Back in 1989, Jordan Mechner, a Yale University graduate and video game designer, developed his first title for Brøderbund. The title might not mean much to younger Apple fans, but for the older Apple demographic it’ll bring back fond memories. The game was “Prince of Persia”, and until now, it was thought the source code for this historic game had been lost forever.
According to Mechner’s blog post, his father was spring cleaning and found a box of odds and ends that he sent to his son. Mechner was shocked to discover the original 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks containing the Prince of Persia source code in that box. With the help of digital archivist Jason Scott, Mechner was able to retrieve the code and view it on his Macbook. He has now shared it on Github for the world to see.
“Prince” became an instant hit on the Apple II back in 1989, and versions of the game were ported to almost every video game and home computer platform. A version of the game is available in the App Store for the iPad and iPhone.