Review: Prince of Persia The Lost Crown Explained to Parents

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What parents need to know

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown is the new game in the Prince of Persia franchise, developed by Ubisoft and released on January 18, 2024.

In this game, you play as Sargon, a young member of the Immortal warrior clan and an outstanding acrobat, as he travels to the cursed city of Mount Qaf to rescue the kidnapped Prince Ghassan. The universe in which the characters evolve is heavily inspired by Persian mythology. The game invites the player to solve riddles, to complete puzzles, and to find hidden treasures. Sargon’s adventures and quests lead him to acquire Time Powers as well as supernatural combat abilities.

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown is a 2.5D platformer in which the player will have to alternate between acrobatic prowess and various combat techniques to progress through the story. The title is what’s called a Metroidvania; That is to say, a title in which IN explores a large map, with sections that open up as you unlock new skills.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown received a T-rated for teens in North America, and a PEGI 16 rating in Europe.

Article written with the contribution of
Chun Gagné Cliche

The game was offered by the publisher for review. It does not influence our opinion.


Release date: 18 January 2024
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Available on: Epic Games Store PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Available format: Physical and digital
Version tested: Playstation 5

Game genre: Adventure, Platformer, Action, Singleplayer, Metroidvania
Themes covered: Persian mythology, adventure, action
Duration of a game: 1h
Duration of the main game/story: 8pm
Total time to complete everything: 25h

Text languages: German, English, Simplified chinese, Traditional chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian,
Voice languages: German, English, Simplified chinese, Traditional chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian,

Number of local players: 1

Level of experience required

Age 3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+


The art style is colorful and reminiscent of cartoons, but it features battles between human opponents and against mythical creatures. Some special attacks and cutscenes show acts of violence such as an impalement and a person pinned to the wall by a sword. There are also traces of blood on occasion.

No nudity or sexual content.

Many instructions on how to use the different powers appear in the game. There are descriptions and explanations for many concepts.

Many additional details about the history are also communicated by reading traces left on stones or artifacts scattered throughout Mount Qaf. To understand the whole story and learn more about the game’s universe, you’ll have to read. On the other hand, the essential elements of the story are dialogued.

As far as the language level goes, the word “ass” appears in the
game according to the ESRB, but that’s

In the end, Sargon is a hero; his main mission is to save the young prince of Persia. However, he does not hesitate to use violent methods to achieve this.

The difficulty is constantly adjustable at any time. Bored? Increase the damage!

Are you struggling with enemies or obstacles? Decrease the difficulty.

Almost all the buttons on the controller are used, you have to coordinate all the manipulations. However, the game is permissive and it is possible to reduce the punishments and damage received by enemies, or the environment as shown. There are a few additional accessibility options.

However, some platforming challenges are quite challenging, and will require some practice for players who are less used to it.

Buying the game once gives you access to all of its content.

Local game modes

It’s a single-player game, so there are no local or online game modes.

Online Game Modes


Expansions/Add-ons (DLC)

No expansion has been announced.

Our opinion

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a success.

This title is inspired by the best Metroidvanias (Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Metroid Dread) to offer us a title that builds on an already solid foundation. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown doesn’t just emulate the successes of the genre; We refine the mechanics to make the experience even more enjoyable. One of the most innovative mechanics is the memories that can be left on the map.

At any time, when you run into a puzzle or an inaccessible area, you just have to press the down arrow to take a photo that is left on the world map. So, as you unlock new powers, it’s possible to look at the photos you’ve left on the map to see if you can now progress. An ingenious idea that prevents us from forgetting what we have come across after many hours of play, and above all, an idea that we hope to see recovered in other titles of the genre.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown also offers plenty of ingenious puzzles. After a few hours in the adventure, you unlock a power that allows you to leave a copy of yourself behind to teleport you there later. This mechanic in particular offers a lot of puzzle possibilities, and the developers have exploited it in a very ingenious way.

And in an action-platformer, nothing is more important than the controls, and once again, Ubisoft’s title triumphs. Sargon is a pleasure to embody; The controls respond well, its arsenal of moves is simple but versatile, and above all, once you unlock a few skills, the movements become enjoyable; We jump forward, we accumulate double-jumps, we run, we slide. There’s an exhilarating kinetic feeling.

Visually, Ubisoft also proves here that 2D does not rhyme with lesser visual quality; The backgrounds are very pleasing to the eye, and the interface is extremely stylized. In addition, the universe is extremely colorful and varied, which helps to renew the experience.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is an original proposition for Ubisoft, and we hope that this success will encourage the publisher to offer us other equally successful and innovative experiences.

The return of the Prince of Persia is a success!

Our rating : 19 / 20


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