Software developer Oliver Klemenz found a way to play the original Prince of Persia on an Apple Watch, despite the device’s lack of a web browser.
Despite the Apple Watch‘s lack of a dedicated web browser, software developer Oliver Klemenz found a quick and easy way to play 1989’s Prince of Persia on the smart device. A beloved fantasy platformer, Prince of Persia was originally designed for the Apple II by series creator Jordan Mechner. Fortunately, more people can now access the classic experience thanks to princejs.com, a web browser version playable across tablets, smartphones, PC, and Mac.
Two sequels followed the first game’s release, with The Shadow and the Flame launching in 1993 and Prince of Persia 3D hitting Dreamcast and PC in 1999. Of course, the brand especially took the world by storm when Ubisoft entered the mix at the turn of the century. The French publisher assigned Splinter Cell studio Ubisoft Montréal the task of reimaging Prince of Persia, an effort that came to fruition upon the 2003 release of The Sands of Time. And while fans patiently await The Sands of Time remake, many will be thrilled to know that even their smartwatch is capable of supporting a blast from the past.
The Apple Watch may not feature a web browser, yet software developer Oliver Klemenz still figured out a way to get the browser version of the original Prince of Persia running on the device. It seems pretty simple, too. In a brief Twitter post, Klemenz explained that Apple Watch users need only to send a message or email to themselves with the princejs.com link attached, then open said link on their watch. The developer showcased the method in a video that depicts the classic Prince of Persia adventure running at “near original resolution” on his Apple Watch. Check it out in the following tweet:
This Apple Watch loophole serves as but another neat way for Prince of Persia fans to access the platformer. Whether or not it’s worth the effort, however, will be for individual players to decide. Still, this seems worth trying at least once, especially since the process to access the browser version doesn’t require too many steps.
In terms of new content on consoles and PC, Prince of Persia has remained dormant for more than a decade, its last major release, The Forgotten Sands, hitting store shelves during the PS3 and Xbox 360 era in May 2010. Many consider Ubisoft’s focus on Assassin’s Creed, which spawned out of an assassin-centric Prince of Persia project, as the primary reason for the older brand’s long bout of inactivity.
Source: Oliver Klemenz/Twitter
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