Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb - PC

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: The Collective Soft. Co.: LucasArts
Publishers: Activision (GB)
Released: 28 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Control Pad


Searching for a relic or lost artefact? Yes, we've all been there... well at least Indiana Jones has. Resurrecting George Lucas's hero from 1980's, Activision bring us Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. Yes, the whip-wielding, hat-wearing archaeologist hunk is back for another adventure and this time it's the Chinese government that wants his help. What's the world coming to?

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, this mysterious pearl has been safely hidden for more than 2000 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.

Several layers of anti-wrinkle cream have been applied to our virtual hero, in a successful attempt to create a Harrison Ford look-a-like, and the varied gaming locales do a good job of recreating those ancient temples and caverns we've come to know through the films. Expect to see snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies aplenty in the Indiana Jones world, as you begin your Tomb Raider-style adventure.

Yes, it was perhaps inevitable, but Indiana Jones: The Emperor's Tomb plays similarly to Core Design's long-running series of Lara Croft adventures. There are puzzles, most of them clearly inspired by the film series, booby traps, legendary bosses, and a serious need for Indy's accompanying whip. Whoo-pah!

The game itself is large and some sections are quite enduring, but the third-person perspective helps to give players a better sense of direction and their surroundings. To vary things a little, LucasArts have also incorporated a first-person element, which is especially useful when you finally discover your first projectile weapon.

Overall, The Emperor's Tomb is a dedicated adventure game with no fluff - pure, unadulterated fun.