Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Even though this game this game can be beaten in a short time period, do not let this stop you from purchasing the game. It has well designed levels, tight controls, and a great theme to play.
  2. 82
    Fans of the film, disciples of The Rock, and old-timers who enjoy a good 2D action / platformer should all investigate The Scorpion King.
  3. 80
    The game's slow progression of introducing game ideas as well as a good variety of enemies keeps things interesting in The Scorpion King.
  4. Highly playable and cleverly designed.
  5. Those who revel in the horizontal action games of yesteryear will revel in the brilliant mix of elements gathered from some of the best offerings of the past.
  6. Play Magazine
    The characters and animation are the stuff of 16-bit legend. [May 2002, p.71]
  7. It plays out like a popcorn movie: a fun ride while it lasts.
  8. GameNow
    Our primary gripe against the game, however, is the length: veteran gamers will be able to beat it in a matter of hours. [June 2002, p.88]
  9. Nintendo Power
    Royally difficult. [Apr 2002, p.152]
  10. Pocket Games
    The levels have too few checkpoints - die mid-way through, and you'll usually go all the way bck to the beginning. [Winter 2002, p.46]
  11. A solid game that might not make enough use of the license in terms of plot and overall presentation, but it’s certainly fun and there are a wide variety of obstacles and environments throughout the game although much of it may be frustrating.
  12. It's more like a reworking of "Prince of Persia."
  13. 60
    Could be worse, but it could also be a lot better.
  14. Game Informer
    Doomed to be as bland as the Rock's acting. [June 2002, p.87]

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