Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The game looks gorgeous, tells an engaging story, has fantastic voiceovers and will have you in stitches at some of its many outrageously funny moments.
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine is a reminder that while games come in many forms nowadays, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a classic adventure.
  3. Himalaya Studios honed their skills with their popular remakes of "King's Quest" I and II. With Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine they show that they also have what it takes to create a successful original work.
  4. If you like to solve interactive puzzles and can appreciate depth over flashy cosmetics, then you will get a lot out of this game. It's an adventure ... with a more human character than .... well, Lara Croft. Al is just ... Al. Balding, nerdy and all.
  5. A charming old school comic adventure that's definitely worth a play through if you can get past the graphic weaknesses and the main character's voice.
  6. If the whole game were as good as the last part, it might have matched the games that inspired it, but instead Al Emmo is just a decent game for fans nostalgic for old-style adventures.
  7. PC Zone UK
    63
    Best advice is to pretend Al Emmo is a lot gem from the '80s that you've just discovered. It'll feel far more precious that way. [May 2007, p.75]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    I think the reviewers are being unfair on this game. It does not feel like a full commercial adventure game published in 2006. It's price,I think the reviewers are being unfair on this game. It does not feel like a full commercial adventure game published in 2006. It's price, and its production, indicate that it is closer to a casual adventure game. On that scale it is a very good game. it will keep you interested for much longer than most casual games as it is constantly challenging in original and interesting ways. Many times I was stuck for a while and when I found the solution I felt pleased with myself, rather than annoyed with the game for presenting such an illogical problem (let's face it adventure games are somewhat prone to that). Maybe I have an odd sense of humour but when someone tells me an adventure game has great humour I usually find it makes me want to laugh about as much as watching clowns throw custard pies at each other and fall over their shoe laces i.e. not at all. Yet this game with its anti-hero loser is genuinely funny, often in unexpected and creative ways. Finally, if you like ragtime, the music is the best ragtime I have ever heard. If anyone knows where I can find the score please let me know. Full Review »
  2. AndrewM
    Jul 2, 2008
    9
    Brilliant adventure game. A lot of fun, great characters, very well written & scripted (with many a dig at contemporary culture) and, contraryBrilliant adventure game. A lot of fun, great characters, very well written & scripted (with many a dig at contemporary culture) and, contrary to the host of "if-it-don't-look-like-real-life-then-it-just-ain't-good-enough" comments, it has a gorgeous look; beautifully painted graphics (yes, done the old way) wash over every scene. The voice acting too is great - compared to many modern games, these voices actually "fit" and were very well acted. (Ok, the main character's vocal was a bit annoying...but in time it did seem to suit him). All in all, if you love adventure games this is one to check out...it will certainly give you a nice, satisfied "full" feeling by journey's end. And if any game can do that, it's done its job! Enjoy. Full Review »
  3. JaredH.
    Aug 20, 2007
    4
    If the saying "you are what you play" is true, I'm embarrassed to say I played this. The character was so hard to relate to, his voice If the saying "you are what you play" is true, I'm embarrassed to say I played this. The character was so hard to relate to, his voice so grating on the nerve, it would be more satisfying to see him fail his goals then accomplish them Graphically, the game was colorful, but seemed novice and out of date. The story had it's moments--though it only picks up steam in the last chapter, but the humor definitely missed it's mark; and unfortunately, the game attempts to be humorous at every click of the mouse. Voice acting went from horrific (such as the main character & narrator), to well done. Ultimately, if your idea of fun is playing a naive and clueless, 30-something year old attempt to get a wife in a western setting, maybe this game will apeal to you. And if you don't mind squeeky and over-the-top voices, as well as sometimes-tasteless sexual jokes, you might even find the game enjoyable Full Review »