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2 Feb 2024

REVIEW: Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
"Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown" heralds a triumphant return to the illustrious franchise, weaving a tapestry of enthralling action, intricate puzzles, and time-bending adventure that will ensnare players in its spell from the very outset. This latest installment introduces Sargon, a spirited warrior hailing from The Immortals clan, thrust into a perilous journey to the cursed city of Mount Qaf, where the kidnapped Prince Ghassan awaits his rescue.

The gameplay mechanics of "The Lost Crown" are a masterful symphony of agility and strategy. As players guide Sargon through the labyrinthine landscapes, they are empowered with an array of acrobatic feats, from nimble jumps to graceful slides, all seamlessly integrated into the 2.5D side-scrolling platformer format. Sargon wields a formidable pair of blades, engaging adversaries with swift strikes and well-timed parries to charge his Athra's Glow, unleashing devastating abilities upon his foes.

Yet, it is the introduction of time-based powers that truly elevates the gameplay experience. With Rush of the Simurgh, Sargon can propel himself forward through time, evading danger and traversing obstacles with unparalleled speed. Meanwhile, Shadow of the Simurgh allows him to manipulate time itself, marking checkpoints to aid in his perilous journey through the cursed city. The incorporation of talismans further diversifies Sargon's arsenal, offering players the opportunity to tailor their playstyle with a myriad of customizable abilities.

Beneath the surface of "The Lost Crown" lies a richly woven narrative, teeming with intrigue and mystery. Players are drawn into a world brimming with ancient lore and enigmatic characters, as they unravel the secrets of Mount Qaf and the dark forces that threaten to engulf it. The journey is fraught with perilous encounters and challenging puzzles, each serving to deepen the player's immersion in the immersive world of Prince of Persia.

With its breathtaking visuals, captivating storyline, and polished gameplay mechanics, "Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown" stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the franchise. It is a tour de force that seamlessly blends the essence of its predecessors with innovative new features, setting a new standard for the Metroidvania genre. For fans of action-adventure games, "The Lost Crown" is an absolute must-play, earning a resounding score of 8.5 out of 10.

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