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The Dagger of Xian is a legendary weapon that was used by Chinese emperors to command their armies. It is said that a person can turn into a dragon by piercing his own heart with this dagger. When one of the emperors used it for that purpose, Tibetan monks manage to withdraw the dagger from his heart and return it to its resting place on the Great Wall. While investigating the legend, the archaeologist Lara Croft finds out that a powerful Venetian crime lord is hunting for the dagger, and must do everything in her power to prevent him from obtaining it.

Tomb Raider II is an action game with platforming and puzzle-solving elements, similar in concept and gameplay to its predecessor. Most of the gameplay consists of traversing hazardous 3D levels utilizing Lara's athletic skills and solving environmental puzzles. The sequel puts more emphasis on fighting enemies, adding many human foes to the mix. Additional weapons include a harpoon gun, a grenade launcher, and an M16 rifle. Automatic pistols replace the magnums from the first game.

There are two vehicles the player can drive in the game: a motorboat in Venice and a snow scooter in Tibet. Lara can now climb ladders and perform a roll in the air, landing in an opposite direction. The sequel also allows the player to save the game anywhere.


Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft Windows a summersault in progress
Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft Windows the graceful swan dive.. theres no water to land in here, but she'll be fine..
Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft Windows Lara's Mansion
Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft Windows Lara and the big red.....

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵 II" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "古墓丽影2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tomb Raider II: The Dagger of Xian" -- Informal Fan Name
  • "Tomb Raider II: Estrelando Lara Croft" -- Brazilian title
  • "Tomb Raider 2" -- German "Computer Bild Spiele" magazine title

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User Reviews

Lara returns with more puzzles, more adventure, and less action... Jim Fun (222) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Not as great as they claim it to be. Depth Lord (933) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Action Nov, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 15, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Gamezilla Dec 03, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 07, 2009 17 out of 20 85
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Adventure Classic Gaming Jan 15, 1999 4 out of 5 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Ultra Game Players 1998 75 out of 100 75
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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The Prodigy

This game was responsible for the delay of the UK band The Prodigy's 3rd Album The Fat of the Land because all the band members got sidetracked playing this game on their PlayStations.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/2008 - One of the "10 Coolest Levels" (It is the first real Tomb Raider level that isn't set in a ruin and the motorboat sequence is fun, difficult and thrilling.)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Babe of the Year 1997 (for Lara Croft)
  • PSExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol.3, Iss.3) - Game of the Year
    • 1997 (Vol.3, Iss.3) - Best Exploration/Adventure Game of the Year
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Action-Adventure in 1997
Information also contributed by Big John WV

Related Web Sites

  • Stella's Tomb (Excellent Tomb Raider Fan Site. Here is the place to go for walkthroughs and some great Lara Croft art. You can even download the "Gold" add-on levels here *free* if you already own Tomb Raider 2.)
  • Tomb Raider Home (The Official Tomb Raider site)
  • Universal Hints for Tomb Raider 2 (If you're stuck in TR2, this is the place to go. These hints give you nudges before the final solution is revealed.)
  • Wikipedia: Tomb Raider II (Information about Tomb Raider II at Wikipedia)
robotriot (8630) added Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (Windows) on Nov 28, 1999
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