Tomb Raider (series)

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Tomb Raider
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Type(s)
Series
Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Android, Game Boy Color, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Ratings
This title has been rated M by the ESRB
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Tomb Raider, also known as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider between 2001 and 2007, is a media franchise that originated with an action-adventure video game series created by British gaming company Core Design. Formerly owned by Eidos Interactive, then by Square Enix after their acquisition of Eidos in 2009, the franchise focuses on a fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft, who travels around the world searching for lost artifacts and infiltrating dangerous tombs and ruins. The gameplay generally focuses around action-adventure exploration of environments, solving puzzles, navigating hostile environments filled with traps, and fighting numerous enemies. Additional media has grown up around the theme in the form of film adaptations, comics and novels.

Development on the original Tomb Raider game began in 1993. Its success prompted Core Design to develop a new game annually for the next four years, which put a strain on staff. The sixth game, The Angel of Darkness, faced difficulties during development and was considered a failure at release. This prompted Eidos to switch development duties to Crystal Dynamics, which has been the series' primary developer since then. Other developers have contributed either to spin-off titles within the series or ports of mainline titles.

Tomb Raider games have sold over 67 million copies worldwide. The series has generally met with critical acclaim, with the series being noted as one of the pioneers of the action-adventure genre. Lara Croft herself has become one of the most recognizable video game protagonists in existence, winning numerous accolades and earning places on the Walk of Game and Guinness World Records. Alongside being praised for pioneering female characters in video games, she has also been the subject of controversy due to her sex appeal being used for marketing.

List of games[edit | edit source]

Main series[edit | edit source]

  • Tomb Raider (PlayStation, Saturn, DOS, Windows, Mac, N-Gage, PocketPC, iOS, Android)
    • Tomb Raider Gold (Windows)
  • Tomb Raider II (PlayStation, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
    • Tomb Raider II Gold (Windows, Mac)
  • Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (PlayStation, Windows, Mac)
  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (PlayStation, Dreamcast, Windows, Mac)
    • The Times Exclusive Bonus Level (Windows)
  • Tomb Raider III: The Lost Artifact (Windows, Mac)
  • Tomb Raider Chronicles (PlayStation, Dreamcast, Windows, Mac)
  • Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PlayStation 2, Windows, Mac)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Windows, PSP, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac, Nintendo DS, Mobile phones : J2ME)
  • Tomb Raider (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac, Linux, Nvidia Shield)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows)

Spin-off[edit | edit source]

  • Tomb Raider (Game Boy Color)
  • Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword (Game Boy Color)
  • Tomb Raider: The Prophecy (Game Boy Advance)
  • Tomb Raider: Apocalypse (Interactive TV game : Sky Gamestar)
  • Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex (Mobile phones : J2ME / ExEn)
  • Tomb Raider: Quest for Cinnabar (Mobile phones : J2ME / ExEn)
  • Tomb Raider: Elixir of Life (Mobile phones : J2ME / ExEn)
  • Tomb Raider (slots) (Web browser, Mobile phones : J2ME, iOS, Android)
  • Tomb Raider: The Temple of Anubis (Interactive TV game : Sky Gamestar)
  • Tomb Raider: The Reckoning (Interactive TV game : Bell ExpressVu)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend: Tokyo (Mobile phones : J2ME)
  • Lara Croft's Poker Party (Mobile phones : J2ME)
  • Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure (DVD Player)
  • Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox (Mobile phones : J2ME)
  • Tomb Raider (Arcade : Pachislot)
  • CR Tomb Raider (Arcade : Pachislot)
  • Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword (Web browser, iOS, Android)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, iOS, Android)
  • Lara Croft: Reflections (iOS)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Windows)
  • Lara Croft: Relic Run (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
  • Lara Croft GO (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
  • Tomb Raider: Escape the Tomb (Web browser)
  • Tomb Raider (Arcade)
  • Tomb Raider VR: Lara's Escape (Android : Samsung Gear VR)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Stars (Web browser)
  • Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs (Web browser, iOS, Android)

Compilations[edit | edit source]

  • The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PlayStation 3)

Remakes/Remasters[edit | edit source]

  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac, PSP, Mobile phones : J2ME)
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)