The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993

The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993

by Jordan Mechner
The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993

The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993

by Jordan Mechner


    Qualifies for Free Shipping
    Check Availability at Nearby Stores

Related collections and offers


A deep dive into the origins of the epic, bestselling video game, in the creator’s own words.

Before Prince of Persia was a best-selling video game franchise and a Disney movie, it was an Apple II computer game created and programmed by one person: Jordan Mechner. Mechner’s candid and revealing journals from the time capture the journey from his parents’ basement to the forefront of the fast-growing 1980s video game industry—and the creative, technical, and personal struggles that brought the Prince into being and, ultimately, into the homes of millions of people worldwide.

Now, on the 30th anniversary of Prince of Persia’s release, Mechner looks back at the journals he kept from 1985 to 1993, offering new insights into the game that established him as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the industry. This beautifully illustrated and annotated collector’s edition includes:

  • 300 pages of Mechner’s original journals
  • Present-day margin notations by Mechner adding explanation, context, and affectionate cartoons of real-life characters
  • Archival visuals illustrating the stages of the game’s creation
  • Work-in-progress sketches, rotoscoped animation, screenshots, interface design, memos, and more
  • A full-color 32-page “Legacy” section in which Mechner and fans share Prince of Persia memories from the past 30 years, including the Ubisoft games and Disney movie
The Making of Prince of Persia is both a tribute to a timeless classic and an indelible look at the creative process that will resonate with retro-gaming fans, game developers, and writers, artists, and creators of all stripes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578627311
Publisher: Stripe Press
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 325,300
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jordan Mechner is a game designer, screenwriter, graphic novelist, and author. Widely considered a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the video game industry, he created Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time, and became the first game creator to adapt his own work into a feature film with Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He also created the games Karateka and The Last Express. His books include the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Templar (a New York Times bestseller); his 1980s game development journals, The Making of Karateka and The Making of Prince of Persia; and his recent sketchbook journal, Year 2 in France. He lives in France.

Table of Contents

About the Author

Part 1: Apple II
Do I Really Want to Make Another Game?
The Attic
The Crucible
Home Stretch
Reality Check
It Takes a Village
Ship It!

Part 2: From Flop to Megahit
An Uneasy Quiet
It’s Dying Out There
Clinging to Life
New York
Foreign Lands
Lost in Translation
Where in the World-yet
Night Train to Berlin
San Francisco

From the B&N Reads Blog

Customer Reviews