[top]Overview

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Players: 1
Online Trophies: None
Cheat Codes Affect Trophies: No
Estimated Time to Platinum: 10 hours
Minimum Playthroughs: 1 1/4
Collectible Trophies: Yes
Missable Trophies: Secret of Argabah, Master of Time, Game Master, Sand Collector
Glitches Trophies: None



[top]Tips & Strategies

The platinum trophy for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is fairly easy to obtain. The only trophy that can be annoying is Game Master (Complete the game rewinding the time less than 20 times). To avoid having to rewind time you "simply" have to avoid dying. There are basically two ways of losing your life in this game:

1.: You could get killed in a fight. This shouldn't happen too often once you've mastered the game's combat system. Most enemies can be overcome quickly by jumping over them with and then attacking them with . This will bring them down and you can take their sand with . There are some enemies which can't be jumped over though. It's a good idea to stun those with and then attack them with a combo, which will slice them in midair. Just take care not to get hit by another enemy while performing this combo. Alternatively try to get near a wall, jump at it with and press at the right moment to start a powerful wall attack. Watch out for the big sword bearers; they charge with a sweeping attack which can't be blocked. Jump over it to avoid it.
Those are only some basic combos, but they can get you through the game. There are many other ways to defeat your enemies. Just experiment with different combinations.

2.: You could fall. This is going to happen pretty often. Sometimes it's not easy to figure out the right way and you'll end up jumping directly into nirvana. Try to find out where you are supposed to go before you hit the road. Make use of the first person camera () and of the landscape camera () to find your way.
Once you've activated castle's defences (see Full Circle for details) you'll also be facing various traps. Timing is key here. Take your time to study the rhythm of the traps. There will always be a checkpoint before a passage of traps, so don't be too frustrated if you shouldn't make it at the first attempt.
If you get stuck there is an excellent video walkthrough by dks71 that will help you. (Note: It does NOT include all the Sand Clouds)


[top]Cheats, Glitches, & Exploits

Quote Originally Posted by MannyCalavera
While in game, hold , then press , , , , , , , . This will restore your sand meter.


[top]Roadmap

Here is the fastest way to Prince of Persia: Go for Secret of Argabah, Game Master and Sand Collector in your first playthrough. You are in no hurry, as you need to play the game for 10 hours for Master of Time anyway. Just make sure you don't miss any of the collectables and don't rewind more than 19 times. See the relevant trophy descriptions below.

After you are through, load the save file you created after you obtained the Dagger of Time. Start rewinding time and you should get Master of Time about 1/4 or 1/3 way through. (You can also use the sand refill cheat to get this trophy.) If you haven't gotten Sands of Time by now, simply wait for it to pop. You may just leave the prince standing around while you walk the dog, are having a shower or while you buy a bouquet of flowers for a loved one. It shouldn't take long until it pops from this point on.


[top]Trophies

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Prince of Persia
Obtain all other trophies

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Sand Bearer
Obtain the Dagger of Time

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
Keep the save file you've created directly after you obtained the dagger! You can reload and go for Master of Time from here.

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Secret of Argabah
Find and drink from all hidden fountains

This trophy is missable!
There are ten hidden fountains in the game which will permanently increase your health.

There is a very helpful video by rayserx98 hidden in the spoiler box below:

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Using the PS3 browser? Click here for the video.

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Full Circle
Activate castle's defenses

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
Puzzles are an integral part of the Prince of Persia Trilogy. This one is pretty straighforward. However, if it's falling on your nerves, just follow this step-by-step solution:
  • 01: Step on the button to get the First Axel.
  • 02: Turn the platform clockwise once.
  • 03: Move the platform up once.
  • 04: Turn the platform counterclockwise three times.
  • 05: Move the platform down once.
  • 06: Step on the button to get the Second Axel
  • 07: Move the platform up once.
  • 08: Turn the platform clockwise twice.
  • 09: Move the platform up twice.
  • 10: Step on the button to get the Third Axel.
  • 11: Turn the platform clockwise once.
  • 12: Move the platform down once.
  • 13: Step on the button for the Final Axel.
  • 14: Move the platform up once.
  • 15: Turn counterclockwise once.
  • 16: Move the platform up once.


or refer to the video by FourSwordsLord:

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One Hard Decision
Defeat your father

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
Decision? You don't really have a choice here; you have to kill him to advance in the story. If you are having difficulties with daddy-o just read on, here is how to tackle him:
Your father will remain invincible until all the other soldiers are history. Try to keep away from him and take care of the soldiers until they are all gone. Alone the former emperor is nothing more than a lame duck. Just jump over him with , attack him with , jump over him with , attack him with ... Repeat until he falls, then get his sand with .

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Sands of Time
Play the game for over 10 hours

Note: You don't have to do this in one playthrough! If you are playing at a normal speed and if you are trying to solve all the puzzles without the help of a guide, it should take you about 7 to 8 hours to beat the game. After that, start a new game for Master of Time. This will take another 1 to 2 hours. If you shouldn't have gotten the trophy by then, just keep standing around until it pops.

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Sword of Strength
Obtain the first sword

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
Just pick up the first sword and you'll hear that satisfying sound most of us are addicted to.

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The Elevator
Survive the elevator fight

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
This is one of the most challenging fights in the game and a lot of people are having difficulties with it. Not only will you have to fight about 40 sand creatures during this fight (about six at a time), but you also have to protect Farah. The creatures love to molest her, and if she dies your game is over.

See the Tips & Strategies section of this guides for some basic combat tactics. Kill the first 15-20 enemies and fill up all your sand tanks while you are slaughtering them (not only the yellow circles but also the white crescents next to them). Now you can use your Mega-Freeze power for the remaining enemies. Hold down and tap to release it, then quickly move from enemy to enemy and try to kill them all before the power runs out. If you used the Mega-Freeze power 'late enough' in the battle, you might actually be able to finish the fight right now, otherwise you will have two or three sand creatures left. After you have killed every single sand creature the trophy will pop.

If you want to see how it's done have a look at the video by ertxz18 in the spoiler box below:

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Ultimate Sword
Obtain the third sword

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
There is a puzzle which has to be solved in order to obtain the third sword. If it's giving you a headache, have a look at the video by dks71 to see how it's done:

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The Big Fight
Kill the vizier

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
This fight isn't really that hard. However, if the old man should give you a hard time the following strategy will help you:

In the first part of the fight you have to go for the lookalikes the vizier summons. The real vizier is invincible at the moment, so don't waste your time on him. Use wall attacks, as his creatures will deflect almost every other attack. If your wall attack hits, keep hitting him with and you'll most likely get a little combo. As soon as he blocks you again, head straight to the wall and repeat.

The vizier will then summon a second and a third lookalike. Repeat above steps.

After the third lookalike the "forcefield" protecting the vizier will collapse. Go and hit him right through the door. After a brief cut scene just stab the guy and enjoy the ending of this beautiful piece of storytelling.

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Prince of Sand
Finish the Game

This trophy is story related and can't be missed.
Self-explanatory.

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Sand Apprentice
Kill 150 enemies

Just kill every enemy you encounter and 150 will come in no time.

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Master of Time
Rewind time 200 times

This trophy is missable!
- at least technically, because it has to be achieved in one playthrough. If you've played that game before or if you just don't tend to screw up too often you'll most likely beat the game without receiving this trophy. But, as pointed out in the roadmap, the best strategy is the following:

Go for Game Master in your first playthrough. When you are through, reload the save file you've created after you obtained the dagger. Start rewinding. It's sensible to keep one sand tank at all times in case of an emergency. Whenever you come across a sand cloud, use your last sand tank and then collect the cloud as this will completely fill all your sand tanks again. In fights, make sure that you knock the enemies to the ground and kill them by taking their sand with . You can get more than 15 rewinds out of a single battle this way.

MannyCalavera found a much easier way to obtain this trophy:

Quote Originally Posted by MannyCalavera
While in game, hold , then press , , , , , , , . This will restore your sand meter, allowing you to quickly get the 200X Rewind without having to progress through the game.

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Sand Warrior
Kill 300 enemies

If you kill every enemy you encounter (including all the beetles, bats and birds) you should get this approximately in the chapter "I'll Meet you at the Baths", which is the middle of the game. If you spare the vermin you'll get it a little later.

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Game Master
Complete the game rewinding the time less than 20 times

You are allowed to rewind the time 19 times. This isn't half as hard as it sounds. It's possible to beat the game without rewinding at all. If you fall or die in battle, simply keep lying in the dirt until the time is up. It is not necessary to load the last save game, you'll respawn at the last checkpoint. The checkpoints in SoT are quite numerous and usually it doesn't take long to get back to the point where your luck has left you.
However, some passages can be a bit annoying. If you've just died the fourth time at the end of a long and complicated acrobatic feat, you may be tempted to rewind. If you do so, just be sure to keep you tally sheet up to date.

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Sand Collector
Collect all 48 Sand Clouds

This trophy is missable!
Sand Clouds are glowing heaps of sand which can be collected by pressing when standing near them. You'll get a new sand tank for every 8 sand clouds you collect. You'll have a total of ten sand tanks when you've collected the last sand could. The trophy will then pop.

Most sand clouds are not particularly well hidden or even not hidden at all, but some of them can be easily missed. You may want to refer to the helpful videos by rayserx98 below:

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Using the PS3 browser? Here are the links to video 1 and video 2.

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