What to play: ‘Prince of Persia’ and a remastered ‘Last of Us Part II’ tops the list

What to play: ‘Prince of Persia’ and a remastered ‘Last of Us Part II’ tops the list

I had a disaster that every liquid-cooled PC owner has. My gaming rig sprung a leak. I was eating breakfast and something smelled a bit off. I went to my PC and saw that a softline tube had slipped off the chrome fitting and water had leaked over my graphics card and motherboard.

All I thought was, “Well, I now have the complete custom-loop experience.” I took a deep breath, shut everything off, and started disassembling and drying everything. I’m waiting to see what I’ll need to replace, but in the meantime, I’ve been checking out what Mac gaming has to offer.

Of course, there are plenty of other games to check out this week. Here are some of the better ones.

“Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown” With the latest entry to the long-running series, Ubisoft Montpellier crafts a hypnotic Metroidvania adventure. The adventure has combat reminiscent of a “Devil May Cry” while offering an array of powers that fit well into the beautifully crafted world and its obstacles.

It’s a game brimming with challenge, and for players who have the patience and determination, it’s a rewarding experience.

Play Time: The game is about 25 hours or so. It’s a game that can comfortably finished over two weekends.

“The Last of Us Part II: Remastered” — It’s strange that Sony released a remastered version of this masterpiece. The title is only three years old, but this version specifically takes advantage of the PlayStation 5’s horsepower and the developers added several extras.

All of this makes it worthwhile for players who have yet to experience it. With a new a roguelike No Return mode that will test players combat skills, lost levels to test out and director commentary about its creation, it’s worth diving into again for “The Last of Us” superfans.

Play time: If you’re playing the campaign for the first time, it’s a little over 36 hours or so. The extras pad that time out. This won’t be a game you can finish over a weekend but you can do it over two weeks or so.

“Slay the Spire” Although this deck-building rogulike was released in 2019, it has made its way to Apple Arcade. The game is dangerously addictive as players choose one of four characters (three are avaiable after a few tries) and try to conquer all the chapters in the tower.

That’s easier said than done because it takes a lot of skill and a little bit of luck to build the right deck and establish the right strategies to climb each floor and defeat the bosses.

Play time: This is a game that you can jump in and out of. Because it’s on iOS devices, it’s easy to pick up and play. You don’t have to complete your run in one sitting, but be warned, “Slay the Spire” has a way of sucking you in.

“Japanese Rural Life Adventure”If you’re looking for a cozy game, look no further than this Apple Arcade game built for iOS devices. Players take on the role of a fresh resident to a town in the Japanese countryside. Players have to fix up an old house, work the land and rebuild the small town.

It’s reminiscent of “Stardew Valley” but the beauty of this game is the Japanese setting and the fact that it’s built from the ground up for iOS devices. The game works wonderfully with a touchscreen interface.

Play time: This is another game that you can play for a while but don’t expect to finish it over the weekend. Just when players feel as though they’ve accomplished all there is to do, they find more tasks to work on.