Design: Randall Montanari
When Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hit store shelves in 2003, no one was quite sure of how good it would be. Although Ubisoft Montreal had hit it big with Splinter Cell the previous year, the world of acrobatic platformers had been dominated by increasingly disappointing Tomb Raider games, and the fact that they were reviving a franchise that had already seen a less-than-stellar 3D outing (1999's Prince of Persia 3D) didn't augur well. Luckily, Ubisoft's talented Canadians managed to put out an excellent game that managed to imbue players with a sense of power by allowing them to intuitively perform complex actions and solve some devious little puzzles. In Sands of Time, you took control of the titular Prince, who's tasked with undoing the damage caused by his foolish use of the Dagger of Time.
Last year, the success of Sands of Time was followed up with Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, a darker look at the Prince that saw him attempting to reach the location of the Empress of Time in an attempt to kill her, in the hopes that this would rid himself of the invincible Dahaka, a time monster that sought to destroy the Prince for his abuse of the Dagger of Time. In the end, he and the Empress managed to defeat the Dahaka and escape from her island dwelling, only to set sail for Babylon, the kingdom of the Prince's father.
And that's where Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones picks up. Like the other games in the series, you're going to have to maneuver through numerous puzzle and fiendish traps, while attempting to fight back against numerous sand-imbued enemies of various stripes, all in the name of restoring himself to the throne of his usurped kingdom. GameSpot's Game Guide to The Two Thrones features a complete walkthrough to the game, including the locations of all six hidden health upgrades, video for all the boss fights, as well as a few general tips to get you through the rough sections.