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. This is high adventure in the grandest sense, and running around in the shoes of Indiana Jones is truly a great thing. Not to mention the manual has got to be seen to be believed. It’s so bloody cool, it’s amazing.
  2. Playing The Emperor's Tomb is just like watching your favorite Indy movie; it's got everything, and strikes a wonderful balance of platforming, puzzle solving and combat.
  3. It's all top notch Indy stuff and perfectly captures all the ace elements of the man and the movies. Monsters, exotic locations, suspicious characters and back-stabbing. He even looks and sounds like Harrison Ford which makes it all even more believable, charming and utterly essential. [GamesMaster]
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    90
    The huge number of levels and their often epic scale is backed up by a worthy storyline. [Mar 2003, p.40]
  5. 90
    With a great musical score, fantastic gameplay and great graphics (for the most part), this is one adventure you do not want to miss!
  6. If there is a problem with the game it's that it offers nothing new to this style of game that hasn't already come from the Boob Raider saga. That's not to say it's a bad game. It a great game.
  7. Game Informer
    85
    Let's put it this way: Anything you see Indy do in a movie, he can do in the game - the control is that good. [Mar 2003, p.86]
  8. LucasArts did a fine job making the closest thing to a replication of all the movies thrown into a video game. The gameplay is fantastic, the level design is overwhelming at times, and the graphics and sound make their own positive arguments.
  9. GameNow
    83
    It's like "Tomb Raider" with a better fighting engine. [Apr 2003, p.54]
  10. 82
    It might be some time until the Xbox sees another adventure that's this enjoyable again.
  11. Thanks to the use of the Buffy engine, the game features an excellent combat system that refuses to tire on you and a compelling story to pull you through the game.
  12. Excellent graphics and sound, but may be spending too much time on that puzzle-heavy road.
  13. This combination of adherence to the Lucas/Spielberg rules and innovative game design not only makes this a convincing depiction of an icon, but also makes for a satisfying and rewarding play.
  14. It immersed you in a pit of action and puzzle solving, all classic adventure game elements, and it was just fun controlling Indy and his whip.
  15. The fights, though violent, are unfortunately completely bloodless—not a drop of claret is spilled—and the bodies of his enemies, once beaten, magically vanish. This makes the game feel as tidy and antiseptic as a Disney ride.
  16. 80
    The combat is especially well executed, although the amount of punishment opponents can take is a tad unrealistic.
  17. Play Magazine
    80
    I think LucasArts should have The Collective make all of their A-list movie games. Howard the Duck beckons. [Apr 2003, p.59]
  18. Issues like graphics that are clearly below Xbox standards also keep the game from becoming great.
  19. Manages to capture the spirit of the films and packs a ton of combat and action sequences into a good old-fashioned adventure game. The puzzles are mindless so check your brain at the door.
  20. If not for the abundant technical glitches, repetitive level design and spotty camera system, recommending The Emperor’s Tomb would have been a no-brainer.
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    Gorgeous graphics, inspired combat, fun minigames, and cool puzzles and platform challenges bolster play immensely. [Apr 2003, p.130]
  22. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    At times the game has all the pulse-pounding thrills of an archaeological dig. [7 Mar 2003, p.78]
  23. Better than average combat through exotic locales is always fun. Just steady that camera, grab your wetsuit and don't eat the monkey brains.
  24. Look past the glitches and the mediocre puzzles and you can find a fun action/adventure for just about anyone.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. PieterJ.
    Oct 26, 2004
    9
    This game is awsome in every way. You ARE Indiana Jones in this game. The music is also impressive! If you are an Indiana Jones-fan, buy it NOW!