Prince of Persia (DOS)

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Prince of Persia
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1990
Developer: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
This page is for DOS release of Prince of Persia '1989. For other games in the series see Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia is one of the most famous DOS action-adventure games.

The story of this takes place in Persia somewhen in the Middle Ages. The old sultan had a daughter, which were beautiful for the sultan's grand vizier, Jaffar. But the princess loved only one man - nameless Prince, who is the main game character. One day Jaffar captured the throne with his magic. The Prince was imprisoned in the dungeons, and Jaffar put the princess for a choice - to marry him, or to die. And gave her only one real hour to choose. One hour - it's the time you had to unchain yourself to run off the jail and save her. Or game will be over.

Victor Pelevin even write a book "Принц Госплана" ("Prince of Central Planning"), inspired by this game. Very rare example of the really great novel inspired by the game.


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The game's title screen.

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The opening story.

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How it really was.

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The actual problem.

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Early on the Level 1.

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Tricking a guard.


The music is great arrangement of the tunes, reminding some Middle Age East music.


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This recording is incomplete.


The titles are based on internal file names, and the tracks are ordered by the usage in the game.

Even there are many cards supported this game, combined into four groups of recording, the most of them seems to be maid retroactively. MT-32 playback doesn't impressive, even it has the best quality of sound. AdLib version sounds synthetic; probably, F. Mechner wrote music for this. PC Speaker version can be described in two words as "annoying noise"; it could be impressive music even for PCS, but the programmers barely worked to utilize MIDI on PC Speaker.

The Roland MT-32 recording starts with a 1, the AdLib recording starts with a 2, the Tandy with 3, the PC Speaker with 4.







101 Prologue A Francis Mechner 0:24 346 KB
102 Prologue B Francis Mechner 0:17 247 KB
103 Princess Francis Mechner 0:17 229 KB
104 Jaffar Francis Mechner 0:18 256 KB
105 Heartbeat Francis Mechner 0:29 411 KB
106 Danger Francis Mechner 0:04 64 KB
107 Potion 1 Francis Mechner 0:03 58 KB
108 Potion 2 Francis Mechner 0:04 73 KB
109 Victory 1 Francis Mechner 0:03 50 KB
110 Victory 2 Francis Mechner 0:04 64 KB
111 Prince Francis Mechner 0:13 189 KB
112 Heartbeat 2 Francis Mechner 0:11 170 KB
113 Accident Francis Mechner 0:04 64 KB
114 Heroic Death Francis Mechner 0:08 107 KB
115 The Shadow Francis Mechner 0:08 132 KB
116 Jaffar 3 Francis Mechner 0:06 73 KB
117 Float Francis Mechner 0:21 271 KB
118 Timer Francis Mechner 0:11 148 KB
119 Tragic End Francis Mechner 0:17 213 KB
120 Jaffar 2 Francis Mechner 0:06 98 KB
121 Embrace Francis Mechner 0:15 220 KB
122 Epilogue Francis Mechner 2:03 1.73 MB
201 Prologue A Francis Mechner 0:24 340 KB
401 Prologue A Francis Mechner 0:22 341 KB
413 Accident Francis Mechner 0:02 44 KB



Game Rip



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  • Music was extracted from MIDISND1.DAT and MIDISND2.DAT files.
  • Digital sounds was extracted from DIGISND1.DAT, DIGISND2.DAT and DIGISND3.DAT files.
  • MT-32 sounds was extracted from MT32SND1.DAT and MT32SND2.DAT files.
  • MT-32 patchset was extracted from PRINCE.DAT file.

MFF and MFX file names were obtained from the title meta events.

MT-32 patchset was injected into MIDI files, so it will be playable in MUNT player or on real Roland MT-32 synthesizer module.

Digital sounds are in custom format which also converted to WAV.

Audio Devices


Icon - AdLib.png Icon - CM-32L.png Icon - LAPC-I.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - Pro AudioSpectrum.png Icon - PS-1 Audio.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - Sound Blaster Pro.png Icon - Tandy 3 Voice.png


Icon - AdLib.png Icon - CM-32L.png Icon - LAPC-I.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - Pro AudioSpectrum.png Icon - PS-1 Audio.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - Sound Blaster Pro.png Icon - The Sound Source.png Icon - Tandy DAC.png

(Sources: Music, Sound)


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Prince of Persia - DOS - USA.jpg
Title: Prince of Persia
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Brøderbund Software, Inc.