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Prince of Persia

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For the Mega-CD version, see Prince of Persia (Mega-CD)

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Prince of Persia
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Tengen (US), Domark (EU),
Sega Master System
Domark
Developer:
Developer(s) of original games: Brøderbund Software
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Apple II
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 Game Gear
US
$? T-48098
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[8] 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
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-88018-50



Prince of Persia 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 game was written in 6502 assembly language for the Apple II, meaning almost every version of the game had to be re-written for the differing hardware.

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.

Domark's Richard Walker re-wrote the game in 68000 assembly for the Mega Drive, using a version of the source code written in C as a base[10] and the enhanced graphics of the Macintosh version. The levels were re-built by eye by playing the IBM PC version of the game, with a four extra levels created by Jim Blackler[10].

Despite having already appeared on the Mega-CD, the Mega Drive is completely different, with more detailed graphics and a different introduction sequence.

Production credits

Mega Drive 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 (US 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
Source: In-game credits (EU version)


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

Main article: Prince of Persia/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №29
84 №149, p36[11]
80 №bg98, p86
93 №57, p30[1]
68 №16, p70
80 №19
87 №29, p80-81[12]
86 №20, p18-19
68 №18, p40
88 №25, p112-113[13]
68 №3/94, p105[14]
82 №27, p66-68
72 №1, p92-94[15]
83 №18, p74-75[16]
89 №40, p88-89[17]
64 №7/94, p138[18]
78 №3, p106-107
63 №53, p60-61
83 №30, p58-59
94 №7, p10-13[19]
80 №1, p72-77[20]
79 №25, p10
70 №4/94, p86[21]
70 №63, p81
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
24 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №12, p112-114[22]
90 №128, p27[5]
92 №1, p150Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[23]
80 №19
94 №4, p20-22
80 №13, p110-111[24]
91 №12, p80-81[25]
91 №30, p198[26]
91 №22, p88-90[27]
91 №1, p135[28]
73 №55, p50
94 №25, p90-91[29]
92 №32, p26-27
100 №46, p101[30]
96 №9, p58-59[31]
93 №15, p73
91 №1, p74-76[32]
88 №2/92, p23[33]
94 №7, p10-13[19]
96 №18, p74[34]
91 №4, p24
59 №8/92, p95[35]
Sega Master System
89
Based on
22 reviews

Master System, EU
PoP SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
PoP SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Prince of Persia SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
PoP SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU

PoP SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №14, p148[36]
93 №130 (Go!), p12-13[8]
91 №1, p168Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[37]
70 №42, p38[38]
92 №12, p58-59
82 №16, p149[39]
82 №35, p185[40]
91 №4, p96-97[41]
81 №3/93, p107[42]
100 №46, p102[43]
95 №10, p66[44]
92 №15, p74-75
95 №9, p56-57[45]
39 №2/93, p120[46]
91 №34, p78[47]
Sega Game Gear
86
Based on
15 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
PoP GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Prince of Persia GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
PoP GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Prince of Persia GG EU Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 7704287D
MD5 70E9B330DD6A91E7310F3C8D9A934ECC
SHA-1 7EF7B4E2FCEC69946844C186C62836C0AE34665F
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 311D2863
MD5 0D636C8D86DAFD4F2C337E34E94B1E41
SHA-1 7820699EE6B214F3F02F724F4D7891184CAF93F8
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 32
  2. File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 189
  3. File:CVG UK 152.pdf, page 81
  4. File:CVG UK 148.pdf, page 102
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:CVG UK 128.pdf, page 27
  6. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 59
  7. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 90
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:Go UK 11.pdf, page 12
  9. File:CVG UK 131.pdf, page 17
  10. 10.0 10.1 Interview: Jim Blackler by Segacollection.com
  11. File:CVG UK 149.pdf, page 36
  12. File:Joypad FR 029.pdf, page 80
  13. File:MegaForce FR 25.pdf, page 112
  14. File:MegaFun DE 1994-03.pdf, page 97
  15. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 92
  16. File:MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf, page 74
  17. File:PlayerOne FR 040.pdf, page 88
  18. File:PlayTime DE 1994-07.pdf, page 132
  19. 19.0 19.1 File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 12
  20. File:SuperGamePower BR 001.pdf, page 72
  21. File:VideoGames DE 1994-04.pdf, page 82
  22. File:ConsolesPlus FR 012.pdf, page 112
  23. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 150
  24. File:HobbyConsolas ES 013.pdf, page 102
  25. File:Joypad FR 012.pdf, page 80
  26. File:Joystick FR 030.pdf, page 198
  27. File:MeanMachines UK 22.pdf, page 88
  28. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 135
  29. File:PlayerOne FR 025.pdf, page 86
  30. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 101
  31. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 58
  32. File:SegaZone UK 01.pdf, page 74
  33. File:SegaForce SE 1992 02.pdf, page 23
  34. File:SegaForce UK 18.pdf, page 74
  35. File:VideoGames DE 1992-08.pdf, page 91
  36. File:ConsolesPlus FR 014.pdf, page 148
  37. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 168
  38. File:EGM US 042.pdf, page 38
  39. File:Joypad FR 016.pdf, page 149
  40. File:Joystick FR 035.pdf, page 185
  41. File:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf, page 96
  42. File:PlayTime DE 1993-03.pdf, page 107
  43. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 102
  44. File:SegaPro UK 10.pdf, page 66
  45. File:SegaForce UK 09.pdf, page 56
  46. File:VideoGames DE 1993-02.pdf, page 118
  47. File:Zero UK 34.pdf, page 78
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