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Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. 70
    The controls are unbelievable -- they're more fiddly than an Irish wedding. Every button on the PS2 pad is used, and many actions (like firing a weapon) require multiple presses when one could've sufficed.
  2. Having some smarter AI and more purposeful stealth elements would have gone a long way.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    60
    One of this season's best rentals. It's a short, but fun, little game that captures the spirit of the anime series that it's based on.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    Stiff, robotic controls present the game's biggest hurdle. Most action sequences are a joke, as gun battles consist of standing while firing at a bad guy who is five feet away. [March 2004, p.119]
  5. 60
    Gamers who aren't familiar with the show won't find much to like here, but fans will appreciate the chance to control and interact with the characters they know and love.
  6. The stealth gameplay is repetitive and unoriginal, sucking all of the cheeky fun from the Japanese franchise. [Feb 2004, p.103]
  7. 80
    Despite these minor gripes about the camera and the game's A.I., Treasure of the Sorcerer King is a good gaming experience and an exhilarating encounter for any fan of Lupin the Third. [Mar 2004, p.64]
  8. There's really not very much to praise about Lupin the Third, due in no small part to some rather badly implemented enemy artificial intelligence, an equally unfortunate control scheme, and some generally lacking production values.
  9. 75
    Primitive and unpolished, but its relentless goofiness, perfect use of the license, and twists on the stealth-action genre make it worth playing anyway.
  10. More fun to watch than it is to play. If you love Lupin, rent it for the story sequences. You'll be amused by those. But the gameplay is a lot less amusing, so don't expect the world from this title. Don't expect much at all.
  11. With its comedic bent and offbeat gameplay, Lupin the 3rd is a blessed alternative to the current wave of "Splinter Cell" clones, and a game that stealth fans and Lupin geeks can dig on equally. [Feb 2004, p.88]
  12. 67
    If it weren't for the game mechanic issues and the incredibly short length (5-8 hours total), Lupin would be a solid game. But simplicity in a stealth game, coupled with some Forrest Gump AI, hits the game in the breadbox.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    A surprisingly rewarding and polished adaptation of the show. [Mar 2004, p.98]
  14. Play Magazine
    83
    The game contains bits of combat, Tomb Raider-ish puzzle solving, and environmental hazzards. [JPN Import; Mar 2003, p.63]
  15. PSM Magazine
    50
    The problem with Lupin is that the game is incredibly rudimentary: the control is slippery, the camera is frustrating and the AI leaves a great deal to be diesired. [Feb 2004, p.36]
  16. Sadly, the AI, combat, and graphics issues keep Lupin the Third: Treasure of the Sorcerer King from joining the classic ranks, but the main character's sense of humor and general style make the game worth a look.

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