Three years after SPARTAAAA!!!!! became a meme, the Prince of Persia forgot all about sand. How’s that for the screwiest opening sentence ever? The Forgotten Sands didn’t get the best reviews, but it has some of the best platforming. For the purposes of a speedrun, things like horde combat and certain kinds of puzzles might be fun to play, but they’re considerably less fun to sit there and watch. This is a NG+ run with glitches, so you’ll see things like wall clipping. As a last note, make sure you turn your volume way up – the video’s awfully quiet for some reason.
Samabam holds the record for every speed run category for this game, which is impressive even though there isn’t a lot of competition. The parkour is interesting and a bit reminiscent of Tomb Raider. You won’t see much combat until about halfway through, and the fights don’t take very long. Other Prince of Persia games have better choreographed and more robust combat, but Forgotten Sands‘ central focus is platforming. There aren’t even that many puzzles compared to other Prince of Persia games. It’s part of why Forgotten Sands received such lukewarm reviews despite being a fine game in and of itself.
Know what I just realized? This would be fun to watch with Welcome to the Forty Thieves playing on repeat. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is very straightforward, even played normally. On NG+, everything is that much easier, yet NG+ has fewer runs, and the “all sarcophagi” category is almost completely empty. Go figure.
If you’d prefer something more ornery, we have a UFO run of Silent Hill 3 to show you as well. It’s supposed to be a creepy horror game, but this run absolutely destroys that mood and turns it into more of a wacky space-esque adventure.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.