Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Has first game's charm -- for mature players only.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The Prince is inclined to save innocent people, but he must argue with his Dark side that encourages letting innocents perish. The Dark Prince must kill enemies to live.

Violence

Players chop and slice enemies into pieces, sometimes bloodily. Includes throat slitting, dismemberment, and decapitation. Players also witness death by clubbings and arrows.

Sex

No nudity, but some characters are dressed provocatively in revealing clothes.

Language
Consumerism

Part of a series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this a violent action game. Players mainly use swords and knives to slice up enemies. They shank and gut enemies (humans and monsters), slice throats, stab eyes, chop off heads, chop enemies in half, and slice enemies down the middle like sides of beef. The game depicts bloody battles. Also, some female characters are scantily clad, but there is no nudity. The game does encourage some creative puzzle solving.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 15, 2019

Better than the previous game.

Compared to "Warrior Within", The Two Thrones is awesome and has cool landscapes and levels with it's great new fantasy story. Violence is slight... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byNinjaSmoke117 December 3, 2014

bloody fun for older teens

The game has a lot of blood and the case says it has nudity but the guys at Fall Out games say it has a part with the prince sleeping with a girl who is nude bu... Continue reading

What's it about?

In this installment, the Prince's personality has been fractured: He is now sometimes the good prince of the first game, but his long, violent quest has led to the formation of a compromised and cynical Dark Prince. These two personalities vie for control of the Prince as he fights the evil vizier for control of time. The light Prince's adventure still mainly consists of running, jumping, and swinging through graphically gorgeous environmental puzzles. Regularly throughout the game, the Prince will change into the Dark Prince, who -- while still acrobatic -- is stronger in combat and has a chain-like whip he can use to swing from and to decapitate enemies -- but his weakness is a health meter.

Is it any good?

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE TWO THRONES completes a trilogy that began with the fabulous Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time in 2003. The game formula -- lots of acrobatic feats and puzzle-solving in huge, beautiful environments -- was roughed up a bit for the grittier second installment, The Warrior Within. The Two Thrones mixes elements of both games, creating a more complicated and compelling protagonist. The death-defying gymnastics remain easy to control; The Prince also uses the more-complicated combat system introduced in the second game.

The Two Thrones is definitely a violent game, but it succeeds in mixing the best parts of the first two games. Mature teens and adults fans are sure to love it, while younger teens may be better off sticking with the T-rated first game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the complicated protagonist. How does he differ from the way he was portrayed in the first and second installments? Does it make sense to you that his quest has made him cynical? Is it more fun to play with the Light or Dark Prince? Many games let players embody characters who are not necessarily good or heroic; is this healthy?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: December 19, 2005
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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