According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

Parents will take no offense to the game, since the fantasy violence is mild and infrequent, and the suggestive themes of the console version have been all but discarded from this release.

Fans of the original Prince of Persia will be quick to dismiss the seemingly dumbed-down, fast-paced action on offer here, but in truth the essence of the gameplay remains the same: a mixture of acrobatic platform jumping, relatively sparse enemy encounters, and switch-based puzzle solving. Stylistically, however, The Sands of Time is far more in tune with the series' recent 3D incarnation of the same name, and fans of that title can be sure that the core gameplay has made a reasonable, if somewhat pointless, translation to the handheld format.

Those looking for an entertaining platform game will find a number of superior titles on the Game Boy Advance, and so The Sands of Time only comes recommended to handheld gamers as an above average time-passer.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers ought to be aware that some puzzles involve sound recognition, although they can be solved by a brief spell of trial and error.

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