Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner has written on his blog that his father found the original Apple 2 source code for Prince of Persia during a spot of spring cleaning. Best dad ever? I think so!
My dad called from New York to tell me he was doing some spring cleaning and had shipped me a carton of old games and other stuff of mine he’d found in the back of a closet,” Mechner wrote. “The carton arrived yesterday. My jaw dropped when I saw what was inside.”
He continues, “No, I don’t mean the stacks of Spanish Drosoft versions of POP and Karateka (though those are cool too, especially if you have an Amstrad computer with a cassette player). I mean those three little plastic 3.5″ disk boxes nestled among them… which appear to contain the ORIGINAL APPLE II SOURCE CODE OF PRINCE OF PERSIA that I’ve been searching for, off and on, for the past ten years, pestering everyone from Doug Carlston to Danny Gorlin and everyone who ever worked at Broderbund, and finally gave up hope of ever finding.”
“I KNEW it wasn’t like me to throw stuff out!” he said.
Fans will be pleased to also hear Mechner finish by saying, “I will now begin working with a digital-archeology-minded friend to attempt to figure out how to transfer 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks onto a MacBook Air and into some kind of 21st-century-readable format”
The original Prince of Persia was an Apple 2 title release way back in 1989 which has seen multiple ports over multiple consoles.