Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Review for Wii

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands screenshot
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands screenshot

With Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on Wii, Ubisoft managed to resist the temptation to port over the Xbox 360/PS3 game and develop the game uniquely for the Nintendo console instead. This isn't a cut down port of the game that's available on Xbox 360 and PS3, but a version made to make the most of the platform. With ideas all of its own and some impressive production values, this Wii exclusive might well be the best version of Forgotten Sands you can buy.

The Forgotten Sands hardly has the most inventive storyline ever to grace a video game, but it sets up a platforming adventure that will span the course of at least 12 hours, with plenty of combat and puzzles thrown in for good measure. After buying a genie at a market, the prince is granted three things: power over death, a magnificent kingdom, and the love of a beautiful princess. Disappointingly for the prince, the kingdom is in ruin, and an ancient blade, plunged into a monster which then escapes, holds the key to returning it to its former glory.

Whereas the Xbox 360 and PS3 game featured some pretty complicated water-freezing puzzles and the ability to bring back fallen pieces of the palace, this Wii game has three abilities all of its own. First up are magical plates which can be activated by pointing at them with your Wii Remote and then used as grapple points. Later on these can be placed wherever you please, allowing the prince to create his own paths along the walls of the dilapidated palace. Second up are whirlwinds of sand which raise the prince into the air, letting him reach areas that were seemingly out of reach or skip past traps by jumping straight over them.

Towards the end of the game you gain the ability to encase the prince in a floating sphere, and in combination with the other two abilities you get the sense that you can approach getting from A to B however you like. In reality the end areas have been created in a way that force you to use these abilities, so there's not as much freedom as you might think, but the illusion is still there and works extremely well. There's not quite the same degree of finger gymnastics required as in the next-gen console version, but the challenge is still one that casual gamers might baulk at.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands screenshot

Platforming is a lot of fun and rarely frustrating, with failure causing the Sands of Time to return the prince to a location a few seconds earlier. There's no manual use of this rewind feature, but it works well and doesn't feel like it's any worse than the system found in the bigger brother versions of the game. It is limited in terms of uses though, with death once your rewinds have depleted causing you to return to a checkpoint. This is rarely a chore, but at times you'll go back a few tricky sections further back than you'd like.

Sadly, just as is the case with Forgotten Sands on Xbox 360 and PS3, combat plays a major part in the campaign, and is poor, but for different reasons. You don't have the large-scale fights that you get in those games, with encounters usually limited to a handful of foes, and your range of attacks seems more varied, but you have to perform them all using gestures with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck.

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MJTH

Platforming: done best on Nintendo :) mario and now prince of persia what next. I was thinking about getting this but dicided to get cod: bo on wii later in the year, but now I feel very confused, usually wii version are bad but this has put me in a real pickle....

...Ah well birthday will pay for all in october I hope :)
Posted 20:33 on 25 May 2010
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SexyJams

I'm glad the Wii's got another good game that it can be proud of :D
Posted 20:15 on 25 May 2010

Game Stats

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
8
Out of 10
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Great platforming
  • Loads of unlockable content
  • Lengthy adventure
  • Combat isn't good
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Release Date: 21/05/2010
Platforms: Wii , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , DS , PSP
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 12
Site Rank: 1,785 111
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