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Prince of Persia

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Apple II - Atari ST - FM Towns - Game Gear - Genesis - SEGA Master System - Sharp X68000 - TurboGrafx CD

Alt names הנסיך - דו קרב בארמון, הנסיך הפרסי, プリンスオブペルシャ, Jordan Mechner', s Prince of Persia, Pers Prensi, PoP, Prince de Perse, Prince of Persia Retro
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States (1990)
Brazil, United States (1992)
United Kingdom (1993)
Genre Action
Theme Middle East, Platform, Puzzle elements, Regional differences
Publisher Brøderbund Software, Inc., Hit Squad, The, Softgold Computerspiele GmbH
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.57 / 5 - 680 votes

Description of Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia was released in 1989 on the Apple II and received critical acclaim followed by commercial success when released in Japan the following year. The fluid character animations, considered cutting edge at the time, were based on videos of the game designer's brother performing stunts as well as action sequences from classic films.

The plot, influenced by the Arabian Nights tales, revolves around the eponymous Prince who has been imprisoned by the evil Grand Vizier Jaffar. He has one hour to escape the dungeon and rescue the Sultan's daughter who has been placed under a curse by Jaffar and given a choice to marry him or die!

A side scrolling action game, gameplay consists of navigating Jaffar's dungeons and later his tower by running, climbing and avoiding traps (along with Jaffar's guards). As the game progresses, the Prince will also be hindered by his own doppelganger, conjured up by Jaffar to thwart him.

Although simple by today's standards, it's still very playable, the gameplay has inspired many future cinematic action platformers such as Flashback. A sequel Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow of the Flame would be released in 1993 followed by a successful gaming franchise.

Review By Richard

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How to play Prince of Persia

  1. Create a new folder for the game e.g. C:\OLDGAMES\PRINCE
  2. Extract the game files to the new game folder.
  3. Open DOSBox by running DOSBox.exe.
  4. In DOSBox type ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES’ and press ENTER
  5. Type ‘C:’ and press ENTER followed by ‘CD PRINCE’ and ENTER.
  6. Later versions allow you to set sound options. To do so:
  7. Type ‘SETUP’ and then press ENTER
  8. Choose the sound options and exit back to the DOSBox.
  9. To start the game type ‘PRINCE’ and press ENTER.

Comments and reviews

Jomsom 2024-05-08 2 points DOS version

How can I save my progress in dos box?

Packri 2024-04-08 2 points DOS version

The SNES mod for DOS has a bug. The tile that should open the final door in level 2 doesn't actually open it... T_T

windows95onvoice2023 2024-01-11 -2 points

Doesn work? Sadly This try fix a repair roms, download like fixed emulator not start at prince of persia game Waah, wah waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh

Muppetboy 2023-12-09 1 point DOS version

I played this as a kid, in 1990 I was nine,but I must have played it when I was a tad older.

Such great memories, not only of playing, but drawing maps on squared paper, lol :)

LeoUruguay 2023-11-03 1 point

Horas jugando al Prince

Robotas 2023-08-31 0 point

I should say this game is an unofficial sequel of Karateka, I only find out recently, with "The Making of Karateka". Jordan Mechner used the same characters, graphics, some sounds, and improved their animation and colors, then put them in a new designed platform levels with traps and step buttons giving a puzzle game we know today. Go check Karateka, if you don't know it yet, it's a must for PoP fans.

Emre 2023-02-15 -4 points

The game crashes with Sound Blaster 16 soundcard if sound mode is selected Sound Blaster Pro. If we select standard audio the music cannot be heard and sounds are now like midi's. Also tried with Sound Blaster 128 and this time music cannot be heard but only new sounds.

Emre 2023-02-15 1 point DOS version

Thank you for preserving this marvel.. Still playing it @2023.

Shri 2023-01-19 -3 points

first time visit on this site i download game, i get an error this app can not run on your pc. I have window 11 64 bit

The Boz 2023-01-09 -3 points DOS version

I could never really get used to platformers such as this that offered animation that was either motion captured or gave the impression it was. Prince of Persia, Another World and Flashback, all offered slow responses due to the animation and it was all about timing, or pre-timing movements such as jumping. It was ok but for me when the novelty wore off regards the animation, I found it a bit boring and lost interest in it.

Letticia 2023-01-05 -2 points

I love playing games and going to school

rebateman 2022-12-22 1 point

GEBBO, you can play in your web browser.
Or if you have a modded OG Xbox and a copy of Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time for it, you can just go into the game files and open up a full copy of the original game which otherwise requires you to beat Sands Of Time to play.
Or dump the game however you do it and play on a PC OG Xbox emulator.

Gebbo 2022-12-03 -6 points

Hello everybody, I would like to try this old game. I have a windows 10 pc, which version should I download? Thanks in advance :D

Robert Gruber 2022-10-16 -6 points

It was all agreed upon by Thomas Duster and his firm of giblet Dickingsons. It went on for half a year with no input from management, they wanted it to be closed off at 3 am with no reason or malice of forethought. In the end it was quarantined at six decimels past the 4, all with his friend Roderick Broderick and his army of Stephensons. Nice touch from the developers

rebateman 2022-08-11 0 point

I never played this on Sega, DOS, etc but I know I'm not that good at it from playing the official OG Xbox version (which is included in Sands Of Time). Still, I do like it for the time it was made in.

glockie 2022-07-22 0 point

i saw this on youtube so i want to try it

SamboNZ 2022-07-17 0 point DOS version

Gosh so many memories from playing this when I purchased my very first 386 SX-16 PC back in 1990.
Thank you for keeping these old titles alive!

/ib 2022-07-09 0 point

thak you this game is awesome

aaqib 2022-07-05 -1 point

Iam Play this game in windows xp with no sound
thank you for give idea :)))))

Austin 2022-06-16 1 point DOS version

Snes version has a bug on level2.

larry 2022-01-23 2 points

it is a great joy to give a try different versions of the game. back then every other platform had its own charm.

Zoe 2021-11-24 1 point Amiga version

Yo se lo hice con un juego y lo hizo con educación física con el pera y luego a la Tata hemos jugado este juego

Edvaldo 2021-10-07 1 point

Escrevi para o quadrax mas achei que estava nesta pagina, mas tudo bem, quadrax tmb é dos bons

sloppysecondsthethird 2021-09-18 2 points

This game makes me feel alive inside and out and all around and all over everywhere at all times no matter what it takes anytime anyplace anywhere no matter what it takes

Nakula 2021-05-29 0 point

Have you checked the graphics of the Sega Genesis version? They're clearly superior.

Or did you mean mechanics?

PrinceOfPersia 2021-04-26 17 points

Some information on the different DOS versions of Prince of Persia.
(Press Ctrl-V during gameplay to find out which version you have).

Prince of Persia v1.0 : 1990
Original PC version; Has original color scheme (Level 3 dungeon is dark blue)
No Setup program; uses manual command line parameters:
j (joystick); vga, mcga, tga, ega, hga, herc, cga (graphics);
stdsnd, adlib, covox, gblast, ibmg, sblast, tandy (sound)
Cheat activation code is 'megahit'

Prince of Persia v1.3 : 1992
Same levels, but with new color scheme on some levels (Level 3 dungeon is dark green)
Complete Hardware configuration startup Setup program.
You can specify Graphics Mode, Input Device, Sound Device and Music Synthesizer.
Cheat activation code is 'improved'

Prince of Persia v1.4 : 1993 (from Prince of Persia CD Collection)
Levels and color scheme identical to v1.3 (Level 3 dungeon is dark green)
Limited choice for Hardware configuration startup Setup program.
You can only set Sound Device and Music Synthesizer (PC Speaker, Sound Blaster Pro, Other Drivers).
Cheat activation code is 'improved'

Gary 2020-12-17 3 points DOS version

DOS-ROM version is the best!
Prove me wrong!

Erratik 2020-11-19 -10 points

i remember playing this as a flash game...

Bob 2020-09-12 3 points

Remember this as a young fella, Got to the end and finished the final ; albeit very confusing ending of fighting your mirror image, till I worked it out. Great game, a bit frustrating when you die, but a great sense of achievement. Don't use cheats or level skips, it will only ruin the challenge and sense of achievement.

Bwing 2020-08-05 12 points

this work is great
software history is being loss daily and writers and programers die


Kombamba 2020-05-16 1 point

I remember those times playing Prince of Persia and hope to go back

anonymous 2020-05-06 1 point

i hope i enjoy it i am just a begginer

SebasKhan 2020-04-26 1 point DOS version

Hello community. I wrote a comment (spanish) about the game in my blog. It contains some tips for playing.

lalejan 2020-04-09 0 point DOS version

Para acceder a los trucos hay que ejecutar el juego con el comando "PRINCE MEGAHIT" (o "PRINCE IMPROVED" a partir de la version 1.3). Durante el juego disponemos de las siguientes combinaciones de teclas:
SHIFT+L: Ir al siguiente nivel.
SHIFT+T: Añadir triángulo de vida suplementario (máximo 10).
SHIFT+S: Restaura un triángulo de vida perdido.
SHIFT+W: Levitación (caída lenta).
SHIFT+I: Invierte la imagen.
SHIFT+B: Muestra únicamente los sprites.
SHIFT+C: Coordenadas.
SHIFT+A: Reinicia el nivel.
+/-: Aumenta/disminuye el tiempo restante.
K: Mata los enemigos en pantalla.
R: Resucitar.
U/N/H/J: Permite ver el nivel (respectivamente Arriba, Abajo, Izquierda, Derecha).

ZeK005 2020-03-25 0 point DOS version

run prince.exe megahits
with + add time
with Shift+L skip level
another combinations can revive after death, give more health, etc
you are welcome

hgabor84 2020-01-09 1 point - Its already on Commodore 64 too! ;)

hpr895 2019-11-02 -1 point

sup) Don't type "mount", "prince.exe", etc... Just drop PRINCE.EXE file on DosBox icon. You can drop any game on DosBox icon.

Abuklao 2019-10-03 2 points

Hey guys,

I absolutely love the game from my childhood. But I am having a slight problem.

I followed the how-to-play instructions, but I can't get the game to play at all. I'm using Windows 10 and DosBox 0.74-3.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong, please somebody help.

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

Best regards,

Albert 2019-01-04 3 points

shift key + L makes you skip a level.

you can skip to level 4

AexTb 2018-10-31 -3 points

I love this game. I finish it, without saving. Is possible save? i don't remember that...

The Chosen One 2018-10-26 0 point DOS version

im using dosbox and when I run prince of Persia it wont let me move and when I tried the other versions the noise is not the same as the original. and when I try to open in full screen ( ALT ENTER ) it just zooms to far out and then the screen goes small again. plz help this is breaking my heart.

TOTO 2018-10-13 -3 points DOS version

Give Me The Cheats Plz

Tron 2018-08-13 1 point

You forgot out of this world...that game came before flashback. Flashback is fun, but out of this world gives you the best POP experience. Also, there was this horrible game on SNES called nosferatu. That is the worst of the lot.

Joey Account 2018-02-11 1 point DOS version

This game is so good Even today its game play is excellent, Game plays great on my raspberry pi. Classic for sure!

Akos 2017-11-14 1 point

How to get through level 2?
The door opening trap is not found, also the level structure is different compared to ones shown on youtube.

Δημήτρης Νόρτον-Νικολακόπουλος 2017-09-10 1 point DOS version

B E S T V I D E O G A M E E V E R. Enough said . . .

Juan perez 2017-05-15 0 point

If you don't know, you can select the game versión and if you want the true game you must pick v1.0

Yusufylmz1986 2017-03-02 0 point

I have a video about this game.

This game from my childhood memories :(

Servid 2017-01-31 0 point DOS version

This was my first video game ever... So many memories.
My dad introduce to this world hahaha.
Thank you very much!

vcarer 2017-01-18 1 point

i love this site !!!

chickenBok 2016-10-15 2 points

I always felt even as a 7 year old that princess was more trouble than she was worth. Her chambers weren't even guarded like, she could have left at any time.

emaborsa 2016-10-02 0 point DOS version

There is a problem on level 2. Some parts are missing and i'm not able to open the final door....there's no way out...

Lifti 2016-07-31 0 point DOS version

I can confirm that there is something wrong with version 1.4
Parts of the levels 1 and 2 look different than the one in the original version and as far as i noticed it is not possible in level 2 to open the exit-door. seems to be a bug. so don't use v1.4 but 1.3 or 1.0 instead.

Class of 89 2016-07-29 0 point DOS version

Loved to play this on my Amstrad 286 with 512k memory and a SoundBlaster Pro card! I still had the 3.5inch floppy disk with a copy of the game!

Talha 2016-06-15 -2 points


DareDevil 2016-03-20 2 points DOS version

This game is my first game i played when i am in 1 class of my school i love this game & i want to play this game once more in my life please tell me how to install this game

tuq 2016-01-20 0 point DOS version

i really like this game since it was released. especially the way i killed the guard with spike traps or meat-cutter traps.

roamer 2015-12-22 0 point

I remember this game from the early 90's. Pretty hard. Could never get very far. Maybe I should try again...

saqib 2015-12-11 2 points

it is so beautful game

king osama 2015-11-11 0 point

The best way to win this game by is speed and play

karthik 2015-08-05 -4 points DOS version

Please reliese on android mobiles

Dude 2015-02-04 0 point DOS version

Yes there's something wrong with level 2. Also it's different gameplay from what I remember. I'll try the original version.

219800051 2015-01-30 -2 points DOS version

Version 1.4. I'm running the game in dosbox and seems to be a bug at level 2. The exit door won't open. Does anyone has the same problem ?

Pink Floyd 2014-05-21 1 point DOS version

Timeless. The animation of this game was so good the first time I saw it....... It was one of my greatest moments in gaming. It was one of the most impressive moments I have had and I am a first generation gamer.

mood 2014-05-04 1 point DOS version


cesc1 2014-04-23 1 point DOS version


abhi 2014-04-11 1 point DOS version


rao 2013-12-10 0 point DOS version

please prince of parshia dawnload kr dain

Arenics 2013-10-11 1 point DOS version

I just got an only thing to say about this game: SHIFT + L

Pink Floyd 2013-10-06 1 point DOS version

I did not have a PC until about 3 years after this game came out. So when I got this game it was not the newest thing and had been out for a while. It still blew me away. The animation was incredible. Years ahead of its time. Even games like Out of this World (Another World) did not impress me as much as this game did. Tomb Raider came out light years after and made great use of animation like this in 3D. This game as aged as well as any of the best PC games ever made. Still great fun!

Drifter 2013-05-27 1 point DOS version

One of the most ported games ever, but just got to play the original!

wardtf 2013-04-24 0 point DOS version

Weird.. aks for disk 1...

WinXP Prof

markegiani 2013-04-10 1 point DOS version

One of the best games in that time ! Beautiful animation with never-seen gameplay. Lots of traps and difficult tasks to perform make this game jewel no.1 in platform/arcade adv. genre.

Jordiet 2013-04-05 0 point DOS version

The best game ever! addictive, smooth movementes... battles requiering high dexterity... I love it!

Dan 2013-03-18 1 point DOS version

The game that made my childhood.

persian hero 2013-03-02 1 point DOS version

wow! those old days!

Goxon 2012-12-14 0 point DOS version

The Prince of Persia games reminds me of those good old days. Very interesting epic adventure.

ann 2012-03-20 0 point DOS version

Can u use cheats on mac with this game?

mymoon 2012-01-29 0 point DOS version

oh! I just played the c64 remake of this game!

betty 2011-11-05 1 point DOS version

anyone know why i have no sound in this game?

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