History of Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider I

This is where it all began. In 1996, gamers around the world got their first glimpse of interpid British adventurer Lara Croft. This time she's been hired by Jacqueline Natla, CEO of Natla Technologies, to locate a mysterious artifact rumored to lie buried in a Peruvian tomb. With the gamer's help, Lara finds the artifact only to realize it's just part of a larger, more powerful object - the Scion, a relic from the lost continent Atlantis. Lara also learns she's not the only one after the Scion, and - suprise, suprise! - her new employer is not at all what she seems to be.

The game includes 15 extensive levels, in which Lara explores ancient ruins in South America, Greece, Egypt and ultimately Atlantis istelf. Tomb Raider was one of the first games to successfully blend action and adventure genres. Gameplay centers on exploration and puzzle solving, but there's still plenty of combat as well.

Tomb Raider II

In this second installment in the series, archaeologist-mercenary Lara Croft goes after the legendary Dagger of Xian, an artifact rumored to give whoever possesses it the power of the dragon. Naturally Lara isn't the only one after the dagger. The Flamma Nera (Italian for "Black Flame"), a cult led by the megalomaniacal Marco Bartoli, will stop at nothing to get there first.

Gameplay is still a combination of action and adventure, but the sequel includes quite a bit more combat and blooshed than the original. This time there are 16 full-size levels plus two shorter levels at the end. Lara's journey takes her from the Great Wall of China to the canals of Venice, then to an offshore oil rig and a sunken shipwreck. From there journeys to the foothills of Tibet and, finally, back to the Great Wall.

Tomb Raider III

Lara Croft is back in another action-packed adventure. We pick up her trail in India, where she's hunting for a lost artifact, the Infada Stone. While following the Ganges downriver, she runs into a Scottish scientist, one Dr. Willard, who is also looking for the stone. He informs her that it is actually one of four artifacts carved from an ancient meteorite.

The search for the remaining artifacts takes her to London, a tropical island in the South Pacific, then to Nevada's Area 51. After finding all the artifacts, Lara heads for Antarctica, where the plot thickens.

Tomb Raider Lost Artifact

From the lofty towers of the late Dr. Willard's Scottish castle to the eerie catacombs of France, the Lost Artifact unveils the dramatic conclusion of events set in motion in Tomb Raider III. Upon the death of the dastardly Willard, Lara Croft learns of a lost artifact stowed beneath the Scottish mists at Willard's Loch Ness estate. Rumored to be the legendary Hand of Rathmore, this fifth artifact is the key to unlocking the final secret of the ancient meteor's powers. There is no time to lose, for whom else shares the secret and has joined the hunt?

The Last Revelation

In this fourth major installment in the series, Lara Croft returns to her roots... in more ways than one. First, the training levels are set in Cambodia in 1984, where a teenage Lara learns the basics from experienced archeologist-aventurer Werner Von Croy. (He later figures in the main storyline, set in the prsent day.) In the process, new players learn to move Lara through her environment, and we meet Von Croy, who also figures in the main plotline, set in the present day.

Fans of the original Tomb Raider will also be pleased to find a return fo the ancient ruins and puzzle-based gameplay that got us hooked in the first place. The main story begins at the Temple of Set. Lara raids this tomb to obtain an amulet, only to find that, in doing so, she unwittingly unleashes the evil god into the world. Now she'll have to re-bind him into his tomb in order to save humanity. While there are a variety of locations - indoor and outdoors, city streets, desert canyons and abandoned ruins - all the action takes place in Egypy. The scenery is breathtaking and, though this game is less combat-oriented than the previous two installments, there's still plenty of action.

Tomb Raider Chronicles

After being buried alive in the Temple of Horus at the end of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, our heroine is presumed dead. Friends and colleagues gather at the Croft mansion to pay their respects and reminisce over Lara's past deeds. In flashback sequences the player gets to relive four of these adventures: The hunt for the Philosopher's Stone in Rome, a deepsea dive off the coast of Russia in search of the Spear of Destiny, a brush with Hellspawn in old Ireland, and a foray into a high-tech office complex to retrieve the Iris artifact. Lara's fate is still unknown...

The Angel of Darkness

A series of grisly murders bring Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past, and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the center of these mysteries are the Obscura Paintings - five 14th century pieces of art that the Alcemist is desperate to repossess. Accused of the murder of her one time mentor, Werner Von Croy, Lara becomes a fugitive on the run. Pursued by the police, she follows the Alchemist into a dark world of blood, betrayal and vengeance where it is up to her to defeat this unholy alliance, and stop them from unleashing their incredible powers on the world.

Tomb Raider Legend

Gaming's most famous heroine makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend! Lara Croft travels the globe in search of an ancient artifact and is pitted against rival forces...