Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a good choice for teens and older game players. There is a fair amount of violence, but the game does not dwell on it. Much of the fun comes from the challenge of figuring out how to get past the traps and tricks of the palace.
What's it about?
As the Prince of Persia, you set out to impress your father by capturing the fabled sands of time. You do so, but then are tricked by an evil vizier into releasing the sands, which leave only evil and destruction in their wake. Now you must redeem yourself by reclaiming the sands of time, but it won't be easy. Filled with deadly traps and the now zombie-like guards, the palace isn't a palace -- it's an early death waiting to happen.
Is it any good?
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME is a good choice for teens and older players. Much of the fun comes from figuring out how to get past the traps and tricks of the palace. It has great storytelling flair, and you'll be captivated by its Arabian Nights-themed story. A strong positive aspect of the game is that it actions have consequences: The Prince relies on deception and conquest to capture the sands of time, and that leads to later destruction.
Prince of Persia has a lot of fighting scenes, which do contain blood. Although much of the battles are against "sand creatures," or zombie-like guards, the Prince fights other humans in early scenes. It's heartening that violence isn't the focus of the game. Fighting is in some ways presented as an unavoidable evil -- especially after the sands have been released.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about actions and consequences. What leads the prince to cause so much trouble? Families can also discuss the different styles of gameplay. Do you prefer fighting the fantasy creatures or finding your way around the devious traps?