The game follows Jack's quest through seven areas to obtain the pieces of an amulet that can send him back to his own time. As more amulet pieces are collected, the player unlocks more of Jack's weapons and abilities, such as tiger claws and a battle hammer.
IGN's Craig Harris gave the game an "okay" score of 6 out of 10, citing the game's similarities to Metroid and recent Castlevania games as good design, but saying the game lacked originality. The game has a score of 64.55% from GameRankings and 63 out of 100 from Metacritic.
^Harris, Craig (March 26, 2003). "Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2016. Extremely stiff controls definitely hurt this game design that's obviously inspired by Metroid and the later games in the Castlevania series.