 60 minutes and after you have completed it once there is nothing different to do except try and improve your time. That aside, the game looks great. Instead of adding a few bells and whistles to make the game look new, the character models, animations, backgrounds and environments have been completely redone, making Prince of Persia one of, if not the best looking games on the Live Arcade. The gameplay is a lot of fun as well. To escape the dungeon you will have to solve puzzles, avoid death traps and do battle with Jaffar’s minions. Sometimes the controls can be a little tricky and the combat can seem a little unfair but overall it is a great experience and one of the best Xbox Live Arcade titles available.