Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an action game with platforming and puzzle solving elements. You take on the role of the Prince who gets two powerful artifacts: the Dagger of Time and the Sands of Time. Tricked by the Vizier, he releases the Sands that turn citizens into monsters. Now Prince needs to fix his mistake.
The key feature of the game is Prince’s ability to rewind time using the Dagger. It’s combined with platforming as you explore the city climbing walls and jumping over obstacles, and fights with enemies. If you make a mistake during these activities, you can go back to ten seconds and change your actions. The Dagger also allows to slow time and freeze enemies. You can’t customize the protagonist, however, you can upgrade his health and power at special points within levels.
The game consists of several levels full of multiple traps and environmental puzzles. Some levels are cooperative and you complete them together with your AI companion, Farah. While Prince uses melee combat and different tricks, she fires a bow at enemies. You need to protect Farah because the game ends if she dies..