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A shattered visage Ashley Pomeroy (233) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Lara Croft, we hardly knew ye... Ludicrous Gibs! (40) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Say what you want of Lara, but this first game was an incredible experience. Zovni (10629) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The original - the best? jamyskis (337) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A classic you either love or hate. Tomer Gabel (4640) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A 3D adventure unlike anything before it Katakis | カタキス (42143) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Bad, simply bad Kate Jones (480) 0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars
Great Game, Lots of action and adventure. Jim Fun (243) unrated

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Overall User Score (78 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Techtite (2000)
Anyway, as for the game per se: The storyline involved Lara being paid by a mysterious company, to search ancient temples for artifact pieces. What these pieces create when combined --and why your employer wants it so bad-- is part of the mystery. As for the game; it was totally cool! Each level was gigantic, well mapped, and seemed to last for hours on end. There were even more than a few inspired puzzles, including a Lara Croft "doppelganger" that imitated her every move; what's worse, shooting this copycat Lara only caused damage to Lara herself! The solution to this puzzle was was the game as a whole.
Electric Playground (Feb 18, 1997)
Tomb Raider on the other hand has the AI on the monsters, is not nearly as repetitive, and has a realism that is unmatched. This is going to come down to personal preference. For myself, the distinction came once I was finished the game. I haven't touched Mario 64 once I finally found all 120 Stars, but with Tomb Raider I jumped right back in for a second run after reaching the end. Either way, I am anxiously awaiting the sequels.
When it was released, Tomb Raider broke new ground in the third-person arena, and it continues to do so today. If puzzles and exploration are up your alley, I strongly recommend that you go out and get this game as soon as you can (although I think I was the last person left on the face of the earth who hadn't already played this game). As far as "game for the dollar" goes, Tomb Raider is tops.
You could make an argument that the underrated Fade to Black blazed this trail almost two years ago, and it's not hard to wish that someone would actually throw a compelling story in the mix, but neither of those things keep Tomb Raider from being anything but an unqualified success. Without the lure of multiplayer compensating for sloppy or uninspired design, it focuses on what has always made games great - gameplay that delivers a roller-coaster ride of thrills, spills and chills.
Game Revolution (Jun 05, 1996)
Overall, Tomb Raider is a fantastic adventure with non-stop action and puzzles. I think that it's one of the reasons why games even exist. It's my favorite game to date and I'm sure you'll agree when you see it. Run out and buy a copy NOW! You will love it! And if you know any secrets, write me by clicking on my byline. I'd love to hear how to get to ALL of the secret areas in the game.
Incredible! If you buy only one game this month, make it Tomb Raider! You won't be disappointed. It's one of the BEST games this year has brought us, and it changes the way we play adventure games. Tomb Raider takes the classic premise of an adventure game and melds with the best elements of a fast-paced action game. Take into consideration the fact it's got support for the hottest 3D accelerators currently available, and it's one of the hottest looking games as well! And the savegame feature allows you to save the game ANYWHERE, at ANYTIME. That's where the PC version of this game blows away the PSX version, aside from the 3Dfx & coming Rendition support.;)
Retro Archives (Jun 15, 2021)
Parfois, un jeu débarque, vise juste à tous les niveaux et met tout le monde d'accord. Loin d'un simple succédané d'Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider est la première véritable aventure à la Prince of Persia en 3D mêlant exploration, énigmes, combats et habileté. Et quelle claque! Entre un level design tirant magnifiquement parti de la troisième dimension et touchant parfois au génie et surtout une ambiance pratiquement indépassable, le titre de Core Design parvient à nous faire devenir l'aventurier - ou plutôt, l'aventurière - qu'on avait tous rêvé d'être en regardant les aventures de l'archéologue imaginé par Steven Spielberg et Georges Lucas. Perdu des kilomètres sous terre, dans des cités oubliées, à chercher des artefacts interdits en réveillant des créatures anciennes, on se laisse emporter pour une quinzaine d'heures dans une épopée comme on en a peu vécues depuis lors. Un vrai bijou que chaque joueur devrait prendre le temps de découvrir.
PC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
As I keep saying, Tomb Raider is superb. It really has got 'something for everyone'. Arcade fans will love the exceptional platform-style gameplay (and the trigger-happy combat). Puzzle freaks will love the mazes and problems. Adventure addicts will love the exploration and slowly-unravelled storyline. All three will love the ever-present element of surprise. Cybertwats will love the standard-setting visuals. Female players will love Lara. Male players will love Lara more, for foul and dirty reasons. And last but not least, the accountants at Eidos will love it because it'll no doubt set tills nationwide ringing like a red alert in a bell factory. It deserves no less. It's an instant classic. Try it. You'll like it. I loved it.
Tomb Raider er det mest nytænkende spil i lang tid, og man sidder totalt fanget af den intense atmosfære, spilverdenen skaber. Tomb Raider er bare for fedt!
Gamezilla (Dec 03, 2000)
This game rocks. Not only does it redefine gender roles, it is a game you will truly remember. I found it refreshing and stunning, and it brings fresh blood to a game style that has been flooded with duplicates and look-alike sequels. This is a game that will appeal to most any gamer, especially those that are interested in 3D games, but have found them too brainless or violent. Tomb Raider is a game with an attitude, and I like it. I give it a 93 out of 100, and hope to see more quality groundbreakers from Eidos in the future.
When you take a look at all the action games available, you will remark that despite all the differences that exist between them, they all have the same common point, the hero's gender. Since the early stages of the video games industry, the main character of action games has always been a male. From the old titles of Pitfall and Prince of Persia to the more recent games such as Fade to Black and Time Commando, you untiringly take the role of a male adventurer, and with nine out of ten players being male, it is surely not easy to bend the balance in the other direction. There is one title though that could change all this, and this game is Tomb Raider.
Tomb Raider, despite some minor flaws graphically and in the Sound FX, is an excellent game. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some 3D action with a little bit of puzzle-solving and hand-eye coordination thrown in. This is one I purchased for myself and I don’t regret the purchase. Coming from someone who buys very few PC games, that says a lot.
Edge (Nov 22, 1996)
Given its 15 gigantic levels and sheer richness and variety of gameplay, Tomb Raider is an exceptional game, and one that is better than anything Core has ever released by a large margin. Take out a few graphical glitches and add a touch more action and it would be a nigh-on perfect creation, but as an epic-scale adventure in its own right it is never anything less than totally captivating.
Ich höre jetzt lieber auf, diese Kritik zu schreiben, und spiele noch ein bißchen. Das Spiel sieht im hochauflösenden Modus fantastisch aus, und selbst in niedriger Auflösung ist es stark. Das ist ein Spiel, das Du Dir auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen solltest. Ich habe es jedenfalls nicht getan.
90 (Aug 03, 2009)
"Aventure" est le terme qui vient à l'esprit quand on parle de Tomb Raider. Le titre constitue une épopée magique merveilleusement orchestrée. Ce premier né d'une longue série peut se targuer d'avoir créé un style de jeu à part entière. Fort de son succès, Lara connaîtra de nouvelles péripéties aussi bien sur nos machines favorites que sur grand écran.
Meristation (Mar 20, 1997)
Tomb Raider es simplemente increible, es de lo mejorcito en 3D desde Quake.Lara Croft es uno de los personajes más reales que jamas ha aparecido en un juego de ordenador. La manera de moverse, escalar, nadar... tiene un look realmente autentico. Aparte del perfecto movimiento en 3D, Lara se gana el protagonismo dentro de la pantalla.Cuando la veas pelearse con un oso, o moviendo piedras, que parecen material en bruto de las pirámides, empezarás a darte cuenta que Lara podria pelearse con el tipo de Duke Nukem manteniendo el tipo muy alto.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 02, 1996)
Alhoewel Tomb Raider ook wel enige puzzel- en zoekelementen bevat, blijft het in de eerste plaats een shoot 'em up. Als je daar een grondige hekel aan hebt, zal zelfs Tomb Raider je niet kunnen overtuigen. Voor alle andere spelliefhebbers: You will love Lara Croft!
PC Games (Germany) (Dec, 1996)
Der Versuch, dieses Spiel mit anderen modernen Vertretern des 3D-Action-Genres zu vergleichen, kommt einer Quadratur des Kreises nahe. Von gelegentlichen Clipping-Fehlern abgesehen, besitzt Tomb Raider zwar alle technischen Vorzüge, die man von einem bekannten id-Spiel gewohnt ist. Allerdings setzt Tomb Raider die Meßlatte in fast allen Belangen ein Stückchen höher.
PC Joker (Dec, 1996)
Kurz und sehr gut, Tomb Raider ist eine vollauf gelungene Schatzsuche, die durchdachtes Gameplay mit einem gefälligen Schwierigkeitsgrad und einer sagenhaften 3D-Optik kombiniert. Anders gesagt: ein Actionadventure, wie man es sich zum Weihnachtsfest kaum schöner wünschen könnte!
Ich möchte Core Design ja kein Kalkül unterstellen, aber sich eine solch adrette Powerfrau mit Indy Jones-Versatzstücken als Hauptcharakter für ein PC-Spiel auszudenken, ist zumindest clever. Immerhin ist knapp 90% der Zielgruppe männlich. Doch Tomb Raider hat viel mehr zu bieten als auf solche Verführungskünste bauen zu müssen. Es ist die genau abgestimmte Mischung aus Rätsel- und Actioneinlagen, die dazu motiviert, immer noch einen Level dranzuhängen. Außerdem macht es einfach verdammt Spaß, die riesigen Levels zu erkunden oder auch einfach nur herumzutollen. Für mich ist Tomb Raider das bisher innovativste Spiel des Jahres. Unter dem Strich beeinträchtigen auch die technischen Kritikpunkte den auftretenden Spielspaß nur marginal. Und um den geht es ja schließlich.
Power Play (Dec, 1996)
Lara Croft ist für mich ganz klar die Frau des Jahres. Was sie in den riesigen, dabei höchst selten langatmigen Abschnitten alles erlebt, stellt 99% der sonstigen 3D-Spiele weit in den Schatten. Nie zuvor wurde dreidimensionale Grafik so direkt ins Spieldesign eingebunden. Die verschiedenen Elemente vom Plattform-Gehopse bis hin zu äußerst verzwickt versteckten Schaltern und Türen verschmelzen dabei zu einem homogenen Konglomerat, das extrem fesselt und trotz der wenigen Feinde für ständige Hochspannung sorgt. Daß Frollein Croft die Strapazen dennoch relativ streßfrei übersteht, ist ein Verdienst der sauber durchdachten Tastatursteuerung und intelligenten Kameraführung. Hätten die Engländer noch an das eine oder andere komplexe Puzzle und eine weniger Clippingfehler verursachende Polygontechnik gedacht, stünde einer 90er-Wertung nichts im Wege.
Tomb Raider har været længe undervejs. Lækre Lara sælger spillet godt, men hun er mere end bare pixels. Tomb Raider er flot og spændende, og efter installationen vil du gennemføre det. Køb det før din nabo.
GameSpot (Nov 26, 1996)
Tomb Raider is the exploratory game you always wished you were playing when you were trying to solve Atari Raiders of the Lost Ark.The variety of jumping and grabbing actions, the huge, sometimes vertigo-inducing worlds, and the smooth 3D graphics found in Tomb Raider are reminiscent of Mario 64, though the game's violent overtones and spooky ambiance definitely set it apart from the older title.
Génération 4 (Nov, 1996)
Tomb Raider est l'un des incontournables de cette fin d'année et peut-être même de l'année prochaine, le temps que les éditeurs tiers se remettent du choc et que Core Design se décide à nous pondre une suite !
This is the prettiest version to look at, and is amazing in the high-res mode (though you'll need a fast processor). Also the keyboard offers much more precise control than the consoles' joy pads. One minor flaw is a slight pause whenever Lara enters a new room. This is still a great game, and comes highly recommended even if it is slightly easier than the console versions.
It may sound as if I'm down on the game. I'm not. TOMB RAIDER's appeal is substantial, and it endures. If I hadn't enjoyed it so much, I wouldn't care so much about the fine points. When a game's short walk from real greatness – and TOMB RAIDER is tottering on the brink – its few miscues are that much more noticeable. With a touch more polish, this would be Hall of Fame material. I expect no less from TOMB RAIDER II.
High Score (Feb, 1997)
Tomb Raider är ett av de roligaste äventyrsspelen på länge - alltså något att äga.
Außerdem reicht es nicht, dem Spieler große Gebiete vorzusetzen, die dieser einfach zeitraubend durchlaufen muß. Mehr unterschiedliche Ereignisse, ein paar zusätzliche Gegner und andere Extras als Auflockerung, dann würde die Grabräuberei sicher einen Spitzenplatz im Olymp der Computerspiele erreichen. Aber auch im Anbetracht aller Kritik ist Tomb Raider weit mehr als nur einen prüfenden Blick mehr. Mein Tip: Anspielen!
From time to time there is a game that, while not being the first of its kind, successes as a pioneer of a new genre and become the reference against which all future games alike are measured. An example of such a game is Tomb Raider. Since the original title, the series has spawned many sequels (not counting the Gold versions) and crossed multiple gaming platforms to be among the most popular game franchise in history. It is in the original Tomb Raider that we first meet our heroine, whose fascination has since grown far beyond the boundaries of a computer or a console. What is her name? Her name is Lara Croft.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
Im ersten Tomb Raider Abenteuer trifft sich Lara mit Jacqueline Natla in einem tibetanischen Pub, kurz nachdem sie von einer Jagd am Himalaja zurückkehrte. Von ihr erfährt sie von der Existenz dreier Artefakte die angeblich direkt aus dem verschollenen Atlantis stammen sollen. Nach letzten Berichten zufolge befinden sich die Einzelteile auf der ganzen Welt verstreut. Da kann die eingefleischte Abenteurerin Lara natürlich nicht widerstehen und sie beschließt den Auftrag anzunehmen.
70 (Dec 24, 2003)
Il y a des personnages qui, sans que vous sachiez réellement pourquoi, vous attirent. C’est plus fort que vous. Une sorte d’attraction animale, un magnétisme originel. Indubitablement, l’héroïne de Tomb Raider aura marqué la fin de la domination phallocrate sur nos beaux ordinateurs. Depuis que mademoiselle Croft a fait son apparition, le monde du jeu vidéo a changé. Les hard core gamers se découvrent une copine à quelques mètres d’eux et réfléchissent à deux fois avant de recommencer une partie lorsqu’une voix féminine venue du fond de la pièce leur murmure « tu viens te coucher, dis ? ». En bref, Lara Croft est le premier sex symbol virtuel du monde du jeu vidéo.
The Retro Spirit (Dec 17, 2007)
Den erkebritiske Lara Croft med en forkjærlighet for ruiner og eldgamle gjenstander står tilbake som et bra eksempel på spillbarhet og action såvel som et interessant, men til tider frustrende, gateorientert spill. Kontrollene sitter godt og stemmer overrens med karakterens respektive bevegelser og menyene er selvforklarende. En kanskje litt upolert actionopplevelse mange unge digget vilt på midten av 90-tallet og er idag er grei nostalgisk tur tilbake til serien som idag (per skrivende stund) har 24 forskjellige utgivelser bak seg.