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Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (Windows)

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Written by  :  Emmanuel Henne (26)
Written on  :  Jan 25, 2004
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

"I came here to save you, Dad !"-"Oh yeah, and who will come to save YOU, Junior?"

The Good

The graphics are absolutely great, the best looking Indy game (or even action adventure) to date ! The sound is fantastic, from the "Raider's Theme" to famous quotes !

The Bad

The difficulty is too high, the controls are cumbersome, the puzzles old fashioned, no savepoints or manual saving...

The Bottom Line

If adventure has a name, it must be "Indiana Jones" ! That old slogan still holds true with this game which offers a lot of eye candy (nice Dx9-effects on metal, stones, rich and sharp textures, excellent lighting, great animation), the typical Indy-tunes and quotes and a lot of beautiful exotic places to visit. Unfortunately, this game lacks some essential things that would make it essentially FUN to play: You can not save.The controls suck.The gameplay is generic. The game saves automatically between the levels, and since some of these can be quite long and difficult, You can play 30 minutes, then do a false move and die and have to replay another 30 minutes to come to the place You lost. For a game that invites You to explore, this is a lethal blow, because You don't want to explore places just to fall to Your death. Secondly, the controls (mouse/keyboard) on PC are pretty cumbersome, not really accurate and so some of the difficult areas will be even more difficult due to the controls.The fights are cool and fun, but that doesn't help when You have to repeat them so often due to the lack of a saving feature. And finally, the puzzles are very outdated, not very imaginative and most of all, not quite Indy-like.I hate it when Indy has to fight giant robots, demons, cyborgs, any fantasy related creatures.Did he have to fight such things in the movies ? Nope.Also, it all boils down to the same old chest pulling, lever pulling, edge climbing, yadda, yadda, yadda.

The one and only great Indy game is Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and while "The Infernal machine" wasn't quite up to par with it, "The Emperor's Tomb" is more than just a few steps backwards, its a wasted chance of creating another great Indy game.