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  • Summary: Indiana Jones as he travels to 1935 China to prevent a powerful artifact from falling into evil hands. Indy's latest globe-spanning adventure takes you from the jungles of Ceylon and underwater palaces in Istanbul, to the deadly streets of Hong Kong and beyond. Racing against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with mysterious, alluring partner Mei Ying, you'll leap, swim, climb and punch your way through exotic locales, fighting hand-to-hand combat from street brawls to martial arts battles. It will take more than just your trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?" [LucasArts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. The addition of action elements to this adventure game really help keep it moving and exciting.
  2. A fun and imaginative game that, while not particularly engrossing or challenging, will entertain and amuse quite well.
  3. A solid adventure title that features great graphics, nice atmosphere and excellent sound. However, poorly implemented controls and a tricky camera mar the gameplay.
  4. While Emperor's Tomb has a few control issues that will take some time to get used to, the game's fast pace definitely makes for an interesting adventure.
  5. 72
    My biggest gripes against the game are the tricky camera and the horrible and frequent swimming bits. The interface is also somewhat clunky interface but, outside of these three issues, I had a lot of fun.
  6. Though it's no classic tale, Emperor's Tomb has both actioning and adventuring in spades, whisking you off on a gorgeous cross-continental tour of exotic locales. [June 2003, p.68]
  7. Instant deaths, glitchy combat, uninspiring boss encounters and twitchy controls conspire to make this a below-par experience. If it wasn't for the occasional flashes of imagination and the familiarity and richness conveyed through the license then The Emperor's Tomb would be utterly forgettable. [May 2003, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. S.D.
    Jul 7, 2008
    If you could save the game any time, i think the game would be to easy. I love the game... Have played it 3-4 times.
  2. JeanB.
    May 20, 2003
    Very good.
  3. TRider
    Jun 21, 2003
    Again, I would say Awesome! I agree that the no mid point saving is a hassel, but overall it's pretty cool.
  4. SteveT.
    Apr 14, 2003
    Hmm! jump, swing, swim, fall, die a lot. This game has a lot of old school arcade gameplay that is just downright annoying at times. The game has no mid save points and many levels are down to trial & error and lots of annoying restarting. However some levels are are really good and indy's brawling is simply amazing, but i'll take the infernal machine anyday. Expand
  5. TGW
    Dec 5, 2003
    A very fun game (the fist fights kick much booty) but the lack of mid level saving drag it down.
  6. TGW
    Dec 5, 2003
    A very fun game (the fist fights kick much booty) but the lack of mid level saving drag it down.
  7. C.M.
    May 25, 2003
    I would have given it a 10! But there is no way to save the game. You must play through a whole level (sometimes very frustrating fights) and if you die you must start from the start of each level. This is the one complain everyone has! Maybe Lucas can issue some patch. Expand

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