Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame

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Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Psygnosis
Developer: Brøderbund Software, Microïds
Planned release date: 1996-08[1], 1996-11[2]
State before cancellation: Late in development
Status of prototype(s): Prototype dumped

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame is the sequel to the 1989 game Prince of Persia. It was released for the IBM PC in 1993, with ports to Apple Macintosh in 1994, Japanese home computers and the Super NES in 1995. The sequel is more action-based than the original, with less emphasis on dungeon mazes and puzzle solving.

A port to the Sega Mega Drive was planned for a 1996 release, but ultimately cancelled. Development of this port was handled by Microïds, and the game was to be published by Psygnosis.

Prototype

A mostly finished prototype, with a 1995-02-20 build date, has been dumped and released[3]. This version of Prince of Persia 2 is relatively faithful to the original IBM PC, although is not entirely optimised for the system and cannot be completed through normal means.

Audio only plays through the left speaker, and does not take full advantage of the hardware. There are a number of layout changes and graphical differences (as well as a different-coloured HUD) alongside simplified cutscenes and an ever-present "minutes remaining" counter, despite the game only requiring it mid-way through the adventure.

Despite its unfinished state, the prototype is said to compare favourably to the the Super NES port, which makes significantly more changes and is generally less responsive than all other versions. Curiously the opposite is true of the first Prince of Persia game, where it is the Mega Drive version that is less controllable.

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Computer & Video Games (UK)
25
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Mean Machines Sega (UK)
75
[1]
Sega Power (UK)
27
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Sega Mega Drive
42
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ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1 ba63dc1e521bee68b4121b626061ebb203ac63c6
2MB 1995-02-20 Download.svg (1.1 MB) (info) Page

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