Series Focus: Tomb Raider Games Available on the App Store
Today marks the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 respectively. The second game in Tomb Raider’s rebooted series (the first was released in 2013); this marks the return of Lara Croft as we further explore her origin story and beyond.
Ms. Croft made her début in 1996’s Tomb Raider on the Sega Saturn and Playstation. The series has since developed into a successful franchise with Lara becoming a major icon in the virtual gaming world. She was even rewarded a Guinness World Record title; recognising her as the ‘Most Successful Human Virtual Game Heroine’ in 2006.
To commemorate the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Apple Service Centre shares five Tomb Raider games that are available to download and play from the App Store.
Go back to where it all began with the first game from the Tomb Raider series. Available for your iPad and iPhone, Tomb Raider has not been re-mastered or edited in any way. This allows you to experience the game in its true original form, as it was when it was originally released on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. For those of you who have played this previously, take a nostalgia trip for only 99p. It’s also the perfect place for newbies to the series to begin. Take a trip through the lost city of Atlantis, explore the ancient ruins of Greece or discover the secrets lurking in the pyramids of Egypt.
This version also includes two extra chapters that were included in the games’ 1998 re-release.
Tomb Raider II
Take a trip back to the 90’s once again with the Tomb Raider II. The sequel to the hugely successful first game, the iOS version once again has not been altered in any way from the original, so you will experience the same graphics, cut-scenes and gameplay.
This time around, join Lara in her quest for the Dagger of Xian. Of course, things aren’t plain sailing for the acrobatic archaeologist-Warrior Monks and crazed cult members plot against her as she travels from the mountain peaks of Tibet, the canals of Venice and the bottom of the sea. Tomb Raider II often tops polls as the greatest Tomb Raider game, so this one is definitely worth a play. Pick it up from the App store for £1.49.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Originally released on home consoles, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has now been fully updated and optimised for the iPad and iPhone. This game brings together fast-paced action and adventure straight to your device. Choose to play on either single player or co-op modes.
In Guardian of Light, you will join Lara as she ventures deep into the jungles of central America in search of the Mirror of Smoke, an artefact that lets whom who wields it hold the future of humanity in their hands, as well as offering the power to rid the world of light. Lara only has until sunrise to defeat Xoloti, the God of Darkness who possesses the Mirror of Smoke, before the world is plunged into darkness.
This is a fantastic dual stick shooter, as well as being a great co-operative experience on an iPhone or iPad device.
The Tomb Raider series takes its own crack at the popular run, dodge and jump fame made popular by Temple Run. Play as Lara as you run, swing, dive and shoot your way through beautiful and increasingly challenging environments. This app is updated on a regular basis with brand new locations, items and costumes, ensuring you’ve been given a truly rich and enjoyable experience.
Relic Run is free to download, with optional in-app purchases available in the games Store page.
Lara Croft GO
Lara Croft GO reinvents the Tomb Raider series into an innovative turn-based puzzler that remains faithful to Lara’s previous games. Moving step-by-step, avoid deadly traps, eliminate enemies and solve puzzles as you traverse through jungle inspired landscapes. Containing an excellent mix of beautiful art and graphics with a challenging yet addictive gameplay, this one is worth downloading if you’re looking for something that will get you using your brain a little bit.
Lara Croft GO can be purchased from the App store for £3.99. Also look out for Hitman GO, the predecessor in this format that is based on the popular Hitman games.