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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 PlayStation Title screen.
Tomb Raider II PlayStation Lara rides a boat.
Tomb Raider II PlayStation Indiana Jones style.
Tomb Raider II PlayStation Two guns vs baseball bat

Promo Images

Tomb Raider II Screenshot
Tomb Raider II Logo
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Tomb Raider II Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵 II" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "古墓丽影2" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Tomb Raider II: The Dagger of Xian" -- Informal fan name
  • "Tomb Raider II: Starring Lara Croft" -- Tag-line title
  • "Tomb Raider II: Il Pugnale di Xian" -- Italian title
  • "Tomb Raider II: Estrelando Lara Croft" -- Brazilian title
  • "Tomb Raider 2" -- German "Computer Bild Spiele" magazine title

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the PlayStation release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
Absolute Playstation Nov, 1997 95 out of 100 95
NowGamer Nov 01, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
Quebec Gamers Jul 04, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Dec, 1997 B+ 83
Bravo Screenfun Jun, 1999 2 out of 6 80
IGN Nov 24, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History May 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Sep 16, 2014 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Jan 20, 1998 5.7 out of 10 57


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Entry name 4 Rwolf (18276)
Mar 04, 2017
What is the best Tomb Raider? 8 St. Martyne (3649)
Oct 01, 2011
Even Ebay uses our screenshots ! 6 festershinetop (9633)
Oct 30, 2008


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)
Grant McLellan (622) added Tomb Raider II (PlayStation) on Apr 04, 2001
Other platforms contributed by GTramp (67569), Foxhack (30898), robotriot (9068) and Jeanne (76328)