Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Visually, it is incredible. The game play is solid and makes this game worth more than it’s weight in platinum.
  2. A fantastic game that offers dual play modes, challenging puzzles, a progressive character development system, and balanced gameplay that is great for gamers of all skills and ages.
  3. Play Magazine
    91
    This game is, simply put, brilliant. The music is intoxicating, the locales magical and the overall vibe decidedly dreamy. [Dec 2003, p.77]
  4. 91
    Expect some of the coolest levels out there, a slew of amazing characters, and something lacking from many games today: a sense of humor.
  5. The contrasting abilities of Sphinx and the Mummy make this a true two character game and not simply the same character with a different model and textures.
  6. 85
    A fairly well balanced title that, like "Zelda," serves up a semi-non-linear experience complete with huge worlds to explore, difficult and satisfying puzzles, entertaining weapon and item advancements, and more, and it's all very much on the same epic scale as Nintendo's franchise.
  7. A beautiful game and with hardly ever any slow downs. The character design is this game’s strong part. The characters are something of a hybrid between Disney and Jim Hennson.
  8. Computer Games Magazine
    83
    From a graphics standpoint, Sphinx looks incredible. [Apr 2004, p.9]
  9. Strikes a great balance between its fantasy and Egyptian-history-based elements to create a world that is rich with character, color, and originality, and its unique method of puzzle-solving makes it an easy recommendation to any fan of the genre.
  10. Solidly designed, solidly programmed, very pretty, and about as close to "Zelda" as PS2 and Xbox will ever get. This one deserves to be a sleeper hit.
  11. The controls aren't entirely perfect, but they function well enough to get players through the game without wanting to quit.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    Satisfying, challenging, and more importantly, fun. [Jan 2004, p.80]
  13. An exceptionally well made game that smacks of style and polish.
  14. 80
    A thoroughly humorous and entertaining game with a few rough edges. Camera problems and a lack of voiceover acting are the only real flaws.
  15. 75
    A schizophrenic but enjoyable combination of gameplay styles, and it's worth slogging through the solid Sphinx segments to savor the Mummy magic.
  16. With such a huge plot and many, many puzzles to solve, this game should take an experience gamer quite some time to finish if they don’t deviate from the main story.

Awards & Rankings

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#94 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#41 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. MarwanN.
    Jan 27, 2008
    9
    Excellent game. Beautiful graphics. Clever puzzle and level design. Needs a sequel!
  2. ChiwawaK.
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    I find this a excelent game,its a beautifull world and sence for humor only its stupid there are no voices in the game.
  3. TitoB.
    Nov 18, 2004
    8
    I just not too long bought my Xbox, and found this in the bargain bin at my local Blockbuster . I'm not much of an I just not too long bought my Xbox, and found this in the bargain bin at my local Blockbuster . I'm not much of an action/adventure/platformer type, but this is one of the best games of the type that I've played. Very enjoyable, killer graphics and tight gameplay. Biggest grip goes to the non dialogue, and there's A LOT of text to read, the only flaw in a truly awesome game. I'm hoping they make a sequel. -t Full Review »