Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Xbox

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
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  1. You’ll be looking for opportunities to heave enemies off catwalks or crack them against a wall so Indy can smack them silly.
  2. Xbox Nation Magazine
    70
    Sadly, however, not even the best Indy console game necessarily makes for a great Xbox title. [Apr 2003, p.80]
  3. GMR Magazine
    70
    While the action runs smoothly, textures and level design are a bit on the simple side, making some of the more ambitious "natural" levels feel a little too grid based. [Apr 2003, p.67]
  4. It's a blast from start to finish and somehow manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. It's perhaps a classic example of the ideal game to rent.
  5. It’s just a really good fun game that does not take itself at all seriously and for fans of Dr Jones it is absolutely fantastic and I cannot recommend it high enough.
  6. My copy of Emperor's Tomb had occasional moments of severe slowdown and music stuttering. These instances never occurred during a life or death situation, but they were aggravating all the same.
  7. The over emphasis on action and less emphasis on using your wits drags it down to a pretty standard evolution of the Tomb Raider formula.
  8. While these are disappointments, there are few games that have you leaning into every jump you make, your heart in your throat each time Indy barely grabs onto a ledge with his fingertips before pulling himself up.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    70
    The graphics themselves are good but not befitting of the Xbox. The gameplay is challenging to an extent but is more targeted at novice gamers.
  10. A poorly done camera is the only true blemish on what is a fantastic game.
  11. It’s pretty much a given that beating up Nazis is inherently fun, but the developers threw in some truly entertaining wrinkles into the combat to make the Nazi-bashing especially enticing.
  12. While the game does a lot of things right, severe technical issues surface at almost every turn and really drag down the game's high points, leaving behind a game with tons of untapped potential.
  13. 61
    It's fun and a bit addictive. But there are a ton of flaws to be found and the puzzle design is so incredibly meager it hurts the game a great deal.
  14. Despite the occasionally clunky controls, Emperor’s Tomb does impress with its hand-to-hand brawls (Ms. Croft would be lost without HER weapons) and the free-range exploration allowed within each level.
  15. 60
    What Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb amounts to is lots of riddles, lots of combat, too many deathtraps and jumping puzzles, and a decent, if contrived story.
  16. 60
    Plays it safe for the most part. It takes familiar gameplay and runs with it, without trying to innovate much beyond the fun brawling.
  17. Falls short by being vastly repetitive and not offering much new to gamers. A rental at best.

Awards & Rankings

82
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#59 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 7, 2016
    8
    Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb is a fun action adventure game. I like how it seamlessly takes you from the introductory level rightIndiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb is a fun action adventure game. I like how it seamlessly takes you from the introductory level right into action. Being exploring, platforming, combat, Indy has it all here.

    Compared to the last Indiana Jones movie, the story in the game is quite good. Yes, it is not a blockbuster but, for a game, is going to feel right like an Indiana Jones adventure.

    I enjoyed the different environments and challenges that each one had.

    Sound: the voice actors do a good job, and the one doing Indy's does a very good job. The music, aside of the classic Indiana Jones score, is well done and appropriate for each situation and level.

    Graphics: overall they are good, Of course, there are some poor textures here and there, but when you are playing you really get into the environments.

    Game-play: as stated before, this game combines platforming, puzzle solving, combat. Overall they are all fun and exciting. This game is harsh sometimes since you cannot save every second. The game relies on checkpoints. If your character dies, you have to restart the whole level again. In later missions it can get pretty hard and frustrating, but also the challenge is the attraction of the game and you will want to keep going.

    If you still have an Original Xbox, this is a good game to have and play. I am not aware if Xbox 360 or One can handle it since I do not own them.
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  2. SunnyD.
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    Excellent story line, good environment, concept arts and characters; the essentials for a good single player game. And Indy has it all. A Excellent story line, good environment, concept arts and characters; the essentials for a good single player game. And Indy has it all. A must have for fans. Full Review »
  3. BlueFalcon
    Feb 6, 2005
    2
    Wow, I think a bunch Lucas Arts or Collective employees are reviewing it below or something. This game is definately among the worst games Wow, I think a bunch Lucas Arts or Collective employees are reviewing it below or something. This game is definately among the worst games I've played on the xbox. The graphics are poor, gameplay awkward, and in some spots broken. It's really just a poor game all around. Full Review »