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The Prince

• Publisher: Firebird
• Developer:
Firebird
Release Date: 1986
Code: Marcus Charleville

GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

Our Game Rating: 81%
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> THE PRINCE by Firebird


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

The Prince by Firebird is a strange action / RPG game that I owned as a kid. I remember being very unhappy with it as it looked to have great potential, but was too difficult.

The object of the game is to build something to rescue the princess, but also prove your bravery and acquire enough wealth to convince her into escaping with you. This means collecting all of the parts of the craft that are scattered through the land, scoring enough points to prove your bravery and collecting enough gold and jewels to build up your wealth. She doesn't want much does she! Failure to complete all these tasks will result in the princess refusing to escape with you. The problem with all of this is that the items you need are hidden within very difficult sub-games, which are quite strange and very confusing. You will need to explore most of the game map to find these sub-games, but also avoid or fight the numerous hordes that attack you on your travels.

The graphics aren't too bad, but the game plays quite slowly and control is sluggish. There's plenty to do in this game but most will give up after a short time of playing as the game is way too difficult to enjoy. I tried to beat this game many times and now, finally, over twenty years later, we have the ending a lot of us thought we would never see...


There's 'yer man' with his purple balloon.


"Up, up and awaaaaaaaay"


You can JUST see the balloon in the bottom left of the screen.


...and now it's on the right side.


Our hero finally saves his 'beloved'.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played it and saved my progress. I gained a few parts of the craft, but couldn't get any further. I started poking about to change the craft piece that I held. I worked out the codes for each piece, poked them in and built the escape craft. I acquired enough score to prove my bravery, and collected a lot of gold and jewels to achieve the required wealth.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: When all the pieces are collected and assembled they form a balloon with a firebird logo on it. The prince then leaps in and takes off up the screen. You then see him fly across the map and head for the black castle that holds the princess. The next scene shows the princess run to the prince who has landed the balloon on the roof of the castle. They join hands and jump up and down in happiness. A final screen shows your score, details of the other items you collected and a percentage of the map you explored. A message at the bottom of the screen reads 'AND THEN THEY LIVED HAPPILY TOGETHER FOR 24 YEARS'.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: It took a while to beat this one, but I think the hard work paid off. It's a nice animated ending that wraps the game up neatly. It won't blow your mind, but it's good enough for this very difficult budget game.

  • Vinny: I am SO GLAD that Neil completed this game as I knew I would NEVER have been able to achieve it myself. It's an okay-ish ending and one that I expected to see.

  • Andy Vaisey: It looks and sounds pretty rubbish, but for an old game I'll make compromises. It's OK. Compromised enough?

  • Brendan Phoenix: Yeah, not too bad for an oldie and a cheapo title. Good to see this one completed - had a go myself and could not get anywhere, so big well done on completing it dude

FINAL SAY: Decent enough ending in my opinion. Better than most I've seen recently.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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