Such a quest should be easy for an adventurer like Indy and with game controls as well laid out as these, it is. Indy can run, jump, shimmy up ropes, swing with his whip, and fight it out with nasty villains. True to the movies, Indy also has to navigate an almost constant stream of deathtraps--caves full of traps, ruins full of traps, medieval castles filled with traps. And guess what you find in China--yes, more traps. It gets repetitive, but the game has some very clever tricks. For example, skulls make noise, so Indy can toss a few and watch the crocodiles, or sentry traps target them instead.
In addition to traps, Indy must combat Chinese Triads, poachers, animated statuary and Nazis. Indy can execute quick punch combinations to knock his foes out or he can pick up weapons such as a chair, a plank of wood, a machete or firearms. His famous whip can be used to disarm foes. The only problem is the camera, which is difficult to keep in the right position. You have complete control of it, but it's hard to manage a camera while you're fighting a martial arts expert.
The graphics are good, pleasantly reminding you of some of the movies' more memorable locales. The in-game Indy mug looks like Ford down to the chin scar. Other nice touches include Indy actually having to pick up his hat if it falls off during a fight and the little 1930s plane flying over the aged and weathered world map. The music is pure John Williams and the voice work is handled by very convincing imitators. The guy they got for Indy, in particular, sounds a lot like Harrison Ford himself.
Indiana Jones & the Emperor's Tomb does right by its licence and provides hours of entertainment for anyone who's ever wanted to relive the movies starring the most exciting adventurer alive. If gaming adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones. --Bob Andrews
Indy's whirlwind adventure, set in the Far East in 1935, plunges him into an international crisis of terrifying magnitude. As the game begins, a powerful underground Asian society, the Black Dragon Triad, and a German mercenary, Albrecht Von Beck, have formed an unholy alliance in the hopes of acquiring the Heart of the Dragon, a black pearl that gives its possessor the power to mould minds. Rumoured to be buried in the crypt of China's first emperor, it has been safely hidden for more than two thousand years. Now, with this unwelcome coalition in desperate pursuit of one of the most powerful artefacts known to man, it's up to Indy to prevent the Heart of the Dragon from falling into the wrong hands.
Indy enters the race for the Heart at the behest of Marshal K'ai, an Asian businessman who asks him to retrieve the pearl and return it to the government of China. However, in order to retrieve the Heart, Indy must first traverse the world to find and assemble the three scattered pieces of the Dragon Seal, the key to unlocking the crypt. Jones is aided in his search by K'ai's stunningly beautiful assistant, Mei Ying, who helps him throughout this epic conflict. The game will offer 10 levels, all set in unique locales such as a 15th century castle that looms over Prague, an underwater palace in Istanbul, and a mountaintop fortress in China.