Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure is an interactive movie based on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Angel of Darkness. The game does not only feature the same story line as that game, it is entirely built around video footage of it. Therefore the player sees Lara from a third-person perspective like in other games in the series as she runs, jumps and climbs around the levels, but for most of the time there is no control over her movement. At certain times the video stops and the player gets to choose what Lara should do next.
The game is mainly controlled with the remote control's arrow buttons which are context sensitive depending on what Lara has around her. What each button does in a situation appears on the screen. It can for example say "jump", "climb stairs" and "open door". Some commands lead to progress through the game, while others lead to a Game Over screen. Some might be harder, but will make the player earn points, for example when choosing to explore when short on time. When enemies appear it is often possible to choose between shooting or doing a stealth attack. Some puzzle-solving exists as objects are picked up and then have to be used at the right location. In some situations a "play safe" option can be chosen. It is essentially a skip feature where Lara will automatically solve the problem.
Certain commands lead to action sequences. Most commonly these are quick time events and there are two types. One where a single button has to be pressed repeatedly and one where a correct sequence of buttons needs to pressed. Often these have a lime limit and if not completed in time it might lead to a Game Over. Sometimes the player is told to memorize the sequence of buttons and then has to enter them without seeing them. There are also some shooting sequences where the arrow buttons are used to move a crosshair over the screen. The enemy has to be shot before time runs out.
The game can be played in hot-seat multiplayer involving two teams taking turns playing the missions. The aim is then simply to earn the most points. Although it says teams, there is nothing in the game that requires more than one person playing.
The game is divided into three acts and each act comprises about eight levels, at the end of each level the player(s) receive a five digit pass code enabling them to restart from that point next time. When played as a multiplayer/team game both teams score points as they progress through the game but only the player/team that is the first to complete the level increases their score. If team one starts and completes the level they take all the points and team two starts the next level. However if team one starts a level and fails to complete, usually this means making the wrong choice and getting Lara killed, then team two gets the chance to pick up from that point and try to complete the level.