Reviews for Tomb Raider I
A true (almost) timeless classiclconanl | Dec. 7, 2015 | See all lconanl's reviews »
The first Tomb Raider game, released in '96, was original, unique and immersive, and featured a (equipped) female as its protagonist - something fairly rare at the time. Despite being made by a team of a handful of people, Tomb Raider I remains one of the most influential games in history, starting a lengthy series of successful video-games. Like other reviewers have pointed out, the graphics haven't held up too well (even at the time they weren't anything special), the controls are hard to get into -but satisfying in the end- and some of the game's elements can be awkward at times -particularly the shooting and the camera angles. These points do no deter from the quality of Tomb Raider I - they perhaps strengthen it. It is the feeling of total isolation you get while exploring the ancient tombs, the cleverness of the puzzles, the quality of the level design and of the ambient soundtrack and the uniqueness of the gameplay that made Tomb Raider such a good game.I should not forget to mention that this game features a wide variety of animals and atlantean monsters to dispose of, a cliche villain who wants to take over the world, cutscenes, voice-acting and character models of not-so-amazing quality and a series of random locations to explore -I mean raid-: Peru, Greece, Egypt and some island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (also, I guess you could add Lara's house to that list if you want). If you're willing to get past some of this game's flaws -including its age if you care about that sort of thing-, then I encourage you to buy this game (actually you should buy the whole series - on a sale perhaps). You definitely won't regret it! (unless you're a tasteless CoD player of course, but if that were the case, what are you doing here reading this review that went for far longer than it should have?)
1996Obsessor | May 27, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
I barely started my gaming "career" by then. Tomb Raider was one of the first games I ever played. Back then it was brilliant. Beautiful. And hard. Lot's of puzzles, difficult enemies to beat. Jumps you had to perform perfectly, or watch Lara plunge into a chasm or ravine, and die. By now this game is a curiosity, and shoud be treated as such. A memoir, a bauble in one's collection. That's what it is for me now. I still have it, fortunately on a CD. It's a fine addition to one's collection.
Classic, still holds up.sycomantis1991 | May 26, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
The original Tomb Raider is somehow still the best one from the PS1 era. The controls are precise, the environments still look great, the action scenes are tense, and the story/world have a very epic feel. It takes some time getting used to the tank controls today, but that goes for many games of its time, and it still flows more smoothly than most.
An Okay game, good for nostalgiaLonM | April 28, 2015 | See all LonM's reviews »
TR:I, when you put it in the context of 1996 gaming, is okay. But if you only care about modern games [nothing to be ashamed of], you likely won't enjoy this game. I will do my best to review this game from the former point of view. Putting aside the ridiculously "top-heavy" player model for Lara Croft, the game's graphics are okay. A bit polygonal, but not bad overall. I had some issues with DOSbox misplacing renders of non-world objects [e.g. health packs being visible behind walls], but nothing to make it unplayable. The design of the levels is ok as well, but many of the jumping puzzles can end up being rather frustrating. This is because often the required key sequence will not always do what you intended [Trying to run and jump might cause a leap from a standing start, and vice versa]. However, the levels as a whole are generally rather extensive for the era, and there is usually a lot to explore. The game controls primarily with keyboard only, but it can be configured to use a gamepad. I would very seriously recommend not using a gamepad, as it felt very sluggish and unresponsive. The gameplay surrounding gunfights can be ridiculous at times, with both enemies and yourself soaking up bullets like sponges. The game does auto-aim, and doesn't require reloading, so you can run around the map shooting everything with no difficulty whatsoever. Beware bats though, if one gets on top of you and you get stuck in a corner, you're done for. To summarize, this game has flaws. It isn't completely terrible, so if you want to play this game for nostalgic purposes then go ahead, but otherwise don't bother.
Revolutionized 3D GamingAkiMatti | March 27, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
What this title did with 3D gaming was something new, something that had not been experienced before. Being able to climb and traverse and move the 3D obstacles in the environment made the environments feel much more "real" in a sense. Of course, by todays standards, the graphics and the environment look very blocky, but with thanks to good art direction and your imagination you will start to see it as the world it was meant to convey. The game really feels like "tomb raiding", exploring the caverns and secrets and caves long lost to men. The enemies are challenging especially when they come in packs. Controls are good enough even if using only the keyboard. I much prefer the old pixelated graphics but you can use a Glide wrapper to add some basic 3D effects like bilinear filtering to make it look smoother. Puzzles, traps, story and gameplay are all well polished here. Great nostalgia factor for those that played it back then, and good amount of fun still for the new generation wanting to see where we started from.
A game of legendGmen | Jan. 6, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Back in 1996, it was a gamble to produce a game with a female lead. But considering that most gamers are testosterone-driven hot blooded males, it’s no surprise that the game ended up being extremely popular. The graphics probably left a little to be desired compared to other games released that year, like Quake, and they haven't held up too well over the years either. Another thing that always bugged me is the awkward camera angles and the stubborn controls. But the gameplay at the time was revolutionary – it's more like a platformer title than a shooter – except in the third person. And unlike most other games back then, it also had full motion videos, animated cutscenes, and a soundtrack that although was barely noticeable throughout most of the game, wasn’t in MIDI format. It was pretty groundbreaking stuff, looking back. The game was considerably more challenging than most of its era and required a bit more intelligence that your average first person shooter, and is still one of the best in the series.
Where it all beganrjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
In Tomb Raider you have to work your way through various different tombs which consists of deadly enemies, difficult puzzles and traps and a varied amount of locations. The gameplay is very fun, the varied guns adds an element of player choice and the various enemies such as dogs and demon animals can turn a situation on its end and affect that way you play the game completely. The graphics, although outdated, are fine as the game is focused on the game play aspects and not the visuals. Sounds are also good and suitable.
Start of a Dynastyphool | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »
The original Tomb Raider will live in the hearts of many as one of the best games of all time. At the time of its release , Tomb Raider was ahead of the curve in many respects. Sublime graphics were the order of the day, and they looked even better when patched to take advantage of 3D acceleration! Having a heroine as the lead character was also a novelty at the time and Lara Croft has developed into one of the most recognisable gaming characters of all time. The third person gameplay which was reliant on puzzle-solving and traversing expansive environments was fairly unique. Part of the action was the thrill of narrowly avoiding booby-traps and death-defying leaps to reach your goal, however the real adrenaline pumping moments involved unsuspected attacks from animals of all shapes and sizes, including of course the famous T-Rex encounter. The soundtrack was sparse but somehow the game managed to pull-off having long segments without any music and those sections that did have music made the soundtrack even more memorable. Overall this is a highly recommended classic, and while it has become rather dated, I’d recommend anyone who hasn’t played this classic to do so and enjoy a piece of gaming history.
Classic AdventuringConorEngelb | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »
The Tomb Raider franchise defined the adventure game genre for a long time and, looking at this first game, it's easy to see why. A full 3D world, full of traps, puzzles and enemies, all of varying styles and difficulties. Unlike many games today, this game lasted a long time despite the lack of a free roam option.
A True ClassicOblaque | July 30, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
This has got to be one of the greatest games ever made, and it's made in the UK (where my parents are from!) :). Words cannot describe the unbelievable amazement that I felt the first time I played this game many many years ago. Everything from the graphics (which are still amazing to this day) to the combat and puzzles, I just can't get enough of it. Never gets old.
Absolute classic!MichalM | July 27, 2013 | See all MichalM's reviews »
Tomb Raider I when released it showed that games can be interesting and can actually make player involved into puzzles and secrets just to collect or complete chapters. Graphics, back then, was great, it showed another level of rendering, right now, it's okay you can get used to it but for some people it will be just an old game with hideous graphics, but not for me :) When you will buy and Install this installment, you better find a "mod" to get PSX version music because it's just better :)
Beginning of an epic franchiselok0812 | July 26, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
This is where the adventure begins for the Tomb Raider series. As its title described your mission is to raid various tombs that are infested with monsters and deadly traps. Each of these missions have varied sizes and make each exploration very enjoyable. The gameplay of the game is very simple, you transverse from one place to another through platforming and battles with your weapon arsenals. The graphic is of course outdated since this game was back in the 90s, which back in the days was very impressive. A must get if anyone enjoyed the Tomb Raider from 2013 and wished to know more story of Lara Croft.
EPIC GAME!Speed4Runs | July 26, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »
Technically almost perfect, Tomb Raider brings out a gameplay that people has never seen: competitive, funny, hard, and various. You will need to get medkits to get some health, you will need to manage your weapons ammos and kill a lot of enemies. It features a great plot that will not make you get bored. Great longevity, a thing that is really good, because a lot of games have the problem of being very short. Graphically, it's mind blowing: it has light effects and very good textures. (and it's a 1996 game!) The only (little) problem is the performance, which, sometimes, is a little bad: sometimes, the game reaches low FPS, but it's still playable (of course, I'm talking about old computers). Graphics and performance: 7.75 Simply amazing. Longevity: 6.75 This is a very long game! It features a lot of levels which are even LONG! Gameplay: 7.5 Innovative and very funny/hard. Plot: 7 VERY nice plot, with some twists. Sound: 8 Bear's sound always scared me. And the soundtracks will always be in my mind! AVG. SCORE: 7.4; I'll give it a bonus to be an innovative piece of art (+0.6) OVERALL SCORE: 80. Perfect. 100% recommended!
Epic first game :Dkalil | June 27, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
Technically almost perfect, Tomb Raider brings out a gameplay that has never seen: competitive, funny, hard, and various. You will need to get medkits to get some health, you will need to manage your weapons ammos and kill a lot of enemies. It features a great plot that will not make you bored. Great longevity, a thing that is really good, because a lot of games have the problem of being very short. Graphically, it's mind blowing: it has light effects and very good textures. The only (little) problem is the performance, which, sometimes, is a little bad: sometimes, the game reaches low FPS, but it's still playable
ClassicWinklers | May 31, 2013 | See all Winklers's reviews »
The first of a long running adventure series which set a standard at the time. The controls and graphics haven't kept up that well but it is still fun to play with tombs to explore, secrets to find, puzzles to solve and enemies to defeat. The story gives it a good direction and it still holds up as a classic.
The Revolution of 3D adventure gamesabelfs | Feb. 19, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »
This ambitious game brought the revolution of the 3rd person adventure games. It is an action-adventure game with a survival and realistic component.The variety of actions are breathtaking for a game of its age. It's a timeless classic full to the brim with atmosphere, mystery, great music and fantastic (if now dated) visuals. Many people would say that the controls are frustating, but that is the basis of its high difficulty. No pain no gain.
One of the best Tomb RaiderCavalieroscuro | Feb. 19, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »
The first Tomb Raider was a little masterpiece: various "tombs" to explore, finding ancient artifacts. Hard enemies and a nice plot make you want to play this game. Levels are huge and you can easily lost yourself into them, but this is still an interesting title, much better then the Crystal Dynamic games.