The latest installment in a 34-year-old series has undergone a comprehensive reimagining, unveiling a complex world filled with adversaries and hazards. Hovering above the entrance to Mount Qaf is a colossal statue frozen mid-destruction, its granite head shattered into suspended fragments. Within the trap-laden corridors of the castle, you’ll encounter characters who defy aging, while others who arrived mere hours before you have succumbed to the passage of a century. Time behaves erratically within the cursed fortress, and mastering this temporal anomaly swiftly becomes imperative for successfully navigating Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.
These temporal peculiarities align seamlessly with a game that blends and reinterprets various iterations spanning back to the series’ origins in 1989. Jordan Mechner’s original Prince of Persia was a 2D platformer featuring castle exploration fraught with false floors, guillotines, and sword-wielding guards, all leading to confrontations with the Grand Vizier. Later reinterpretations by Ubisoft granted the titular hero the power to manipulate time, allowing for pausing and reversing to solve puzzles and evade traps in a 3D environment. In The Lost Crown, Ubisoft revisits the side-on perspective of the earlier games while incorporating the time-manipulating abilities from the later titles, resulting in a vast and intricate world teeming with challenges to overcome.
Embark on an epic adventure in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, where you assume the role of Sargon, a revered warrior defending Persia. Your mission is to track down Prince Ghassan and the captors who seized him, leading you to the formidable Mount Qaf. In an attempt to coerce the prince into abdicating, you must reach him before the kidnappers succeed. Traverse the challenging terrain by utilizing Sargon’s agility to jump over pits, swing between poles, and navigate tight shafts. However, the fortress presents obstacles like wide gaps, high ledges, and distant locked doors that require mastering new abilities.
The Lost Crown transforms the classic Prince of Persia into a Metroidvania experience, seamlessly blending exploration and upgrades. Revisit previously explored areas armed with newfound powers to uncover hidden secrets. Conquer previously inaccessible challenges as chests become reachable, locked doors yield to your progress, and formidable bosses become susceptible to your enhanced abilities.
Despite its captivating gameplay, The Lost Crown poses a formidable difficulty curve. Later stages demand memorization of attack patterns and precise execution of complex jumps, dodges, and parries. The frustration of encountering skill walls in a game focused on fluid acrobatics and combat combos is palpable.
Fortunately, the game offers alternative avenues during challenging moments. Exploration of different sections of Mount Qaf becomes a viable option, and acquiring new powers unlocks opportunities throughout the mountain. Enhance Sargon’s strength by upgrading weapons, improving health potions, or adjusting amulet configurations. These unlockables empower your hero, providing advantages such as increased strength when low on health or reduced damage from poison attacks. Facing a formidable boss becomes more manageable as you strategically modify your amulets before battle.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown marks a fresh chapter in the series, distinct from its predecessors. It confidently embraces the Metroidvania genre, seamlessly incorporating the series’ signature elements. The game stands out not as an imitation but as a standout within its chosen genre, comparable to renowned titles like Metroid Dread and Hollow Knight. After a 13-year hiatus, The Lost Crown showcases an exciting new direction for the Prince of Persia series, leaving players eager to witness its future evolution.