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Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (PlayStation)

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Description

The intrepid archaeologist Lara Croft ventures to India, searching for a legendary stone that once belonged to the tribe of Infada. Shortly after recovering the precious stone, she encounters a Dr. Willard, the head of an organization known as RX Tech. Willard is interested in an ancient Polynesian city build by people of a now defunct civilization, which worshipped a mysterious meteorite that hit the Earth millions of years ago. Willard tells Lara that the Infada Stone is in fact one of the four artifacts the ancient Polynesians fashioned from the material contained in the meteorite's core. Willard suggests Lara should look for the other three, scattered and hidden in various regions of the planet. It looks like another dangerous adventure awaits the fearless "tomb raider"!

Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft is an action game with platforming and puzzle-solving elements. The gameplay system is similar to the one implemented in the previous game. Lara's abilities include running, jumping, climbing, swimming, rolling, crouching, crawling, sprinting, and swinging on bars and vines. A few new types of hazards have been added in this installment, including cold water in which Lara can swim for a limited amount of time, dangerous underwater creatures (such as piranhas), and the treacherous quicksand, which will swallow the heroine if the player isn't careful and fast enough to prevent her from falling into it.

As in the previous game, Lara uses pistols, shotguns, harpoon guns, uzis, and grenade launchers to defend herself. New weapons include the Desert Eagle, MP5 sub-machine-gun, and rocket launcher. A few levels are designed in such away that sneaking becomes the preferable solution, rather than directly engaging the enemies in combat. Unlike the previous games, the player can choose to tackle the levels in any order following the introductory Indian scenario.

The player can save the game at any time in both the PC and the PlayStation versions; however, in the latter the amount of times the player can save the game depends on the amount of special crystals collected by Lara during her journey.

Screenshots

Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft PlayStation An indoor gym course acts as a tutorial.
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft PlayStation Laura packs her bags and heads to London.
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft PlayStation Intro in Antarctica.
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft PlayStation Mind the bums...

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵 III" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "古墓丽影3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tomb Raider III: הרפתקאותיה של לארה קרופט" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Tomb Raider III: Les aventures de Lara Croft" -- French title

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User Reviews

An all around cultural adventure with deadly weapons of destruction and a gorgeous woman kicking ass! Antonia Lenham (4) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Lara's third and most difficult adventure. Michael B (341) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

The Press Says

GameGenie 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Unlimited Jan, 1999 9.4 out of 10 94
Absolute Playstation Nov, 1998 92 out of 100 92
NowGamer Nov 21, 1998 9.2 out of 10 92
Freak Dec, 1998 87 out of 100 87
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Mar 13, 1999 85 out of 100 85
IGN Nov 20, 1998 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Nov 24, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
Meristation Oct 08, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 C 50

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Trivia

German version

In the German version, all blood effects were removed.

Secrets

Get all the secrets in the levels and you'll unlock the "Al Hallows" level based on London. Furthermore, Lara's mansion (the training level) holds two major secrets: A quad-cycle race course (behind a locked gate, the key is in the aquarium), and a museum with early Tomb Raider relics like the Scion and the Dagger of Xian (in a secret door on the lobby) Be sure to check a walkthrough if you can't find them, they require some precise actions and timing to unlock.

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Grant McLellan (545) added Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (PlayStation) on Apr 04, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Jeff Hazen (92), GTramp (34473), MAT (72560) and Jeanne (75620)