Tomb Raider Core Design / Eidos 1996

You play as Lara Croft, perhaps the most famous game character ever. Agile, tough and good-looking - she made gaming history. Lara is fed up with her life and looks for adventure which she'll get as she's approached to retrieve 3 old artifacts. In typical Indiana Jones fashion you'll visit Mayan temples, Egypt, Greece and even Atlantis. Lots of puzzles and traps break up the shooting. Since the action takes place in long lost cities and ruins, you'll never meet a lot of people, so the enemies consist of wolves, bears, raptors and some more mystical animals. The camera follows Lara as she climbs, jumps, and swims through detailed environs overcoming environmental obstacles and deadly fauna. Moving through levels often involves finding spots where Lara can climb, looking for spots where Lara can use her acrobatic ability, and sliding blocks and pushing levers to solve puzzles and open passageways. Lara is armed with, now trademark, twin pistols with infinite ammunition, but she can pick up higher caliber weapons to take on deadlier human opponents. Lara also comes across restorative health packs and has a compass with which she can orient herself. The graphics were really good for this time and got even better when there was a 3dfx patch released. It was one of the first games to receive a hardware acceleration patch developed by 3dfx Interactive for use with its Voodoo cards. Many jaws dropped to the floor when game players saw the new, enhanced version of Tomb Raider - a version that showcased much cleaner textures and smoother edges. Indeed, Tomb Raider helped fuel the fire of an industry that would grow at an alarming rate. It was an instant hit with many sequels and even spawned 2 movies starring Angelina Jolie, the first of which is the highest-grossing movie ever based on a videogame. It effectively translated Prince of Persia-style platformer gameplay to 3D. Lara Croft was the first game mascot to break the cutesy cartoon mold yet achieve mainstream recognition, and inspired a glut of "sexy" heroines and pandering advertisements. Soon after the release, someone found out how to replace the clothing textures and released a custom "nude patch" (DOS version only of course). It revealed everything and it became a big hype on the net. Despite the unsavory marketing and imagery that surrounded Lara, she was as popular among female gamers as male, and many women credited her with piquing their interest in gaming altogether.

See also: #Tomb Raider Gold

Screenshots
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City of Vilcabama Level Pt. 1&2 + 3Dfx Vodoo Demos 2+2+2MB ( @ tombraiders.net)How to run on Win XP/Vista
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Reviews
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Work In Progress Demo ~1MB (upped by Scaryfun)
Infos
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3DFx Glide Emulator, Graphic, and Texture Mod
Video
Full Demo 24MB ( @ Kmzpub)
Full Demo 25MB ( @ Fajnegry.prv.pl)
Clone ISO Demo 261MB (uploaded by Old-Games.ru)
Include in Tomb Raider Gold (98) ISO Demo CD1 Tomb Raider ~368MBCD2 Unfinished Business ~525MB (upped by Trey)
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Browser-Playable Java City of Vilcabama Demo Pt.1 2MB (uploaded by RGB Classic Games)
included in Tomb Raider 1+2+3 - GOG Digital ISO Demo 712MB (uploaded by Shattered)
Shareware Level Demo included in Bloody Games (1998) ISO Demo 313MB (uploaded by olli)
Original Soundtrack + Glidos + Last Secret fix (uploaded by hgdagon)
included in Tomb Raider Bundle - EU AlcoholClone 3DVD ISO Demo 17.4GB (uploaded by Shattered)
Prototype Demo 6MB (uploaded by scaryfun)


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