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Prince of Persia
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Tengen (US), Domark (EU),
Sega Master System
Domark,
Sega Mega-CD
Sega, Victor Musical Industries (JP)
Developer:
Developer(s) of original games: Brøderbund Software
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): PC
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[1] T-48286
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99[3] T-88076-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-88076-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-88076-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-88076-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[5] MK 27022-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK 27022-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK 27022-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK 27022-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 027270



Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥7,800 T-60014
Sega Mega-CD
US
$? 4652
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? 4652
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F 4652
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? 4652
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas 4652
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? 061000



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-48098
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[12] T-88018-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-88018-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-88018-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-88018-50



Prince of Persia (プリンス・オブ・ペルシャ) is a platform game created by Jordan Mechner for the Apple II computer. It has been ported to many of platforms over the years, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

Story

The Grand Vizier Jaffar has thrown you into a dungeon and is forcing the princess of Persia to marry him within the hour. You must escape the dungeon, defeat Jaffar and rescue the princess to become the prince of Persia.

History

Legacy

The game was revolutionary at the time due to the quality of the animation, and is now considered a classic among gamers. It has also inspired several sequels, starting with Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, and a feature length movie.

Versions

While all four versions of the game stem from the same source (Jordan Mechner's Apple II version, published by Brøderbund Software in 1989), each of the Sega versions were handled by different teams and arrived at different periods between 1992 and 1993.

The Mega-CD version was the first Sega port of the game to be released, landing in Japan in August 1992. This version was developed by Bits Laboratory and was originally published by Victor Musical Industries, with Sega handling publishing duties overseas. The Mega-CD version uses similar updated designs and aesthetics as previous Japanese conversions from 1991 (handled by Riverhillsoft and released for the PC Engine, Sharp X68000, PC-9801 and FM Towns), albeit with voiceovers in the introduction sequence instead of text.

The Game Gear and Master System versions are largely identical bar differences in screen resolution, and, together with the Mega Drive version, were developed as contract work for Domark. Both of these ports use graphics unique to these systems - the Mega Drive version being notable for having more detailed graphics than its Mega-CD counterpart and features an extra four levels not seen in any other ports of the game.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits (US version)
  • Programming: Richard Walker
  • Graphics: Lloyd Baker
  • Sound Effects: Mike Ash
  • Quality Assurance: Gary Patino
  • Production: Chris Johnson
  • Special Thanks: Jim Blackler, Jason Cunningham, Steve Calfee, Bill Hindorff, Earl Vickers, Mitzi McGilvray


Source: In-game credits (EU version)
  • Programming: Richard Walker, Jim Blackler
  • Artwork: Lloyd Baker
  • Sound Effects: Mike Ash
  • Quality Assurance Management: Gary Patino
  • Testing: Ken Jordan, Tim Mawson, Matt Miller
  • Production: Chris Johnson
  • Further Artwork: Jason Cunningham

Master System version

Source: Opening demo credits

Game Gear version

Source: Opening demo credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Prince of Persia/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

CVG UK 125.pdfCVG UK 125.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #125: "April 1992" (1992-03-15)

CVG UK 130.pdfCVG UK 130.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)

CVG UK 131.pdf

PDF
Master System/Game Gear print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #131: "October 1992" (1992-09-15)

HobbyConsolas ES 013.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 013.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Hobby Consolas (ES) #13: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 014.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 014.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce ES 08.pdfMegaForce ES 08.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 12.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #12: "Décembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 018.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in














Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Supergame BR 28.pdfSupergame BR 28.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in














Supergame (BR) #28: "Novembro 1993" (1993-11-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №29
84 №149, p36[14]
80 №bg98, p86
93 №57, p30[1]
68 №16, p70
80 №19
87 №29, p80-81[15]
86 №20, p18-19
68 №18, p40
88 №25, p112-113[16]
82 №27, p66-68
72 №1, p92-94[17]
83 №18, p74-75[18]
89 №40, p88-89[19]
78 №3, p106-107
63 №53, p60-61
83 №30, p58-59
94 №7, p10-13[20]
80 №1, p72-77[21]
79 №25, p10
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
PoP MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Mega Drive, EU
PoP MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
PoP MD EU Cart.jpg
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №13, p64-65
72 №1, p123Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[22]
79 №17, p101
78 №23, p78[23]
79 №4, p38-39
41 №1, p42-43[24]
87 №4, p22-23
86 №20 (supp.), p26-27[25]
90 №10, p30-33[26]
72 №1, p92-94[17]
80 №35, p150[27]
68 №44, p36-37
82 №13, p60-61
65 №18, p74
69 №12, p90-91[28]
69 №1, p89[29]
Sega Mega-CD
76
Based on
16 reviews

Mega-CD, US
PoP MCD US Box Back.jpgPoP MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Princeofpersia mcd us disc.jpg
Disc
Princeofpersia mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
PoP MCD EU Box Back.jpgPoP MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
PoP MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, JP
PoP MCD JP Box Back.jpgPoP MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PrinceofPersia MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
Spinecard
PoP MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, BR
PoP MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPoP MCD BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №12, p112-114[30]
90 №128, p27[5]
92 №1, p150Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[31]
80 №19
94 №4, p20-22
80 №13, p110-111[32]
91 №12, p80-81[33]
91 №30, p198[34]
91 №22, p88-90[35]
91 №1, p135[36]
73 №55, p50
94 №25, p90-91[37]
88 №2/92, p23[38]
94 №7, p10-13[20]
96 №18, p74[39]
92 №32, p26-27
100 №46, p101[40]
96 №9, p58-59[41]
93 №15, p73
91 №1, p74-76
Sega Master System
90
Based on
20 reviews

Master System, EU
PoP SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
PoP SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
PoP SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Princeofpersia sms br cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

PoP SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №14, p148[42]
93 №130 (Go!), p12-13[12]
91 №1, p168Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[43]
70 №42, p38[44]
92 №12, p58-59
82 №16, p149[45]
82 №35, p185[46]
91 №4, p96-97[47]
100 №46, p102[48]
95 №10, p66[49]
92 №15, p74-75
95 №9, p56-57[50]
91 №34, p78[51]
Sega Game Gear
90
Based on
13 reviews

Game Gear, US
PoP GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPoP GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
PoP GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Prince of Persia GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
PoP GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPoP GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
PoP GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Prince of Persia GG EU Manual.pdf
Manual

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