Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. While it lacks 3-D graphics and an impressive use of lighting and shadows found in its predecessors, the stealthy action game still captures the thrill of modern espionage.
  2. While it’s impossible to display all of the innovative features of the console version, Splinter Cell for the GBA is still able to capture all the intensity and thrilling action.
  3. A good one all around, getting as much gameplay in to the tiny little cartridge as it can. I even find it got the difficulty about right--not too had, not too easy.
  4. Game Informer
    The levels aren't overly complex and are definitely linear. However, stealth has never been done so well on a handheld (including GBC's "Metal Gear"). [June 2003, p.120]
  5. While it may not be as complex as the GameCube version, it certainly does what it intends to do well.
  6. 85
    A successful translation from 3D action with great GameCube interactivity.
  7. Agent Sam Fisher's adventures on the GBA aren't as engrossing as they are on console versions of the game, but you still get some fun stealth-based gameplay on the go.
  8. 80
    Even with the limited stealth portions of the game, Splinter Cell is a great and challenging action game with a good amount of extras if you're into that whole Connecting to the Cube thing.
  9. We’re amazed that Splinter Cell is as good as it is on the GBA. It’s almost as if Ubi Soft took the original Xbox game and siphoned away all the superfluous elements (such as the oh-so-pretty lighting effects, shadow-casting and highly-detailed graphics) until all that was left was the GBA version.
  10. 80
    A platformer with more than just jumping and crawling around, though it can get tiring for those looking for a more fast-paced adventure.
  11. 80
    A solid, good-looking, and fairly robust little stealth action game that sticks to the mission plan of its bigger console co-operative.
  12. The sad fact is if you already played the main story of Splinter Cell, it'll only give you cause to lament on what this game could have been.
  13. Nintendo Power
    The game has great graphics with terrific effects and smooth animation. [June 2003, p.140]
  14. Pocket Games
    This is a 2-D tactical espionage at its finest, in a package that fully exploits the GBA's capabilities. [Fall 2003, p.53]
  15. GameNow
    The gameplay is really solid. It just doesn't feel like Splinter Cell, so calling it that seems a little misleading. [June 2003, p.42]
  16. This game suffers from the fact that its console counterpart is so amazing and that it seems to distance itself from that greatness.
  17. It's never as tense as its console sibling, and it suffers from a few frustrating flaws, but the core sneak 'em up gameplay - evading enemies and cameras, silencing alarms, collecting data and using your spy tools - is well represented.
  18. This version of Splinter Cell is a good enough game on its own merits to tide over Splinter Cell fans looking for a portable version or GBA owners looking for a briskly paced game to have on the go.
  19. Cheat Code Central
    A good enough game in its own right although it's a poor substitute for the real experience.
  20. GMR Magazine
    It's a good game, but it lacks the qualities that make the greats - the Marios, Castlevanias, and Metroids - absolute must-haves. [June 2003, p.79]
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    All the pipe crawling and shadow sneaking give SC diversity other GBA adventures lack. [June 2003, p.127]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. TheodoreD.
    Oct 16, 2004
    This game has great graphics, sound, Levels,and so on.
  2. J.Valdez
    Jun 20, 2003
    This game is fun for all the sneaking around but it is also a very short game! I beat this game within 2 short days of playing it. Not Enough This game is fun for all the sneaking around but it is also a very short game! I beat this game within 2 short days of playing it. Not Enough shooting. Lost of sneaking around. I sold Splinter Cell and bought Zelda:link to the past for GBA "a awsome game" 10 Full Review »
  3. SamFisher
    May 8, 2003
    Best GBA Game Ever!!