If you were a fan of the classic PlayStation 2 title Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, then you were no doubt excited about the 2021
What makes a game similar to Sands of Time? In essence, the original was a 3D puzzle platformer with a focus on time manipulation and parkour mechanics. Those are the main elements we are looking for, and although you won’t find anything that fits perfectly Sands of Time’s tone and gameplay, there are plenty that hits similar beats.
Note: A few games on this list were originally released during the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era. While modern Xbox systems support many 360 games, the same cannot be said for the PlayStation 4 or 5 when it comes to PlayStation 3 games. Therefore, we will not mention PlayStation 3 releases of games unless they are also available on modern PlayStation consoles.
Assassin’s Creed (PC / Xbox)
When it comes to games that call Sands of Time in mind, the original Assassin’s Creed is one of the closest. While the series has seen and done a lot, the first game, released in 2007, focuses more on the aspects of the series that go back to Prince of Persia-makes sense since it started as a spin-off from those games. The simple parkour mechanics, combat and world design will delight fans of the prince of Persia series, while still delivering some unique mechanics such as the grand open world and assassination missions.
Of course, this is not true Assassin’s Creed series ends – far from it. There are 12 other main items in the series that visit different time periods. Like the swashbuckling pirate adventure in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag or the most recent release, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which takes place in the Age of the Vikings. They are all good supplements for that Prince of Persia, although none are as true as the original.
The first Assasin’s Creed is currently available for PC and Xbox Series X / S.
Titanfall 2 (PC / Xbox / PS)
Although there may have been no weapons or futuristic technology in it Prince of Persia, Titanfall 2 has always been heavily praised for its great movement and parkour mechanics. This is the most agile you’ll ever feel in a first-person shooter, and because of that dedication to movement, we felt it was a fitting blend of the parkour roots of Sands of Time and modern FPS games. The story even includes some time travel elements for the record, even though it doesn’t affect gameplay that much.
Titanfall 2 is available on PC, Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC / Xbox / PS)
The Tomb Raider series feels like it was cut from the same fabric as the original prince of Persia games as both are action adventure games with platforming and puzzle solving elements. And the most recent item in it Tomb Raider series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, keeps that idea alive. In this game, Lara Croft must explore the legendary city of Paititi to solve the mystery of the Dagger or Chak Chel. It’s a grand adventure of exploration, puzzle solving and combat that matches exactly what was created Sands of Time very well.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available on PC, Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5.
Mirror’s Edge (PC / Xbox / PS)
When it comes to parkour games, hardly one is known or highly regarded anymore Mirror’s Edge. This minimalist masterpiece gives you a liberating movement system to navigate the game’s expertly designed stages. Mirror’s Edge rewards mastery of the mechanics as there is always room for improvement in your times at every stage leading to a very active speedrunning scene if you like that. But even if you only want to go through the game once and be done with it, you’ll still have a great time learning the mechanics and enjoying the story.
Mirror’s Edge is available on PC and Xbox Series X / S.
SUPERHOT (PC / Xbox / PS / switch)
SUPER HOT is one of the most unique FPS games you will ever play, all thanks to a shared gameplay mechanic with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time-time manipulation. Because in SUPER HOT, time moves only when you do; whether you’re walking across the room or dodging an attack, time will suddenly speed up from its normally frozen state. This allows you to string together actions that are different from other games. You can hit an enemy, steal his gun and then shoot his friend while feeling like the coolest person on the planet, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg: there’s a lot going on inside SUPER HOT.
SUPER HOT is available on PC, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch. There is also the fantastic VR version of it SUPER HOT available and SUPERHOT: REMOVE MIND CONTROL, delivering even more of the same great gameplay as the original.
Sunset Overdrive (PC / Xbox)
In this colorful and bombastic third-person shooter you have to make full use of the free movement it offers to create combos, navigate the map and, you know, not die. Sunset Overdrive is one of the most unique games you will ever play, but beneath all that style is some similar parkour mechanics Sands of Time. If you like action packed games but want a touch of simple parkour to enhance the experience, Sunset Overdrive is a great blend that is sure to be a lot of fun.
Sunset Overdrive is available on PC and Xbox Series X / S.
Timespinner (PC / Xbox / PS / Switch)
Moving on to a completely different genre, Time spinner is a 2D pixelated Metroidvania (a genre of games based on exploration and the use of different skills to unlock new parts of the map) that, as you might guess from the name, gives you control over time.
Whether it’s exploration, combat or puzzle-solving, time manipulation is a core element of it all, making this game feel like an unofficial 2D spin-off of Sands of Time-although there are also plenty of unique ideas on display. If you are a fan of Metroidvania’s or sidescrollers in general, Time spinner is the game on this list for you.
Time spinner is available on PC, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
Hot lava (PC)
As your favorite part of Sands of Time is the platform mechanics and you just want more of that, Hot lava is happy to deliver. This game is packed with excellent levels that will test your understanding of the game’s movement system, all wrapped up in a great visual style. And even if you manage to burn all of the content in the game, the support for community-created stages is fantastic and you can play for many more hours.
Dying Light (PC / Xbox / PS)
Extinguishing light is another first-person parkour game, and while the parkour mechanics feel fantastic to use as you navigate the game’s post-apocalyptic world, there’s a lot more than a desire for a better time to get you on your feet to keep because Extinguishing light introduces survival mechanics into the equation. What does this mean? That hordes of zombies chase you as you navigate the map and that you have to collect materials to make weapons. This gives you plenty to keep track of and think about, while also making sure you get good at the parkour of the game – because if not, you die, it’s that simple.
Extinguishing light is available on PC, Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5. A sequel was set to be released last year, but it was also delayed and we haven’t received a new release window yet.
Time manipulation has great potential when it comes to puzzle solving, and Timelie strives to capitalize on that potential. This top-down puzzle game combines elements of stealth and strategy in the mix to create a thoroughly unique experience. Plan your moves with the foresight that time travel entails, so you can be sure to complete each stage without scratching. You even have a feline companion whose integral part of many of the puzzles: what’s not to love?
Braid (PC / Xbox)
Braid is one of the most iconic indie games of all time, but more importantly for this list, it’s one of the best examples of time manipulation in video games. This sidescroller constantly adjusts time for platforming, fighting enemies, and solving puzzles to reach the end of each level. The images are unique, the music is fantastic and the game exudes a creative level design.
Braid was originally released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and can be played on modern Xbox systems. However, a remastered version of it sometime this year Braid titled Braid, anniversary edition will be released with enhanced visuals on PC, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.