All member reviews for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Common Sense Media says

Great story is good choice for teens and older.

Users say

(out of 24 reviews)
age 9+
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Teen, 16 years old Written bySon Of The Sea April 9, 2008

Wow, Just Wow

This game should be a movie. The story told by the Prince is so epic it's surprising they still could make two more games. The story involves the Prince, who was tricked into opening Hourglass of Time with the Dagger of Time releasing the sands of (you guessed it) time which turned everyone into sand creatures,Farah, the daughter of the king from who the hourglass was stolen, and the Vizer, the Evil Guy who tricked the Prine into opening the hourglass. There is violence, but it's mostly stylized. Though they are fun for a while, the fights eventually become a slight from the best part of the game, The Puzzles. The game takes place in a palace that has what I can only describe as a medieval security system. There are tons of obstacle courses to get through and they are just difficult enough to annoy you, but fun enough to keep you coming back. This is a great game to play and even watch. I highly recommend this game to anyone.
Adult Written byChrisP 2 April 1, 2015

A look back.

Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time is a great game to be sure. But it does come with a few issues that make it rough for me to say that someone under 14 should be allowed to play it. The game has a good sense of balance between story telling, combat and puzzle solving. One of the more problematic areas is where it treats attitude awareness, that is to say the imagery that the gamers are treated to and how it can effect them. The player will run into concubine sand monsters in the game. While they are clothed they are somewhat scantily clad. The violence itself isn’t all that bad with little to no blood mainly being replaced with sprays of sand. This leads right into where it lacks the most, which is in its treatment of the human person. First off, all but three characters are turned into sand monsters at the start and dehumanized. Second off, we have the concubine sand creatures who are immodest and sensual in their movements when they attack the player. We also have a female character named Farah who the Prince is implied to have relations with late in the game. What truth is there to this game? Since it’s fantasy we have to look to the thematic elements. A young man is tricked into unleashing a terrible evil upon the world that he then goes about trying to fix. The truth here is teaching responsibility for errors made. Is the story inspiring? Well it inspires the person to be the best they can be and to take responsibility. How well is the game made? The story, characters, platforming, puzzle solving and combat are all put together in such a way that makes sense for the world itself. So to that I would say yes. Lastly, is it somehow relevant to real world experiences? There aren’t too many people who can say that they have turned back a horrible plague that they unleashed on the world because they were goaded into it. That being said there are plenty of people out there who have had to clean up after mistakes they have made. Taking all of this into account I would say that this game is something for teens 14 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byzelda dude April 9, 2008


overall good game
Kid, 11 years old January 11, 2011


Not really anything bad, except the sand people are scary. nothing good either.
Teen, 13 years old Written bygamefan December 2, 2008

It's not bad at all

Teen, 13 years old Written byUgh April 9, 2008
Adult Written by123456987 October 8, 2014

Best game eeeeeeeeeeeeeeever

Best story. Great combat (though the enemies are monsters that may scare kids (then again my I played this game when I was 5)) People forget about one scene where the main characters take a bath together, but there's no nudity (just tell your kids that there tired and grungy, and need to take a bath) The people are good role models as they develop, and learn to trust in each other.Overall, best game ever!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byMustafa Ismail June 11, 2014
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2012

not what you might think

My two big things on this game are sex and violence. The violence is low, and blood is only depicted in small clouds or puffs coming out of enemies, but it comes up alot, and later in the game you kill a lot of innocent people corupted by some sand curse. also, some of the enemies (female) are dressed in skimpy bra/dress/hybrid garb, and while it's nothing horribly suggestive, it did make me uncomfortable enough the sell the game. I also hear the prince gets into a pool with a nude girl. anyway, this game was not for me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old February 16, 2012

9+, Good game, not that bad as said.

I have this game for my original Xbox. I am a trusted kid and my parents let me play Halo and Fable stuff like that, but I don't see why Common Sense Media rated this 13+. There is some blood when you fight but when you hit someone it's not graphical. I haven't heard any cussing, don't worry inappropriate content. You drink water to heal and there are puzzles in the game. I recommend 9+.
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2011

Good game has a arabian feel to it.

This game is brilliant, full stop. But some of it's content really needs to be discussed, when you first humanoids a tiny bit of blood will fall, but I don't know if it is blood or a mark to show that you hit them, either way it's red and can look like blood. The sexual content is stronger than most other platformers. The prince flirts with Farah and Farah flirts back. In one scene the prince and Farah have a ' bath ' together, in which Farah seduces the prince and steals his dagger, although nothing graphic is shown the prince is shown kissing Farah at least once or twice and them swimming nude, although no sexual body parts are shown. That scene ends with them holding hands. The game is brilliant and definitely the best of the PoP games. You need not worry about your player dying, for you can rewind time if you have enough sand, which is scattered all over the place. I think it is good for kids 9 and up, for where I come from that's the age you receive more adult education.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written by0897film April 26, 2011
a really good game with minimum violence
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old December 11, 2010
looks fake
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old September 18, 2010
really fun in fact im playing it right now i really am
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old April 24, 2010

Game on

This is a good game. I mean if you're into the usual blood and violence, then this is the game for you. I would not reccomend this if you have a sensitive stomach.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byvoiceofreason April 9, 2008

Best multi-console game of the year.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. The Prince moves like an olympic gymnast both in battle and while exploring, and the graphics are almost perfect. However, like all great games, it does have flaws. The camera has a nasty habit of moving to an entirely unhelpful place, though this is, thankfully, not a common occurance. Also, parents of young children should be aware that half of the gameplay is based on fighting slightly spooky "sand creatures," and these battles, though very cool and fun to watch, could be innappropriate for very young children who might try to immitate these stunts, or who might be scared by the sand creatures. Otherwise, the game is a very fun 3D platformer that will often have the player gaping open-mouthed at the Prince's amazing gymnastic moves and time-controlling powers. I'd reccommend renting it, however, as, once you've beaten it, you will have no desire to do so again.
Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008


THis game is fun but hard
Teen, 16 years old Written bypepsicola147 April 9, 2008

Good action game, though it was rather short.

Too bad this game was so short! It was definitely fun to play, even to watch, and the puzzles really got your mind working sometimes. The characters are well designed, and the enemies don't even bleed... just blood. It is a bit dramatic, but hey, who doesn't like a bit of drama? There's a great ending to this game, followed by a sequel (also recommended: Prince Of Persia 2: Warrior Within... warning-much more mature). This is an awesome game, great for teens and adults alike. You may want to keep young kids away from this game, though, due to weapons and most of the game having a dagger play a major part. *thumbs up!*
Adult Written bynintendude April 9, 2008

The best for the POP series

This game is the best of the POP series. The fighting is awesome, the story is awesome, the plot it awesome, the graphics are awesome, the music is awesome. Everything about this game is PERFECT, except for the camera angles, which can get jumpy and sometimes very frustrating when jumping off walls and poles. People who are looking for a long, interesting game should definately take a look at Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTwilighten April 9, 2008

I was instantly obsessed...

This was one of the best video games i had played in a long while. Playing it the first time at my friends cabin as we switched game play between the two of us i instantly became obsessed with it. Not only was the superior game play very very intriguing but the graphics were good and the plot was PHENOMONAL. I particularly enjoyed how everything tied together in the end and enveloped into a delightful and intruiging plot twist. My only draw back regarding this game was the final boss battle. The man had really did nothing for him to die.