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This review is for the Nintendo DS game "Battles of the Prince of Persia" which was developed and published by Ubisoft. The game was published in December 2005 but is still available from retailers.
The game is primarily a battle game which is played turn by turn, and is combined with a card playing element. Depending on what is on each card will depend on how strong your battle commands will be. This is then transferred to the battlefield where you have to mix both strategy, and an element of luck, to beat your opponent.
Initially you get seven cards, although this changes as you get into the game, and you can also pick cards depending on what strategy you wish to pursue, so some of these may be more defensive, some of them may be more attacking. The single player mode has 24 scenarios to work through, which is a good number and will took me a good while to play through, although I'm not a very good games player to be honest!
The whole concept of the game is very different however to what many players might expect from a game in the Prince of Persia series, which is now twenty years old. Traditionally these games were in 2D and were a mixture of platform and adventure games, and more recently in 3D on more modern consoles. So this game is very different from what you might expect, which might disappoint some purchasers who hadn't read the details of the game closely enough.
I must admit that personally I find it difficult to get too interested in the plots behind games, I'd rather just play the game and not concern myself too much with the plots. Plots in games are usually mythological or fantasy, but although this doesn't interest me, it is of course more interesting to others. This game is certainly one which has a deep plot, and also ties the plot of some of the other Prince of Persia games together.
Battles of the Prince of Persia is easy to get into and start to play as there is an extensive tutorial section to begin the game with. I found this useful, as there is quite a lot to take in, although the game is generally structured well enough to mean that the number of options increases as the game progresses, to prevent it becoming too complex too soon.
In terms of playing the game, you have to use the stylus and touch screen a lot, and this is easy to use. The structure of the game has been well thought through, and I felt that controlling the game was good and not frustrating, as some games involving the stylus can be.
The graphics and sound in the game I found to be adequate, although nothing special. The game does use both screens of the Nintendo DS, but the bottom one is a little too simple and under-filled, although it does do the job well enough. It does give the slight impression of feeling rushed though. The sound is better with some reasonable audio tracks, but again, not the best that I've heard.
There is also a multi player option in the game, which adds quite a lot to the playability of the game, as it is a much better game when you're playing against another person. Again, I found this easy to use, and well thought through.
The game's full retail price is 29.99 pounds, but at the time of writing the game is available new from Amazon for 9.35 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at the moment, these are available for around three to four pounds including postage. The game is rated as 12+, so isn't suitable for younger children.
In summary, this isn't a bad game to pick up cheaply second hand. If you are a fan of the Prince of Persia adventure series, this may not suit, as it's a card based strategy game, and although it does deal with this quite well, it all seems a little shallow for what should have been a major release. It's worth a look to pick up cheaply, there's quite a lot of strategy in the game, the multi player options work well, but overall, I'd say that this is just average and could have been a lot better.
This is essentially a strategy based turn game and overall it works pretty well as a concept that is different to previous varieties of the Prince of Persia franchise.
I enjoyed playing this game and while visually it is not the greatest there is lots of gameplay to enjoy and it is quite challenging. The first few missions are essentially there to guide you through the playing process and have a reasonably steep learning curve.
You have a number of different units to set out over the battlefield and each one has different strengths and weaknesses, it is important to enure that you do not get out flanked as this can expose weakness as can getting boxed in with natural hazards around you as you can suffer additional damage.
The tutorials provide a good grounding in the basics but you will continue to learn as you progress in the game as not everything is revealed or made obvious in those early missions. You certainly get a lot of game play as there are 24 missions in total to complete.
When you go into battle you can have up to 30 strategy cards to use which contain your orders, some of these are quite statdard however special cards are there to give you an advantage and this adds an additional strategy element to the game.
This is a good game to play and if you can get over the fact that visually it is not great then it is well worth getting.
In campaign mode, uncover the fates of Persia, India and Aresura between the events of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia Warrior Within. Play through 24 different scenarios uncovering each General's strengths at the head of the Persian, Indian or Daevan army.