As the Prince of Persia, you discover that you inadvertently opened up the Sands of Time, a big no indeed. After all, it is said that whoever shall open up the Sands of Time not only will see loved ones pass away, but the opener will perish as well. When you find out this news, you vow to hunt down the Empress of Time to reverse the events that occurred and to save yourself from a fate of death. But as you leave, the old man who tells you of this information quietly mutters that you’re unable to change your fate.
You start aboard a pirate ship, which has been attacked by undead soldiers thanks to the Empress of Time. Your objective is to bring her down, but unfortunately, it seems that she has the same idea as she orders her minions to kill you. Eeks, that’s never good. Why can’t games ever be easy?
Fortunately for you, you begin to learn the basics in the tutorial that precedes the game. Well, said tutorial is aboard the pirate ship, so you can never rest easy. But the fun thing is that you get to learn all the controls and whatnot during these few minutes. Of course, you best learn the basics fast before you get overpowered by the Empress and thrown onto an island. Ironically, that island is where you want to end up on.
Somehow, I always find that this kind of games naturally make it a bit harder for me to play. Want to know why? It’s not the game itself, but rather, the virtual joystick. Seriously. Whoever thought that having a virtual joystick on the iPad is not a genius because really, there is no comfortable way to play it, the iPad heavy and whatnot.
I did like how the game taught you how to move and fight in the game and what button combos would lead to what kind of move you wanted to execute. To me, that’s important because learning through an in-game tutorial just helps you master the moves much more easily and quickly. However, the movement isn’t the greatest because the camera angle would continually change, disorienting me a little. I’d like to be able to see where I’m going without having to change the view every few seconds.
Despite my little nitpickiness with the movement and whatnot, I found Prince of Persia Warrior Within to be a fun game. This was my second encounter with a PP game, the first being the PS3 (or was it Xbox 360) version of Sands of Time (I think). The graphics run smoothly and the music is quite nice to listen. Oh, I should mention that there really is no save option - the only time the game saves is when you find a fountain to restore your health. Yeah - if you die in between, you’re not in luck.
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