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Indiana Jones & The Emperor's Tomb (Mac)
Platform: Macintosh, Mac OS X
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Editorial Reviews: Review
"If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones." So says the Temple of Doom movie poster, and--Lara Croft notwithstanding--Indiana Jones is still synonymous with glory, romance, treasure, and adventure. Previous Indiana Jones games were produced by the graphic-adventure game masters at LucasArts. This latest installment is an action-oriented romp made by the Collective, the same development house that produced the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Xbox. The Buffy game engine is a good fit for Indy, as he travels the world on a quest to prevent the discovery of an ancient Chinese secret that could spell the end of creation itself.

Such a quest should be easy for an adventurer like Indy, and with game controls that are as well laid out as these, it is easy. Indy can run, jump, shimmy up ropes, swing with his whip, and duke 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 clever tricks in its floppy hat. For example, skulls make noise, so Indy can toss a few and watch crocodiles target them instead of him.

Indy can execute quick punch combinations to knock his foes out, or he can pick up weapons such as a chair, plank of wood, machete, or firearm. 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, a Nazi with a gun, or a poacher keen on decapitating Indy.

The graphics are good, pleasantly reminding you of some of the movies' more memorable locales. The in-game Indy mug looks like Harrison Ford down to the chin scar. Other nice touches include how Indy has to actually pick up his hat if it falls off during a fight, and the little '30s plane flying over the aged and weathered world map. The music is pure John Williams, and the voice work is handled by convincing imitators. The guy they got for Indy, in particular, sounds a lot like Ford himself. Sadly no other movie characters of note appear in the game. (I was looking for John Rhys-Davies at least, because he seems to be in every video game that comes out.)

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb does right by its license and provides hours of entertainment for anyone who's ever wanted to relive the movies starring the most exciting adventurer alive. Lara Croft, eat your heart out because if gaming adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones. --Bob Andrews


  • True to the films
  • Great graphics and fight controls
  • Good voice acting
  • Too many trap sequences
  • Camera problems common to third-person action games

Product Details
  • CD-ROM (December 3, 2022)
  • ASIN: B0000C0ZBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 Based on 6 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 6005

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

4Touchy Controls, Limited Save Game Features Mar an otherwise Great Game., Jul 15, 2023
I have enjoyed playing Indiana Jones Games since Playing the Temple of Doom on the NES and I vaguely remember a version of Raiders of the Lost Ark on Atari. So I was delighted when Emperor's Tomb was ported to the Mac, especially a more arcade/FPS instead of the Fate of Atlantis. The Graphics on Emperor's Tomb are stunning and this is one of the first games I bought after upgrading my graphics card and processor.
The controls are extemely touchy, it's easy to miss a jump or walk off the edge of a ledge accidently, and it take some getting used to them to fight and shoot well.
I will admit that the save game feature could be better and it seems more like a game consule game that you can't save wheever you want.
This game is a must for Indiana Jone's fans and recommended for people who enjoy FPS games.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

2The problem that made me give-up., Jun 12, 2023
First let me say, I have no problems with the game as far as graphics, plot etc. What made me finally give up was a the fact that you could not just save anywhere within the game, as you can in Tomb Raider. The game only saves when you complete a level. If you die while trying to complete the level or simply have to stop before the level is complete, you have to start all over at the beginning of the level. ARRGH.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4Good Game, but. . . , Feb 21, 2023
This is a good game with good graphics, considering its an oldie. The story line is great and game play is good, But the problem here is that if you depend on a PC controller a.k.a gamepad, its a real pain in the neck to set the proper gameplay settings on your device. Also there is a patch that you NEED to download and intall for this game, from there web site. If you dont get the patch your system will crash every once and a while.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

3The missing System Requirements, Jul 3, 2023
Please disregard the stars rating, I haven't played the game.
Here's the System Requirements:

Mac OSX 10.2.5
800 MHZ PowerPC G4 or better
256 MB RAM
32 MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration required
64 MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended
2 GB free on Hard Disk

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5If Adventure has a name....., Feb 3, 2023 must be Indiana Jones.

There are dozens of games featuring Indiana Jones, and this seems to be best of them so far. The puzzles are challenging, with enough twists and turns that you can shake a stick at. All of the moves/items Indy uses are action packed full of fun. Obviously, it gets harder the deeper you get into the game, but that's what makes it an adventure. My sister and I just love it!!


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