Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You’ll be looking for opportunities to heave enemies off catwalks or crack them against a wall so Indy can smack them silly.
  4. 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.
  5. Falls short by being vastly repetitive and not offering much new to gamers. A rental at best.
  6. 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!
  7. Instant deaths, glitchy combat, uninspiring boss encounters and twitchy controls conspire to make this a below-par experience. If it wasn't for the occasional flashes of imagination and the familiarity and richness conveyed through the license then The Emperor's Tomb would be utterly forgettable. [May 2003, p.99]
  8. 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.
  9. Gorgeous graphics, inspired combat, fun minigames, and cool puzzles and platform challenges bolster play immensely. [Apr 2003, p.130]
  10. At times the game has all the pulse-pounding thrills of an archaeological dig. [7 Mar 2003, p.78]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  16. Better than average combat through exotic locales is always fun. Just steady that camera, grab your wetsuit and don't eat the monkey brains.
  17. 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.
  18. 83
    It's like "Tomb Raider" with a better fighting engine. [Apr 2003, p.54]
  19. 80
    The combat is especially well executed, although the amount of punishment opponents can take is a tad unrealistic.
  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. 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.
  22. 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]
  23. 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.
  24. 82
    It might be some time until the Xbox sees another adventure that's this enjoyable again.
  25. 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.
  26. Issues like graphics that are clearly below Xbox standards also keep the game from becoming great.
  27. Excellent graphics and sound, but may be spending too much time on that puzzle-heavy road.
  28. A poorly done camera is the only true blemish on what is a fantastic game.
  29. 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.
  30. 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]
  31. 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.
  32. Look past the glitches and the mediocre puzzles and you can find a fun action/adventure for just about anyone.
  33. 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.
  34. 46
    About the only thing that I didn’t absolutely hate in The Emperor’s Tomb (but it was still lacking) is that there are a few cool big boss fights.
  35. The huge number of levels and their often epic scale is backed up by a worthy storyline. [Mar 2003, p.40]
  36. I think LucasArts should have The Collective make all of their A-list movie games. Howard the Duck beckons. [Apr 2003, p.59]
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Sadly, however, not even the best Indy console game necessarily makes for a great Xbox title. [Apr 2003, p.80]
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 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
    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
    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
    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!