Jordan Mechner's Blog announces
the discovery of the long-lost source code for the original Prince of Persia
, saying: "I will now begin working with a digital-archeology-minded friend to attempt to figure out how to transfer 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks onto a MacBook Air and into some kind of 21st-century-readable format." The story of how the source was discovered is pretty funny:
My Dad (yep, the same guy who composed the music for the original Karateka and Prince of Persia) called from New York to tell me he was doing some spring cleaning and had shipped me a carton of old games and other stuff of mine heíd found in the back of a closet.
The carton arrived yesterday. My jaw dropped when I saw what was inside.
No, I donít mean the stacks of Spanish Drosoft versions of POP and Karateka (though those are cool too, especially if you have an Amstrad computer with a cassette player). I mean those three little plastic 3.5″ disk boxes nestled among themÖ which appear to contain the ORIGINAL APPLE II SOURCE CODE OF PRINCE OF PERSIA that Iíve been searching for, off and on, for the past ten years, pestering everyone from Doug Carlston to Danny Gorlin and everyone who ever worked at Broderbund, and finally gave up hope of ever finding.
I KNEW it wasnít like me to throw stuff out!