ScuzzBlog: Diaries November 2023

Entry 12th November 2023: Post 1: Tomb Raider Remastered - Prince of Persia.

Tomb Raider Remastered - Prince of Persia.

What I failed to mention the other day when I was discussing the
very wonderful Lara Croft was that in February next year you can
enjoy a remastered version of the original game on PS4 and PS5.
Unlike the remake this is literally the original version but
remastered and improved with better quality graphics and double
the frame rate. The project is still work in progress and already
the feedback from the interest groups is that they are working to
add even more quality to the original. Looks very impressive.

That aside I think it is worth also mentioning that it was no
surprise to discover that Toby Gard had been inspired by the game
Prince of Persia when creating Tomb Raider. There are so many
similarities in the game when you play through Prince of Persia.

The environment is based on a controlled grid or cube and all the
activities are keyed into that simple configuration. The characters
have critical movement fixed to steps to define traversed distance
based on the cube depth. Therefore a jump can be one tile or two.
Also the characters can simply walk to avoid spikes. Note that
the cube in Prince of Persia is a stretched vertical cube, what
ever that is called.

The walkways can trigger doorways or collapse from below. Death
from falling is a real and constant hazard and often there are
traps such as spikes below collapsing tiles. The metal scissor
gates of Prince of Persia also appear in Tomb Raider.

The characters can jump and hang or simply stand and hang off the
edges of cubes on grid. Precisely locating your character in
respect of the grid cube will determine if you are successful in
raising to the top of the cube edge. The bodies sway under the
action of movement adding realism.

The prince of Persia characters were captured on video and then
translated to computer images. Lara however is all computer
generated complete with spike boobs.

Hostile mobs are only sprinkled throughout the levels and these
are almost incidental though still proving dangerous. Toby Gard
like me has a dislike for killing humans for the sake of it. He
much preferred featuring creatures as hostiles. However he regrets
now using so many endangered species in the original Tomb Raider.

Prince of Persia was the creation of Jordan Mechner and was first
released on October 3rd 1989 by Broderbund. Some seven years before
Tomb Raider.It was also released on the Amiga in 1990 and features
in Amiga Format Issue 20.

Prince of Persia is but one DD disk on the Amiga and is seriously
one of the best games for the platform. If you are interested in
the style of game then maybe also try Another World.

Tomb Raider Remastered - Prince of Persia.

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