YMMV / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The game provides examples of:

  • Demonic Spiders: The blue spear enemies that are immune to vault attacks (unless you vault off of a wall instead of them), and the sword enemies that are immune to vault attacks and have a sweeping attack that goes underneath the Prince's guard to damage him anyway.
  • Game Breaker: Except for the aforementioned enemies that are immune to it (knocking the Prince down when he attempt it,) vault attacks are very overpowered, often knocking down enemies in only two hits. And even with the two immune enemies, if you're next to a wall, you can pull it off anyway by rebounding off of the wall instead of the enemy. This will instantly knock them down, leaving them open for the finisher. The sequels nerfed it.
    • Even more of A Game Breaker is the fact that by changing one button that same vault move can instantly kill an enemy and collect it's sand without having to knock it down.
  • Goddamned Bats: Of the ledge kind. The game has swarms of bats that tend to show up when you're perched on a ledge hundreds of feet above ground. A couple of unlucky hits will have you falling. There are also vultures that attack you while you're climbing ledges, and at some points they literally hang around in the area and do not attack unless you start climbing or balancing on a precarious ledge.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The guard who tells you how to activate the defense mechanism.
  • That One Boss: The Sand King is one of the game's only two bosses and quite a few players would argue he is in fact the hardest one to beat, especially considering that you need to face him relatively early in the game.

The film provides examples of:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Given that King Sharaman apparently spends most of his time drinking, enjoying the company of his wives and studying religious scripture, how good of a King is he really? Considering that Nizam is implied to have always been the true power behind the throne, even though he's evil, how badly would he have ruled the Empire, when he's been basically doing that for decades?!
    • The reason Sharaman's reign was so prosperous is that the two brothers ruled together. Nizam was obviously the brains, while Sharaman was the face and Morality Chain. Take either of them out of the equasion and the kingdom would go to the dogs. It's a shame that Nizam never understood his importance.
  • Complete Monster: Nizam, the uncle of the hero Dastan, chafed at being in the shadow of his elder brother, the King. To remove himself from under the King's shadow, Nizam set his sights on the Dagger of Time and the Sands of Time, not caring of the horrors and chaos he could unleash on the world. Nizam brought about a battle with an innocent city, not remotely caring of the deaths of innocents, and arranged the death of his own brother while attempting to have his sons murdered. Revealing an utter contempt for the adopted low-born Dastan, Nizam revealed his true goal was to rewind time so he could undo this greatest error: once saving his brother's life when they were children.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Seso.
    • Sheik Amar also completely steals whatever scene he's in.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The viewer might buy that the hero's brothers are killed off. However, when you see his love interest falling to her death, you know the Sands of Time will somehow rewind time at the end of the movie to undo her death. This also applies, in part, to the game.
  • Iron Woobie: Dastan.
  • So Okay, It's Average
  • Strangled by the Red String: Dastan and Tamina have the whole movie to slowly bond with each other, get into playful arguments and display plenty of Belligerent Sexual Tension. This seems to be one of the good things as their chemistry and the build up feels natural... But their First Kiss comes at the worst possible time. Right after violently dispatching the Big Bad's dragon.
  • Video-Game Movies Suck: The general consensus is that Prince of Persia is the best video game film adaptation ever released by mainstream Hollywood. This is usually followed by the caveat that this is not exactly a high standard to meet.
    • Many have often considered this film to be rather forgettable as well.