On the subject of defying death, for good or for bad, Sands of Time has a most unique gameplay mechanic.
It raises goose pimples in places where the sands of time have long run out.
Add brown sugar to the cake to represent the sands of time.
This turns out to be a big mistake, as the Prince inadvertently unleashes the Sands of Time on the palace.
Once the Sands of Time are unleashed, all humans except the Prince, the girl and the villain are transformed into sand creatures.