Around the same time that MOOD made a big impression with C64 sceners in 1996/97, Attila Pohorai (Coding and level graphics) and Viktor Varga (Intro code and graphics) put together a preview which would get many fanatical game’s players excited, including the C64 crowd.
Even though the classic Prince Of Persia was converted to almost every format in existence, the C64 version for some unknown reason was missed out. Sad, because every version that came out was a huge hit. It’s unknown actually if the C64 did have an official version in the planning stages, though the non existence of a C64 conversion was about to be rectified.
A series of stills were released as a slideshow preview, showing various screens of the game on the C64. It was just impressive to see the game making some kind of form on our beloved breadbin, but behind the hype it seems that Prince Of Persia looked a little off colour and plain with its shades of cyan and blue.
And even though a lot of screens were in the preview, there was no main character to look at, or any action whatsoever… just some stills and a good conversion of the game’s Arabian tune. Once the excitement died down, so did any sign of more news of the game. The guy behind the graphics contacted GTW and mentioned that the game hadn’t been scrapped, but no more has since been heard and it seems as P.O.P had finally been stopped.
It is not known how far the game ever reached, and even if the main character was present and running around, just like the original game. Hopefully contact with Viktor will help us find out some more, and even see some glimpses of what had been done.
In total there have been 3 attempts on converting Prince of Persia – one unofficial and two official. Including this entry, you can read about all 3 within GTW64. However, in late 2011 – Mr Sid completed an impressive unofficial conversion of the game in Easy Flash format which you can checkout here: http://www.rgcd.co.uk/2011/10/prince-of-persia-c64.html
Contributions: Viktor Varga