Before the iPhone, iPad, and App Store came along, Apple’s devices were generally not considered to be gaming machines, although there were some notable exceptions that—at least initially—were Apple exclusives. (Most forget that at one time Halo was actually destined to be an Apple exclusive until Microsoft bought Bungie and made the game synonymous with the Xbox.)
If you had an Apple computer in the late ‘80s, it’s all but guaranteed you were obsessed with a game called Prince of Persia designed and written by Jordan Mechner. It was not only a groundbreaking platformer for a desktop computer at a time when home consoles dominated the format, the game also featured incredibly lifelike character animations that Mechner created by videotaping his brother running and jumping in a parking lot across from their high school, and then painstakingly hand-digitizing the results to create fluid in-game movements. The complete story behind the game’s development is available in a book of journal entries Mechner recently published, but Prince of Persia left a lasting imprint on the game industry, and while it spawned countless sequels, the original remains a fun and challenging throwback to this day, and one you can now enjoy again on your wrist.