Prisoner of War - PC

Also known as: P.O.W.', 'POW

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Prisoner of War (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Codemasters Soft. Co.: Codemasters
Publishers: Codemasters (GB)
Released: 27 Sept 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Mouse, Keyboard


This genre-defining (perhaps even more so than Metal Gear Solid 2) stealth adventure captures the intrigue, danger and heroism of an Allied escape attempt from a POW camp during World War II. With more than a passing resemblance to the 8-bit classic The Great Escape, Prisoner of War takes the concept of surviving in and escaping the camp, and rewrites it for PC in the form of a 3D, third person stealth-adventure.

The adventure begins when protagonist Captain Lewis Stone is imprisoned in a German POW camp, after his surveillance craft is shot down over enemy territory. Stone soon discovers that the camp is the base for the development of a mysterious new weapon, to be used in the fight against the allies.

Taking control of the Captain, players must use quick wits and stealth, whilst uncovering relevant information regarding the weapon's development, in their quest to save the allies and, ultimately, escape from the POW camp. Tasks to undertake include using disguises, sabotaging equipment, escaping Stalag Luft and calling in allied air strikes. There’s a lot to do! Fellow prisoners can be of help - although not always for free - as players work against the fearsome array of German guards, lieutenants, kommandants and the evil General Stahl.