SDLPoP: an open-source port of Prince of Persia available as Snap

SDLPoP on Ubuntu

Video games have changed a lot. When you show a child today the games available in the different classic emulators, the first thing they do is laugh at how "crappy" it is, but the titles of the past were not always so "absurd." In fact, even today, decades later, they have their charm and there are many of us who use emulators like RetroArch, but sometimes you don't need to use an emulator. That is the case of SDLPoP.

SDLPoP stands for "Prince of Persia" linked to SDL. Is about an open source port of the famous game, practically a copy of the original game from 1989. That it is the same is good, of course, but it also means that it is just as exasperating for those of us who are used to more precise controls. For those who are not used to playing Prince of Persia, falling on the spikes or through any hole will be the order of the day.

SDLPoP, a 1989 Prince of Persia clone

The controls for playing SDLPoP on Linux are as follows:

  • Left: one touch turns (if we look to the right) to the left or runs if we keep it.
  • Right: one touch turns (if we look left) to the right or runs if we keep it.
  • Above: jump or climb up.
  • Down: crouches or descends.
  • Shift: collect things.
  • Shift + left or right: careful step.
  • Home or up + left: jump to the left.
  • RePag or up + right: I go right.

Other controls:

  • Esc: pause.
  • Virtual: shows the remaining time.
  • Ctrl-A: restart level.
  • Ctrl-G: save the game.
  • Ctrl-J: joystick mode.
  • Ctrl-K: keyboard mode.
  • Ctrl-R: back to the intro.
  • Ctrl-S: activate / deactivate sound.
  • Ctrl-V: Displays the version.
  • Ctrl-Q: exit game.
  • Ctrl-L: load the game (while in the intro).
  • Alt-Enter: full screen.
  • F6: quick save.
  • F9: fast charge.
  • Ctrl + Tab: start or stop recording.
  • Tab (on title screen): view your saved replays.

To install SDLPoP, we can search for it in the software center or type the following command:

sudo snap install sdlpop

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