Thursday, July 7

The mythical ‘Prince of Persia’ returns 32 years later with a most retro adaptation for the 8-bit Atari XL / XE


Old rockers never die, they say, and neither do some machines and great games of the past. This is the case of the ‘Prince of Persia’, the mythical game that Broderbund launched in 1989 for the Apple II and which later appeared on a multitude of platforms.

He didn’t do it for everyone, though, and 32 years after that original release, this video game arrives on the 8-bit Atari XL / XE, some machines whose users – if they still keep them functional – will finally be able to enjoy a great ‘port’ developed by lovers of retrogaming.

An outstanding debt is resolved

Up to 12 people have been involved for two years in the development of this adaptation, which after that time have achieved that “one of the greatest games of all time, “the ‘Prince of Persia’, is available for the Atari XL / XE.

Although little known in our country, These 8-bit computers started in 1982. They did it with the 1200XL model, which was criticized for being too expensive, but then the 800XL and 600XL would appear, something more modest.

That XL family was canceled with the arrival of Jack Tramiel – the controversial manager who had left Commodore in 1984-, that bought Atari from Warner for a bargain price. Although it focused on developing the 16-bit Atari ST to compete with the Amiga, shortly after the Atari XE of 8 bits would be sent that continued the journey of the XL.

The sales of those computers were overshadowed by those of the Commodore 64 and other 8-bit computers, but still there are those who have continued to enjoy them almost four decades after their launch.

That is clear with this adaptation or ‘port’ of the ‘Prince of Persia’, which was an overwhelming success on the Apple II and on all the platforms on which it was launched. Users of Atari 8-bit computers never had a chance to enjoy it up to now.

With this adaptation it is possible to play ‘Prince of Persia’ on any Atari XL / XE with 128 Kb of RAM. As its creators explain, the game has been adapted from the version that existed for the BBC Master developed by the group of developers called Bitshifters and whose code was available on GitHub.

Via | VintageIsTheNewOld



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