Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Tomb Raider: Underworld concludes the story of Lara's search for her mother who is supposedly trapped in a place called Avalon. Continuing the events from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, her search brings her once again to locations around the globe from the cold wastes of the Arctic to the beautiful landscapes of Thailand. This time even the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is not save from Lara's exploring. At the same time the game continues to explore the idea of monomyth, this time incorporating the influences of the Norse mythology into its narrative.

The basic gameplay remains the same as in most of the previous iterations of the series with the focus on exploring, solving riddles and dodgy climbing passages instead of instant action and gun fights. For this Lara once again learned a few new moves including jumping between the walls introduced in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time.

To help the players with the riddles, the game not only features a sonar map, showing Lara's immediate surroundings as a 3D grid for better orientation around the levels. Also, if asked, Lara gives general but helpful tips on what to do next.

The differences from the previous Tomb Raider games developed by Crystal Dynamics include the complete lack of QTE events. Instead the time slows down in critical moments, but the player still retains full control of the Lara's movements. Another change is the more non-linear level design more in vein with the traditional entries of the series.


Tomb Raider: Underworld Windows "Lara, it's your father speaking from the grave"
Tomb Raider: Underworld Windows Those things don't attack but give a serious burn when touched.
Tomb Raider: Underworld PlayStation 3 Lara uses her PDA to check mission objectives, are map and other info.
Tomb Raider: Underworld PlayStation 3 On some larger maps you'll be able to drive a bike, and take it all the way to various close quarter interiors.

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:地城奪寶" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tomb Raider 8" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews

Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Nov 29, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
GameZone Xbox 360 Nov 19, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Dec 07, 2008 85 out of 100 85 PlayStation 3 Nov 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN Australia Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79 Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2008 15 out of 20 75
Krawall Gaming Network Windows Nov 27, 2008 74 out of 100 74
GameLand Windows Dec 29, 2008 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii Nov 21, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
RewiredMind PlayStation 3 Dec 04, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Jan 23, 2009


1001 Video Games

Tomb Raider Underworld appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Eidos felt the game underperformed in sales and laid off 30 employees in January 2009. Later that month, Eidos CFO Robert Brent said a complete remake of the Lara Croft character would be necessary to make it a profitable franchise once again.

Wii bug

The initial Wii release has an occasional bug that makes it impossible to finish the game. In the Coastal Thailand section of the game, a pole that acts as a lever sometimes refuses to function, making it impossible to progress. To fix the issue, Eidos made available some public saves that can be loaded on an SD cart to continue playing from past that section.

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