Galleon: Islands of Mystery Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
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  1. The equivalent of the summer's biggest Oscar-winning blockbuster, it's breathtaking, and destined to become an adventure classic. Totally unmissable.
  2. An exquisite experience from start to finish. Its huge set pieces, impressive vistas, and engaging mechanics are as strong as the sense of personality and creatorship behind them.
  3. A marvelous example of great graphics and sound bundled with a great storyline.
  4. In the grand scheme of all things gaming, Galleon is an important title that deserves playing by anyone interested in the art of game design.
  5. One of the most balanced, well thought out action/adventure titles out there. It's a bit of a shame that it took so long for this title to be completed as it would have had a much larger impact on the market a few years ago then it will now.
  6. 82
    Underneath the simplistic visuals is a well designed, exceptionally fun game to play. It's packed with eccentric personality quirks, a great assortment of spacial puzzles, and an interesting storyline that ties it all together.
  7. 82
    It's innovative in ways that "Tomb Raider" hasn't been for years. Moreover, it's just plain fun.
  8. The level design/layout is perhaps the real expertise of the Confounding Factor and the rewards picked up throughout, the way the puzzles were formulated, was sheer class. Just when you were about to give up, hey presto, you've found an object or power up. This we are sure is no coincidence!
  9. A game that could so easily have been one of the greats, with its sense of beauty, scale and innovation helping it stand out from the platforming crowd. Unfortunately, it is also let down by restrictive level design and some missions which waste the advancements made by Raman's control system, which result in many dull and monotonous moments.
  10. The best aspect, however, is the fighting, which is easy to learn and control and varies in style from martial arts to drunken brawling.
  11. There are some people who truly do love Galleon, but most of those have gone beyond the not that spectacular graphics and invested a few hours into it. The gameplay can at times be quite dynamic and enjoyable, but there are also times when it feels like a generic 3d platform game.
  12. It proved me wrong that games with bad graphics can't have great storylines. It proved me wrong when I thought the game would become among the typical 3rd person action games out there when it actually could have been among the elite ones if the graphics were done right.
  13. The linear nature of the title will hamper replayability. However, if you are able to overlook that, you may just find a nice little reminder about the style of gaming that lead to where we are now.
  14. The story is strong and keeps you interested all the way, the control system is hard to master but allows fluent exploration of the environments (which are huge).
  15. Play Magazine
    The enjoyment is in the details; it's just that here, the details rely on skilled understatement. [Oct 2004, p.77]

Awards & Rankings

#85 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Rick
    Feb 10, 2006
    Although this is a late post (2006) I have had the game for a couple of years. At the time easily one of the best played and highly Although this is a late post (2006) I have had the game for a couple of years. At the time easily one of the best played and highly recommended for anyones collection, for those willing to put the time into the control mastery. I gave it to a mate who was a mad Tomb Raider fan to play and he just couldnt get into the controls. This is as close to Tomb Raider that ive played on the Xbox and so I was pleading with him to give it a real go as after an hour or so the control feels natural and the game runs very smoothly but until then its a nightmare. Thats why when I read the above reviews I know they didn't put the time in, its that simple. It plays like Tomb Raider with area puzzles that require real thought (I know I need to bend this crank shaft but to do that I need to melt it, but to melt it, I need to get up to that fire room..but how do I get up there??) and increase with difficulty as the game goes. The puzzle/level design is awesome and spurs you onto the next puzzle, the next level with a rewarding storyline in tow. It was just a game I couldnt put down and thought of for weeks afterward. It was just so rewarding action wise, story wise, and brainwise. You enter a room and everything you need is there but you just havent managed to work out what to do so you run around trying this and that and still cant solve the puzzle. So you turn the game off and lie in bed thinking but what if...and boom you get a brainwave and jump up turn ya Xbox back on, fire up ya save game and retry a new approach and works, your back into the game moving onto the next area and before you know it...its 4am in the morning. Absolute gem, I have played all the top games and got through them and most havent been as satisfying or rewarding as this one left me. I have only made this post/comment for those people who do proper research on games not to listen to the above reviews as you would be missing out on an all-time classic. I have been an avid gamer for 20 odd years so I know my stuff. Hey I gave up on Ninja Gaiden thinking this is dogs crud impossible and Id wasted my coinage, but kept seeing rave reviews. I gave it a re-go 6 months later and was so glad I did. Galleon falls into that category. Give it a real will be glad you did. Full Review »
  2. AB
    Nov 8, 2004
    I can't believe I waited seven years for this awful nonsense.
  3. LukeB.
    Jul 4, 2004
    What can I say, ignore what people say when they say that its poor. This has to be officially, the most under-rated game of the year! It What can I say, ignore what people say when they say that its poor. This has to be officially, the most under-rated game of the year! It lived up to the hype, and has everything you could hope for; huge sprawling sublime islands to explore, great characters, excellent voice acting, fantastic gameplay, great combat, huge uber cool boss fights, action, romance and plenty of great puzzles. At the very least rent this game, just to see how much time and effort was put into this game. to think that this game was sooo nearly canned is hard to imagine. Its money well spent, buy it now, you wont regret it, once you realise that you have picked up on a little gem of a game that not many people will probably play because they have sorely, 'judged a book by its cover', until trying it first. Don't knock Galleon until you have tried it, by far the best action/adventure game of this year! Full Review »