We've all played Prince of Persia in one form or another (and if you haven't, major game shame) Now we may get a chance to revisit the game that spawned the series, due to a bit of luck:
Jordan Mechner, ...the creator of Prince of Persia... created the original game for the Apple II way back in 1989. Along the way, he managed to misplace the original source code for that first Prince of Persia game and has been searching for it ever since.
Yesterday he found it, and the discovery is all thanks to his father. The three packs of 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks had been safely stored away in a brown box. The problem he faces now is how to extract the code from those old 3.5″ disks.
The ultimate aim is to make the source code readable on modern machines, and hopefully after that he may be kind enough to release it for us all to see.
I was old enough to have played it on the Apple but I didn't own a computer back then so my first PoP exposure was on the SNES. I absolutely loved that game. It was simple but it conveyed great atmosphere and the true sense of adventure.
By the way, I can't help but mention it. The girl in that video capture is absolutely beautiful. I love the way she moves too. He made a good choice for the rotoscoping.
Man, talk about memories. I agree that it would be awesome if they did something like releasing the code to the community.
If nothing else I bet an update to this game game would make pretty well on a tablet, particularly if they supported blue-tooth controllers. Make it take advantage of the power of the devices but please don't fuck with the gameplay!
It's aged surprisingly well, those visuals look really good, especially the pixel animation.
I think those visuals are from the PC remake that was done years after the Apple II version. I played the original game on the Apple II - although the graphics were good for the time they weren't that good, and the Apple II had poor sound.