29. Fighting Your Doppelganger In Prince Of Persia
As the Prince battles his way to the palace tower to rescue the Sultan’s daughter from the clutches of the evil Jaffar, an unexpected foe emerges.
After the Prince jumps through a magic mirror, his soul manifests into a doppelganger that mimics his every movement. He runs off at first, but later on, you are forced to fight it one on one.
Because it copies your every move, trying to hit it with your sword as futile as it simply lashes back at you. The solution is to play the pacifist, sheath your sword and simply walk away. It’s absolute puzzle genius at its finest.
Why it’s great
Because it’s incredibly smart game design. Many gamers simply couldn’t get their head around how to defeat the Prince’s soul first time around. Where most games at the time would have you fight enemies, the notion of doing the complete opposite was almost alien.
But after dwelling on it for a while, you would likely figure it out and walk forward, reuniting the Prince with his soul and clearing the way forward.
It’s the kind of puzzle design that is in tune with the likes of Portal or Braid; the kind of games that can see you standing still, string at a puzzle for a good few minutes until the solution finally clicks.
But when it does click, you feel great about yourself. Prince of Persia is known for being a tough, devious platform puzzler, but the doppelganger fight is a real marvel in design to this day.