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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 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

  • 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

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Mega Drive US print advert
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Game Gear US print advert
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CVG UK 125.pdfCVG UK 125.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #125: "April 1992" (1992-03-15)
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CVG UK 130.pdfCVG UK 130.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
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CVG UK 131.pdf

PDF
Master System/Game Gear print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #131: "October 1992" (1992-09-15)
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HobbyConsolas ES 013.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 013.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #13: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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HobbyConsolas ES 014.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 014.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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MegaForce ES 08.pdfMegaForce ES 08.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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MegaForce FR 12.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #12: "Décembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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HobbyConsolas ES 018.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №29
84 №149, p36[10]
80 №bg98, p86
93 №57, p30[1]
68 №16, p70
80 №19
87 №29, p80-81[11]
86 №20, p18-19
68 №18, p40
88 №25, p112-113[12]
68 №3/94, p105[13]
82 №27, p66-68
72 №1, p92-94[14]
83 №18, p74-75[15]
89 №40, p88-89[16]
64 №7/94, p138[17]
78 №3, p106-107
63 №53, p60-61
83 №30, p58-59
94 №7, p10-13[18]
80 №1, p72-77[19]
79 №25, p10
70 №4/94, p86[20]
70 №63, p81
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
24 reviews

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

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №12, p112-114[21]
90 №128, p27[5]
92 №1, p150Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[22]
80 №19
94 №4, p20-22
80 №13, p110-111[23]
91 №12, p80-81[24]
91 №30, p198[25]
91 №22, p88-90[26]
91 №1, p135[27]
73 №55, p50
94 №25, p90-91[28]
92 №32, p26-27
100 №46, p101[29]
96 №9, p58-59[30]
93 №15, p73
91 №1, p74-76[31]
88 №2/92, p23[32]
94 №7, p10-13[18]
96 №18, p74[33]
91 №4, p24
59 №8/92, p95[34]
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
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[35]
93 №130 (Go!), p12-13[8]
91 №1, p168Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[36]
70 №42, p38[37]
92 №12, p58-59
82 №16, p149[38]
82 №35, p185[39]
91 №4, p96-97[40]
81 №3/93, p107[41]
100 №46, p102[42]
95 №10, p66[43]
92 №15, p74-75
95 №9, p56-57[44]
39 №2/93, p120[45]
91 №34, p78[46]
Sega Game Gear
86
Based on
15 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

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. File:CVG UK 149.pdf, page 36
  11. File:Joypad FR 029.pdf, page 80
  12. File:MegaForce FR 25.pdf, page 112
  13. File:MegaFun DE 1994-03.pdf, page 97
  14. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 92
  15. File:MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf, page 74
  16. File:PlayerOne FR 040.pdf, page 88
  17. File:PlayTime DE 1994-07.pdf, page 132
  18. 18.0 18.1 File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 12
  19. File:SuperGamePower BR 001.pdf, page 72
  20. File:VideoGames DE 1994-04.pdf, page 82
  21. File:ConsolesPlus FR 012.pdf, page 112
  22. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 150
  23. File:HobbyConsolas ES 013.pdf, page 102
  24. File:Joypad FR 012.pdf, page 80
  25. File:Joystick FR 030.pdf, page 198
  26. File:MeanMachines UK 22.pdf, page 88
  27. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 135
  28. File:PlayerOne FR 025.pdf, page 86
  29. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 101
  30. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 58
  31. File:SegaZone UK 01.pdf, page 74
  32. File:SegaForce SE 1992 02.pdf, page 23
  33. File:SegaForce UK 18.pdf, page 74
  34. File:VideoGames DE 1992-08.pdf, page 91
  35. File:ConsolesPlus FR 014.pdf, page 148
  36. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 168
  37. File:EGM US 042.pdf, page 38
  38. File:Joypad FR 016.pdf, page 149
  39. File:Joystick FR 035.pdf, page 185
  40. File:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf, page 96
  41. File:PlayTime DE 1993-03.pdf, page 107
  42. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 102
  43. File:SegaPro UK 10.pdf, page 66
  44. File:SegaForce UK 09.pdf, page 56
  45. File:VideoGames DE 1993-02.pdf, page 118
  46. File:Zero UK 34.pdf, page 78
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