Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 60
    This game isn't a bad little adventure if you're an avid watcher of the Cartoon Network series, or if you just want to hack and slash some futuristic evil; but just be prepared to fight with the controls, and don't expect the most intense action, either.
  2. While the game’s graphics manage to capture the look and visual style of the show, the stiff controls, redundant action, and frustratingly lousy collision detection ultimately sour the experience. Simply put, Samurai Jack is just no fun.
  3. Overall, the controls respond well and the actions are done very well.
  4. While I have to quibble about the juming controls being clunky; the action is well-paced, the graphics match the cartoon in lively colors and interesting layout, the story is respectable, and the sound is a nice touch. [Feb 2003, p.110]
  5. 77
    The action is solid for the most part and the RPG elements add some depth. It's got its problems, but it's still a world ahead of most games based on a lucrative license.
  6. 30
    Samurai Jack is neck-and-neck with "E.T." for the Atari 2600. [Apr 2003, p.61]
  7. The problem: Samurai Jack moves much too slowly and his vertical leap makes the real life Michael Jordan at age 40 look like Tobey Maguire's computer-enhanced Spider-Man in downtown New York.
  8. A cartoon as cool and stylized as Samurai Jack deserves a game to match, and Virtucraft Studios deliver. [May 2003, p.63]
  9. Jumping across wide gaps can be difficult because of the angular shapes of the game's platforms. [Feb 2003, p.158]
  10. The animation is truly a sight to behold. Jack almost moves as he would in the cartoon. Even the sword slashes move like they do sometimes on the shows.
  11. "It wants to be Castlevania." The double-jump, the wall-jump, double-click dash, the save-monoliths, they’re all here.
  12. The main problem with this game, though, is that the developers don't know Jack. [Summer 2003, p.46]
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  1. PiqerChew
    Apr 12, 2003
    Great cartoon! Great game! Hours of fun and brilliant graphics.