Prince of Persia

LQ: 9

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Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 9.3

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Other Requirements: None Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Persia’s land has been cursed by Ahriman and it is you, the Prince of Persia, who must save it. In this game the player will take control of both the Prince and his mystical friend, Elika, in the quest to heal the ‘Fertile Grounds’ of Persia that have been plagued by Ahriman. Using your keen awareness, quick reflexes, and restraint in combat are all essential for guiding the protagonists through these dangerous lands. There is a moderate amount of fantasy violence in this game, some strong language,and flirting between the two main characters, but no blood, making Prince of Persia recommended to children ages 12 and up.


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts, and feelings.

There is little penalty for making mistakes in this game, and the player is encouraged to retry difficult segments of the game in order to figure out how to beat them. This allows the player to asses her last approach and realize what went wrong with her thinking. Perhaps a jump was made to soon or an ineffective attack was used against an enemy. In some cases, the player simply have yet to unlock the needed abilities to progress. If the player struggles to correctly assess what went wrong in a given situation, it will become very difficult to progress through game.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

Gameplay in Prince of Persia is split between acrobatic wall-climbing navigation and intuitive combat. As the player, you control both the Prince and his female companion Elika. While navigating through the environment the Prince will climb, leap, and swing through obstacles aided by Elika's magic to reach otherwise impossible areas. The player must be aware of these obstacles and use the correct button combinations to trigger Elika's magical abilities or perform the correct acrobatic moves. Players must learn to become aware of upcoming obstacles and recall the appropriate buttons to scale them on the fly in order to avoid falling.

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings, and behaviors.

Combat works similarly to navigation. Players will still control both characters; the Prince using his sword and gauntlet and Eliza using her magic abilities. Combat in Prince of Persia however is unlike other action games. Players who are accustomed to 'button-mashing' or running head on into battle will not last long against Ahriman's minions. Instead players must use their self-control skills to stop and analyze their opponents for weaknesses. Combat revolves around pulling off a chain of attacks (or a combo). Stringing together combos requires careful timing and correct button sequencing, and when done properly can be extremely rewarding and entertaining.

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