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There are several early screenshots in one Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu 08/05/1992 (Japanese game release 03.07.1992). The traps were initially very brutal, but over time they were replaced due to censorship.
Interesting, Is it possible to return these traps?

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Adolf wrote: October 15th, 2021, 1:59 pm There are several early screenshots in one Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu 08/05/1992 (Japanese game release 03.07.1992). The traps were initially very brutal, but over time they were replaced due to censorship.
Interesting, Is it possible to return these traps?
Thank you for the scans!

The prince's sprites for dying in these traps have been left in the final game, but I don't know if the code required for them is still there.
It's probably not.
(sprites here, discussion about the sprites here)
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David wrote: October 16th, 2021, 5:50 pm Thank you for the scans!
Found on archive.org

Weekly Famitsu 10/01/1992

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David wrote: October 16th, 2021, 5:50 pm
Thank you for the scans!

The prince's sprites for dying in these traps have been left in the final game, but I don't know if the code required for them is still there.
It's probably not.
(sprites here, discussion about the sprites here)
And at least one of the spear frames was left as well in the final game. It seems that the log trap originally beheaded you, but most likely it was originally a sword (much like the similar PoP2's trap).
I'll say they could be restored in some sort of way.
The log could be coded to kill you instead of damaging and pushing you back, plus display these Prince graphics.
As for restoring the spear, it would probably have coding similar to the guillotine trap and display the other Prince graphics. But the spear's existing frame is just the spearhead and just a tiny bit of the shaft so it would need to be redrawn/add more frames.
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Adolf wrote: October 16th, 2021, 10:06 pm Found on archive.org
Here are the sources of the scans:
Weekly Famitsu 08/05/1992: https://archive.org/details/weekly-fami ... 8/mode/1up
Weekly Famitsu 10/01/1992: https://archive.org/details/weekly-fami ... 2/mode/1up
Adolf wrote: October 16th, 2021, 10:06 pm Weekly Famitsu 10/01/1992
The screenshots on the latter scan show rooms which are not in the final game, but are similar to DOS rooms.
The upper room looks like a room from DOS level 1, but without the gate, the buttons, and the potion.
The lower room looks like a room from DOS level 5, but with the arches replaced with tall columns.

The wall pattern on the grey level is also different from the final game, but it's like the wall pattern on this cover: https://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/pri ... Id,316490/
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David wrote: October 17th, 2021, 1:03 pm Here are the sources of the scans:
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Weekly Famitsu 10/01/1992: https://archive.org/details/weekly-fami ... 2/mode/1up
The screenshots on the latter scan show rooms which are not in the final game, but are similar to DOS rooms.
The upper room looks like a room from DOS level 1, but without the gate, the buttons, and the potion.
The lower room looks like a room from DOS level 5, but with the arches replaced with tall columns.
Yeah, it seems those were the original DOS rooms before they were redone to (what I suspect) these rooms:
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The second in particular is pretty much a match except for the walls and small columns/tiles that lead you up instead of left. Another change is that the windows background graphic are (semi)open in the earlier screenshot, but closed on the final game (with a different pattern of xxx instead of |||).
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Found another find. On the Japanese box of the game, for some reason, they used a pre-release image.

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David wrote: October 17th, 2021, 1:03 pm Here are the sources of the scans:
Weekly Famitsu 08/05/1992: https://archive.org/details/weekly-fami ... 8/mode/1up
Weekly Famitsu 10/01/1992: https://archive.org/details/weekly-fami ... 2/mode/1up
Both of these have disappeared.

The archive still has some 1992 issues, but not these two.
https://archive.org/details/videogamema ... mitsu+1992
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David wrote: April 9th, 2023, 4:39 pm
Both of these have disappeared.

The archive still has some 1992 issues, but not these two.
https://archive.org/details/videogamema ... mitsu+1992
Oh wow, that's odd. I think I did save those two to my old laptop, but I need to retrieve them from there to keep them safe.
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David wrote: April 9th, 2023, 4:39 pm Both of these have disappeared.
Removed by the copyright holders, they suddenly became preoccupied with old thirty-year-old magazines, shame.

Try a torrent, I don't know if there will be seeders.
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Japanese advertising

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Found a higher resolution

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Electronic Gaming Monthly 06.1992, the main screen seemed to be different

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Adolf wrote: November 6th, 2023, 10:45 am Electronic Gaming Monthly 06.1992, the main screen seemed to be different
Nice find, thank you!

The background seems to be exp0/81.bmp from snes_graphics.zip.

The main menu is different as well.
It didn't have TRAINING, instead it had STEREO.

I wonder why does the bottom left say you just escaped from a trap.
That picture shows the first room of the first level!
SNES PoP is on this page: https://archive.org/details/ElectronicG ... 8/mode/1up

And by the way, there is an ad(?) for NES PoP on this page: https://archive.org/details/ElectronicG ... 1/mode/1up
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On the site https://www.retromags.com/files/file/27 ... june-1992/ the magazine has been reloaded with higher quality and a size of almost 300mb.

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I downloaded those two issues of Famitsu and these are the pages.

Famitsu 10/01/1992
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Famitsu 08/05/1992
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