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. Excellent graphics and sound, but may be spending too much time on that puzzle-heavy road.
  2. 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]
  3. 82
    It might be some time until the Xbox sees another adventure that's this enjoyable again.
  4. Better than average combat through exotic locales is always fun. Just steady that camera, grab your wetsuit and don't eat the monkey brains.
  5. 80
    The combat is especially well executed, although the amount of punishment opponents can take is a tad unrealistic.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    Gorgeous graphics, inspired combat, fun minigames, and cool puzzles and platform challenges bolster play immensely. [Apr 2003, p.130]
  12. 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.
  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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Issues like graphics that are clearly below Xbox standards also keep the game from becoming great.
  17. 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.
  18. 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]
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. GameNow
    83
    It's like "Tomb Raider" with a better fighting engine. [Apr 2003, p.54]
  22. 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.
  23. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    At times the game has all the pulse-pounding thrills of an archaeological dig. [7 Mar 2003, p.78]
  24. Look past the glitches and the mediocre puzzles and you can find a fun action/adventure for just about anyone.

Awards & Rankings

#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 »