The Lost Artifact can be described as a "mini-sequel" to Tomb Raider III; comparable in function to earlier Gold releases of the first two games, it was, unlike those, released separately. Lara learns of the existence of a fifth meteorite piece called the Hand of Rathmore, located in a Scottish castle formerly owned by the evil late Dr. Willard. Lara must progress through it in a 3D platforming fashion in which precise jumps, crawls and climbs are required of the nimble character. Out to stop her are kilted clansmen and monsters, some prehistoric and some mutated. The game has six levels, each with hidden secrets to uncover, and take players eventually onto the coast of France.