Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, the review

Ubisoft brings a classic back to its two-dimensional origins, without giving up a deep adventure full of innovations

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a new beginning for Ubisoft’s saga, taking it back to the days of two-dimensional scrolling, presenting a deep and challenging adventure that renews the Metroidvania genre. Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, The Lost Crown takes place around the figure of Sargon, an agile and powerful warrior, launched into the mission to save Prince Ghassan from a traitor within his group of immortal warriors. The story develops at a pace, full of twists and turns, in a dangerous world full of pitfalls, where death is always around the corner. Gameplay focuses on platform jumping and combat, with Sargon performing breathtaking stunts, intense attacks, and the use of temporal powers that add a new dimension to the game. The level design is well thought out, with an abundance of traps and obstacles that require skill and timing. Ubisoft Montpellier has created a vast and layered world, where new abilities progressively unlock paths and secrets.

Although the graphics may not have the visual immediacy of other titles of the genre, such as Ori or Hollow Knight, The Lost Crown shines for its animations, especially in Sargon’s parries and final moves, and for very inspired and varied game areas between They. The first half of the game may seem a little slow and too simple, with a start that isn’t particularly engaging. However, the second half of the game is much more engaging, with puzzles and platforming becoming noticeably more complex and rewarding. The acting is good, even if the game is not dubbed into Italian although the writing on the screen is all translated. Ubisoft has integrated various accessibility options, such as screenshots, which allows players to keep track of their objectives and areas to explore. The save system is generous, with checkpoints that allow you to immediately try again without major penalties. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown establishes itself as a new must-see in the Metroidvania genre, offering a satisfying challenge while remaining accessible. While the game takes some time to show its full potential, once it does, it offers an engaging and rewarding gaming experience.

Format: PC, PS4, PS5 (tested version), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, Amazon Luna publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Vote: 8/10