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Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft is an excellent game and a worthy entry in the Tomb Raider series. There are enough adventures, foes and puzzles to keep you occupied for a considerable amount of time. However, the game is by no means perfect and does have its minor problems.
I dig Tomb Raider III. It's not my favorite game, but it has solidified Tomb Raider as my favorite series. As would a great action/adventure movie, it leaves me cheering. That, and how can you not love Lara Croft? Much like a character in a well-written novel, she makes you race to the end just to see how things turn out for her. And as computer gaming technology grows, I can hardly wait to see how Lara and the Tomb Raider series grows with it.
As with Tomb Raider Gold, you must ask yourself, "How much do I like Lara Croft?" Have you played TRII and TR Gold into the ground, and are craving for a new adventure? If so, TRIII is heaven-sent. But if you're more fickle with your choice of gaming genre and have played either TRII or Gold, TRIII will seem old hat. Some levels were downright annoying, while others (Nevada, specifically) were truly entertaining. If you've never played Tomb Raider before, you're in for a huge treat, though I struggle with whether to recommend TRII or TRIII first.
Tomb Raider III should be a hit in the Mac community. If you had a blast playing the two previous incarnations of Lara Croft on your Mac, you should run right out to your favorite store and buy your own copy. Better yet, hope on the net and buy a copy from your favorite online store. I know this may be preaching to the choir, but if we want to continue to see these big hits come to the Mac and see the time lag between the PC and the Mac versions shorten, we need to support the developers and porting houses by buying games. We need to put our money where our mouth is. It is a given that Apple needs to do its part, but supposedly it is we consumers that drive the market. The more games we buy, the more games come out. Tomb Raider III is definitely worthy of your hard-earned cash (or your parents' moolah).
There are few things wrong with this game, and for series fans, it represents a passable upgrade. Unfortunately, you may also need to upgrade your hardware, since Tomb Raider really requires a G3 or iMac to run well. A 603e can choke it out, but the game looks pretty horrible without 3D acceleration.