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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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XBox Solution (XBS) (Mar 29, 2003)
It was a pleasure playing Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, it gave me a chance to reflect back on the days of my childhood a bit, and reach inside to claim some of that adventure I may have lost over the years. While the graphics could have been touched up a bit for an Xbox title, the fun factor and the level of variety in a game that kept my interest all the way to the end was a nice surprise. I have a two fold recommendation. If you are a fan of Indiana Jones, you should go pick this one up now. More casual adventure types take a test run through a rental, and you make the call.
86 (Mar 14, 2003)
Echte Indy-Anhänger dürfen aufgrund der Filmnähe des Titels noch ein paar Prozentpunkte auf die Wertung aufschlagen. Während der Titel für die Fan-Gemeinde ein Muss ist, dürften auch Archäologieneulinge an diesem abwechslungsreichen Action-Adventure ihre Freude haben. Spätestens wenn die grandiose Filmmusik erklingt oder der original Synchronsprecher Indiana Jones Humor spielen lässt, zieht der Abenteurer die Spieler in seinen Bann.
Like every other Indy fan in the world, I am still waiting for his long-awaited return to the big screen, but let's not hold our breath. The good news is Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb offers up more than enough action to keep any fan happy until that glorious day becomes a reality. If you own an Xbox and are looking for some adventure, you really can't do much better than this.
ActionTrip (Mar 21, 2003)
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, I enjoy playing it as does as my 4 year old son. Frankly, I would be hard pressed to find something new to add to a Boob Raider type game myself. What LucasArts has done is taken a great genre, added a well-established character and added the detail and polish that they have been known for. The end result is Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb combines the right amount of action, puzzle solving and exploration and overall, is quite entertaining.
Next Level Gaming (Jul 08, 2003)
I had a blast playing this game, and it provided hours of fun to enjoy. There is nothing like taking on some Nazis after a hard day’s work to relieve some stress. If you are a fan of action/adventure games, this is definitely one you do not want to miss. If you have both systems, the Xbox version is the way to go, even though it's been out much longer than the PS2 version. Just that graphic clarity alone would be enough. But that aside, when all is said and done, Indy’s first (and hopefully not last) appearance on the Xbox and Playstation 2 can be considered a success.
The puzzles may be a tad linear, and not nearly as engrossing as Lara Croft's exploits, but the action is in a league of its own and the story is well worthy of a film. I think you'll agree that it's good to see Dr. Jones in action again.
X-Power (May 01, 2003)
Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb is een uitstekende titel geworden en geeft de Xbox z'n eerste échte adventure game. Tien gevarieerde locaties zorgen ervoor dat de levensduur aanvaardbaar is want door de uitzonderlijke vlotte gameplay en de niet al te hoge moeilijkheidsgraad speelt het spel lekker snel door.Wie echter alle secrets wil ontdekken zal heel wat meer uurtjes nodig hebben dan gamers die zich enkel met het hoofdverhaal bezig houden. Grafisch is het er nog veel verbetering mogelijk maar toch mag dit geen domper op de spelvreugde zijn. Een absolute aanwinst voor iedere collectie en verplichte kost voor Tomb Raiderfanaten.
Extreme Gamer (Mar 21, 2003)
If you are an Indiana Jones fan then do yourself a favor and go get this game right now. The game is very reminiscent of Tomb Raider with more emphasis placed on fighting and less puzzle work. If you are trying to find all the hidden items, the game will take you about 20 hours to beat on easy. So if you are looking for a great game to hold you over until the next-gen Tomb Raider then go get this bad boy.
GameZone (Feb 26, 2003)
Indiana Jones has had marginal success in the gaming world. This is a character that has inspired the Tomb Raider series and while the latter has achieved success in the gaming world (whereas Indiana rules the movie competition between the two), Indiana Jones has yet to really catch on. This game takes some big steps to catching up with Lara Croft. There is something grand about an Indiana Jones’ adventure, and the Emperor’s Tomb comes close to embracing that feeling in the videogaming world.
GamePro (US) (Feb 24, 2003)
With a little more fine-tuning and polish, Indiana Jones and the Emperor?s Tomb could have been completely awesome. It?s still a mighty fine adventure as it is, although Indy fans will get the most mileage from it.
GameSpy (Feb 17, 2003)
Fans of the Indiana Jones movies and fans of great action beat-'em-up video games should absolutely take Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb for a spin. It might be some time until the Xbox sees another adventure that's this enjoyable again.
Retroage (Jan 04, 2012)
Nadszedł czas na podsumowanie. Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb jest dobrą grą. Bardzo ciekawa jest fabuła, system walki i grafika. Świetnie pokonuje się nowe lokacje, a o brakach łamigłówek, czy problemach w sterowaniu można z czasem zapomnieć. Autorzy także bardzo dobrze połączyli scenariusz gry z tymi filmowymi. Indiana na widok węża wspomina „this is a long story”, a samo zakończenie gry jest niejako wstępem do prologu z filmu Indiana Jones i Świątynia Zagłady.
Just Adventure (Mar 11, 2003)
Still, if I had to choose between the artificialness of Laura Croft and the grittiness of Indiana Jones, Indy would win fedora down, even if his aging bullwhip might be in need of a dose of Viagra.
Game Over Online (Mar 26, 2003)
Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb had so much potential. The Collective managed to encapsulate the Indiana Jones movie-going experience in an action-adventure game, complete with John Williams soundtrack, a convincing Harrison Ford stand-in, inventive puzzle elements, and an exciting combat system. 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. Unfortunately, newcomers to the genre will likely be overwhelmed by such problems, so it's hard to recommend it to them. However, if you're a fan of the Indiana Jones movie franchise, I think you'll be satisfied with his latest adventure.
70 (UK) (Mar 26, 2003)
One can only hope that somewhere along the line that LucasArts takes on board the criticisms of its latest attempt and goes on to make the benchmark whip-cracking adventure that we all yearn for. But rather like EA's clueless Bond games of recent years, this is a licensed game that has been designed unapologetically for the mass market from the ground up. It'll appeal to the attention-deficient, thrill seeking gamer, but those who expect something a little deeper should be aware of its shortcomings. But as a cohesive, enjoyable action game, The Emperor's Tomb still stands out among film tie-in fodder; 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; you'll enjoy it while it lasts, complete it over a weekend, and move on.
GameSpot (Feb 28, 2003)
The good parts of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb are really good. You can definitely see a great game hidden in the finished product, but calling the Emperor's Tomb "finished" doesn't seem right. The problems in this game are the sort that almost certainly could have been ironed out with a few more months of work, but in the end, the unpolished portions of the game outweigh the game's strong points. There's definitely some fun to be had here, and Indiana Jones fans will likely appreciate the way their favorite archeologist is represented in the game. But the game can't be wholeheartedly recommended such as it is, and it's probably best suited as a weekend rental, much like the movies that inspired it.
65 (Mar 25, 2003)
Un gros capital sympathie pour cet Indiana Jones et le Tombeau de l'Empereur mais aussi un gros tas de défauts. Réalisation qui passe tout juste, 2 ou 3 bugs, système de sauvegarde à revoir mais surtout un gameplay qui déçoit un peu et qui a un tour de retard. The Collective aurait pu mieux assurer et nous proposer un soft plus à la hauteur de la licence, plus prenant et non pas un simple petit jeu auquel on s'adonne comme posé sur des rails. Dommage, il y avait là un fort potentiel, on devra se contenter d'un titre sympathique qui devrait plaire aux fans qui attendent le prochain film. C'est mon cas :)
IGN (Feb 14, 2003)
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb is Tomb Raider meets Pitfall. Only the adventure aspects fall far short of the original Tomb Raider and the platforming action goes a bit overboard at times. There are lots of flaws in the game, but it's not a bad title. I had a lot of fun playing Indy and even if I wasn't reviewing the game, I'd have been compelled enough to see it through the 12 or so hours of gameplay to the end. 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.
Games TM (Mar, 2003)
There are plenty of new puzzles and locations and, most importantly, the atmosphere is one hundred percent Indy, but the fact that jumping over gaps is so problematic removes a considerable amount of polish. Not only are the controls a bit twitchy, but there are also occasional problems with camera positioning - in some areas, lining up a jump is virtually impossible because surrounding walls are in the way and the viewpoint can't be adjusted. On top of that, the speed and erratic pacing of the jumping itself, combined with occasional collision detection problems, making navigating even the smallest gap a heart-stopping event, the beat-'em-up and puzzle elements of the game are some of the best we've seen in quite some time. And let's not forget that this is Indiana Jones - the original tomb raider, if not quite the best, when it comes to games.
The Video Game Critic (May 23, 2008)
Periodic technical flaws tend to reveal the game's PC origins (gasp!), and these include clipping problems, collision detection issues, frame-rate stutters, and misplaced shadows. One time I even found myself walking on thin air! But the biggest liability is the hit-or-miss controls. Sometimes you can grab a ledge, while other times you cannot. Sometimes you can pull a switch, and sometimes you can't. This is not the polish we expect in a console adventure. At least your game is saved automatically (and transparently) on a regular basis, which is a very nice feature. It doesn't capture the unique spirit of the films, but if you can accept Emperor's Tomb for what it is, you'll probably find it worth your while.
Netjak (Apr 14, 2003)
I was quite disappointed in Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb. The reason is dovetailed: On one hand I’m still looking for a game that does the Indiana Jones Trilogy justice. On the other hand, I question the integrity of Lucas Arts, as they produced a bug filled and untimely release. When it is over, said and done; the Emperor’s Tomb just wasn’t executed correctly.