Apple Watch successfully runs classic 1989 Prince of Persia game

Released in 1989 for the Apple II, Prince of Persia was ported to JavaScript-based code, which just means the game will work on your Apple Watch. Despite lacking the web browser needed to play the 1989 version of Prince of Persia, one software developer has shown how the game is possible on the Apple Watch.

By accessing prince, Prince of Persia can be run from any web browser, and of course, it can also be executed on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. But the same steps aren’t possible on the Apple Watch, which lacks a web browser. So how did software developer Oliver Clements achieve this feat?

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Since watchOS supports rendering web content when opening links in iMessage, it’s still possible for the Apple Watch to browse web pages from the wrist. Oliver’s JavaScript port of Prince of Persia runs smoothly on any device with a web browser, and considering the Apple Watch isn’t an outdated piece of hardware, it can also run games designed for the Apple II.

But the tricky part is that because there are no physical buttons on the Apple Watch, the controls are a bit clunky and confusing at first. This converted JavaScript game runs at a resolution that nearly matches the Apple Watch’s, with a device resolution of 396 x 484 and a maximum game resolution of 280 x 192.

If you have an Apple Watch, you might at least want to see how it works if you’re on the bus home, or if you’re on a flight.

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