The story in this game is pretty simple. Its not anything really innovative or creative. Just the standard 'rescue the princess' scenario. You and the princess have fallen in love secretly, but while the Sultan is away his Vizier Jaffar eyes the throne and sees the princess as an easy way to get it. He captures you, throws you in the dungeon, and give the princess an ultimatum. "Marry me or die within the hour." This sets the scene for the whole game.
When this game says within the hour, it means within the hour. You have to beat the game in its entirety within 60 minutes. When you look at it, it seems an impossible task. It is more than possible though. You are allowed one save, and it will always start you at the beginning of the level. No saving right before a though jump, or before an important battle. One slip up, and its back to the beginning of the level. There are 12 levels in all.
I took a fairly systematic approach to beating this game. You aren't allowed to save the game until the third level starts so it is in your best interest to get through the first two as quickly as you can. Once on the third level, I saved... putting the clock at about 53 minutes left. Once I was able to save, I worked my way through the level, exploring every place I could to determine the best route through the level. Then I would reload my save and complete the level in the most efficient manner. Cheating maybe, but effective.
|A fight on level 2.|
Most of the time, the levels are pretty much the same. You fight guards, find a way to open the door to the next level, and try not to die along the way. The game is pretty good at putting a few unique situations in front of you though. For instance, in the third level I believe, there is a skeleton that block your path to the door after you open it. It is impossible to kill so you have to work your way past it.
Another situation come up a little later on. After opening the door to the next level, a mirror appears in your path blocking you from continuing. When you run jump through it, a shadow version of yourself runs away. This shadow prince hinders you a couple times along the way. One time, he stands next to a pressure plate to close a gate you need to pass through. This ends up sending you back into the dungeons to try and escape again. At some other point, he takes and drinks a potion that gives you more valuable health.
|The magic mirror.|
|He just drank my potion!|
|The Fat Guard!|