Tomb Raider I
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Adventurer Lara Croft has been hired to recover the pieces of an ancient artifact known as the Scion. With her fearless acrobatic style she runs, jumps, swims and climbs her way towards the truth of its origin and powers - leaving only a trail of empty tombs and gun-cartridges in her wake. On this trail are breath-taking 3D worlds where exploration, puzzle and platform elements blend in a seamless real-time environment...
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.