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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Box artwork for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Developer(s)Ubisoft Montreal
Distributor(s)GameTap, Direct2Drive, PlayStation Network
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PlayStation 2
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System(s)Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Mobile, PlayStation 3
Mode(s)Single player
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
PEGI: PEGI 12.png Ages 12+
CERO: CERO B.jpg Ages 12 and up
OFLC: OFLC M.svg Mature
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Game Boy Advance
PEGI: PEGI 7.png Ages 7+
Preceded byPrince of Persia 3D
Followed byWarrior Within
SeriesPrince of Persia
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a third-person action-adventure computer and video game published by Ubisoft. It was released on November 6, 2003 and is a continuation of the landmark Prince of Persia series created by Jordan Mechner in 1989.

The Sands of Time, developed internally at Ubisoft Montreal, successfully captures the mechanics of the original platformer and extends it to the 3D generation. An earlier attempt by The Learning Company to transfer the series to 3D (Prince of Persia 3D) was released in 1999, but failed to meet the standards set by the franchise. The Sands of Time was praised for its visual design, finely tuned game mechanics, and intriguing storyline, winning the game several awards.

The game was developed for the Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and later a 2D-version for the Game Boy Advance and mobile phones. The success of The Sands of Time led to two sequels, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Passing through India en route to Azad, King Shahraman and his son, the Prince, conquer the Maharajah of India for honor and glory with the aid of the vile Vizier who betrays his leader to aid the foreigners. After looting the city, they continue to Azad. In tow with them are the mysterious artifacts of the Maharajah: the Hourglass and Dagger of Time along with the Maharajah's beautiful daughter, Princess Farah.

In Azad, the Vizier of the Maharajah tricks the Prince into releasing the Sands of Time contained inside the Hourglass of Time, using the Dagger of Time. The Sands wash over the kingdom, turning all living beings into monsters. The Prince, Farah, and the Vizier remain unchanged due to their possessions; a dagger, a medallion, and a staff, respectively. On a journey to repair the damage he has caused, the Prince teams with Farah to return the Sands of Time to the hourglass, using the Dagger of Time.

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