Fun Fact: South Korean singer Kim Gwang-Jin wrote a song called The Magical Castle based on the storyline from Prince of Persia.
Prince of Persia was a platformer with a few twists. It included some puzzle-solving along with the usual run-and-jump navigation and combat. The player had as many lives as they needed, but only had one hour to beat the game or they lost. The time limit played right into the competitive nature of NES gaming. The animations in Prince of Persia were excellent, which also made the game appealing.