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. Computer Games Magazine
    From a graphics standpoint, Sphinx looks incredible. [Apr 2004, p.9]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Getting the Mummy burnt, shocked, and sliced makes for both fun and funny gameplay. Watching Sphinx do double-jumps and sword strokes, on the other hand, fills me with "eh." [Dec 2003, p.204]
  3. 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.
  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. games(TM)
    While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
  6. 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.
  7. 75
    A schizophrenic but enjoyable combination of gameplay styles, and it's worth slogging through the solid Sphinx segments to savor the Mummy magic.
  8. The controls aren't entirely perfect, but they function well enough to get players through the game without wanting to quit.
  9. Attempts to be a platform game heavy on the puzzles, but it's really just a boring platform game. It's too bad it's a video game and not a slide show, because playing the game is almost painfully boring at times despite the graphics.
  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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Visually, it is incredible. The game play is solid and makes this game worth more than it’s weight in platinum.
  14. Official Xbox Magazine
    Satisfying, challenging, and more importantly, fun. [Jan 2004, p.80]
  15. Play Magazine
    This game is, simply put, brilliant. The music is intoxicating, the locales magical and the overall vibe decidedly dreamy. [Dec 2003, p.77]
  16. 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.
  17. It's certainly slick and professionally done, and those who find platformers to be their favourite genre will find this very enjoyable. However, if you like your gaming to be different then all you'll get from this is a distinct feeling of deja vu.
  18. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Elementary use of math reveals that a mediocre Sphinx game combined with an excellent Cursed Mummy game averages out to a very solid and enjoyable Sphinx/Mummy hybrid. [Mar 2004, p.91]
  19. An exceptionally well made game that smacks of style and polish.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#94 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#34 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

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
    Excellent game. Beautiful graphics. Clever puzzle and level design. Needs a sequel!
  2. ChiwawaK.
    Aug 28, 2005
    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
    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 »