Tomb Raider: Chronicles

aka: TR 5, TRC, Tomb Raider 5: Chronicles, Tomb Raider Chronicles: La leggenda di Lara Croft, Tomb Raider V, Tomb Raider: Die Chronik, Tomb Raider: Sur les traces de Lara Croft
Moby ID: 2969
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A few days after the events described in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Lara Croft is presumed dead. Her close friends begin to recollect her previous adventures, which occurred during different periods of her life. These include searching for the Philosopher's Stone in Rome; preventing the Spear of Destiny from falling into the hands of a ruthless gang leader; facing monsters on the Black Isle of Ireland as a child; and, finally, infiltrating a high-tech complex in pursuit of the Iris artefact.

Like its predecessors, Tomb Raider: Chronicles is an action game with puzzle-solving and platforming elements. The gameplay is very similar to that of the previous games, with the addition of a few new skills. Lara can now walk on tightropes, swing on horizontal bars, and somersault forwards from a ledge while crouching. A grappling hook has been added to her inventory. The game also includes a level editor, allowing the player to create new stages for Lara to explore.

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  • Tomb Raider: Хроники - Russian spelling
  • Tomb Raider: מסע בזמן - Hebrew spelling
  • 古墓丽影:历代记 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 古墓奇兵5:回憶錄 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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  • All In The Game Ltd.
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Average score: 67% (based on 45 ratings)

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Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 117 ratings with 3 reviews)

Thankyou, Eidos for the fifth installment of top heavy totty...

The Good
The originality behind this game was shocking, due to the fact that Tomb Raiders 1, 2 & 3 all followed the same storyline really sets this one apart from the other 4. The idea of being able to play Lara's history (and uncertain future) makes this smooth, seamless game a delight to play. Lara's new acrobatic skills also come in handy.

The Bad
The limited number of levels and weapons made this game quite dissapointing, but still, it's Tomb Raider, and we should all be grateful. This game has a heart of gold, but sometimes the ease of killing Lara makes it a dust collector on my shelf.

The Bottom Line
An original game, keeping to the traditional "run, jump shoot" idea of Tomb Raider, with it's intriguing storyline that is dramatically different makes it a fun game to play.

PlayStation · by Fos (12) · 2002

Buggy unoriginal sequel

The Good
I liked the idea of making a sort of intermission between Lara's latest epic adventure and her next one. This game chronicles some of her most challenging adventures as told by her closest friends (and played by you) while in the Egyptian desert Von Croy searches for answers and for the body of the presumed dead Lara Croft, his arch enemy.

This installment is short and fast, and while the formula and the gameplay aren't very original I give the game this: it's not boring. Like all TR games, the fun is by default.

The game looks good. The graphics and models are nice. The movie sequences are incredibly well done. The missions and characters found have versatility. The game also has some of the toughest and most cleverly made TR levels ever with some cool creative ideas applied in the designs (specially in her latest mission).

The Bad
It's not very original, the engine is the same, the weapons are the same as in the previous games (well, it does have some new toy but it isn't much). Some levels are just too basic and lame.

But the worst part are the bugs. The PC version is known for having bugs that can make the game impossible to complete. In the last level (which is also the hardest) if you save your game in certain points some items and enemies may disappear or some events will not be triggered.

Some puzzles are very obscure (like in the previous game) and some key items are very well hidden. More than challenging, this game can be annoying and frustrating. I personally don't like to use walkthroughs, but the bugs and the stupid puzzles can make this game really difficult without one.

The Bottom Line
An uneven unoriginal sequel with some serious problems. Play it if you already played the previous games and if you are a fan of the series. I don't recommend it to newcomers.

Windows · by Czar Husk Qi (27) · 2008

Lara's fifth outing

The Good
Being the fifth game in the ever popular Tomb Raider seires, you'd have to think what new ideas Core Design has put in this one, it seems that this game takes all the ideas from Tomb Raiders 1-4 and puts them all together. The graphics are as good as ever and Lara looks more realistic than ever.

The Bad
Gamers these days are saying that Tomb Raider has ran out of steam, that the games are nothing more than to show off Lara Croft in all ther virtual beauty, sadly that's a bit true, though the last game tried to go back the the storyline roots of the first game, it seemed that there was nothing new to put in. I'm not saying that the Tomb Raider games are bad, it's just this one has nothing new to show off (apart from the abillity to walk on tightropes and some hand to hand combat)

The Bottom Line
Tomb Raider fans will want this, but gamers who have avoided the last four Tomb Raider games might get a bit stumped on the storyline of the game.

Windows · by Grant McLellan (584) · 2001

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Some releases came with a competition entry form (exactly, a product registration card) for a trip for two people to Rome to visit some locations explored in the game. Winners stayed for three nights at 4-star Hotel Quirinale, adjoined to the Opera House. One evening, you're invited to a Lara Croft photo shoot including a chance to have a photo taken with her. The trip was scheduled for early European summer of 2001. Alternatively a special offer with very limited places was made to general public at their own expense by contacting the provided telephone number.

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Game added by Kartanym.

PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. Macintosh added by Corn Popper. PS Vita added by GTramp. Dreamcast added by Adam Baratz. PlayStation added by Syed GJ.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Syed GJ, Quapil, tarmo888, Sciere, Alaka, Crawly, Garcia, Zeppin, Big John WV, Klaster_1, DreinIX, Paulus18950, Danfer.

Game added January 13, 2001. Last modified February 3, 2024.