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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider with a technically more advanced graphics engine. It has the same basic storyline, though some cutscenes and much of the dialogue within have been expanded or modified in other ways. Locations correspond to those of the original version and are accessed in the same order, but have been re-designed with different layouts and mostly completely different puzzles which allow implementation of new moves introduced in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend: swinging on ropes and using a grappling hook at specific points.

Puzzles are generally more focused on acrobatics in this version, ledges being much more prominently featured as a level design element, requiring combinations of jumping and shimmying across them to access areas. This type of gameplay replaces the key-retrieval and block-pushing puzzles of the original almost entirely. Combat is similar to that of the first game, though the player must now manually activate targeting. Some boss fights have been made a separate enclosed stage rather than being part of the exploration as in the original version. These fights may have puzzle-solving elements and often require the player to use Lara's new "adrenaline dodge" ability, which slightly slows down time when the opponent charges at her while in an "enraged" state. Some cutscenes require the player to participate in quick-time events.

The version released for the Wii incorporates motion controls and also features some puzzles exclusive to that platform.


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Windows Crevices, crevices... But why have you deprived us of our free surface climbing skills?
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Windows Video-message from Pierre Dupont with St. Francis's folly in background (in Russian)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Windows Solving a water puzzle in the Poseidon Room.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Windows You're still using your hook to physically interact with the environment.

Promo Images

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Concept Art
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Other
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Render
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary Concept Art


Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:重返禁地" -- Traditional Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

Great remake of a classic, perfectly capturing the essence of Tomb Raider. Windows Donatello (463)
Ooo, I'm scared and tense! I remember those feelings now. Windows Richard Kaplan (15)
A true classic remake Windows IKNOWPCGAMES81 (6)
Back in 1997, you must have been playing this game! Windows St. Martyne (3649)
Anniversary captures the essence of the original Tomb Raider, but falls short with unnecessary arcade elements that break up the pace Wii john perkins (13)

Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 Jul 05, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Defunct Games Xbox 360 Dec 11, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Good Game PlayStation 2 Jun 19, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GamingExcellence Xbox 360 Feb 20, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79 PSP Dec 16, 2007 78 out of 100 78
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Oct 26, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
GameSpot Wii Nov 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy PSP Aug 31, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Dec 22, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Games TM PlayStation 2 Apr, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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Audio commentary

There's a unlockable commentary track by Toby Gard and Jason Botta in which they not only talk about the making of the remake but also about the original Tomb Raider. It's also possible to unlock the Lara model from the original Tomb Raider and play with her.

Core Design version

A different version of the game was under development by Core Design, the developers of the older Tomb Raider games, but Eidos called Crystal Dynamics to do it simultaneously. Core Design's version was ultimately scrapped completely.


As it already happened in Legend, once again the folks at Crystal Dynamics take a chance to tip their hat to their own Legacy of Kain series: if you find level 12's relic (The Great Pyramid) you'll unlock the wetsuit Lara wore back in Tomb Raider II, only this time it has a b&w logo on the chest. You might recognize this logo as Raziel's clan symbol.

Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze

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