Tomb Raider Retrospective - History of Tomb Raider





The interactive transcript could not be loaded.



Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Apr 5, 2012

Watch our new interview with the creators of the newest Tomb Raider game!!

We all know Lara Croft as the main character in the Tomb Raider series. She was a phenomenon when she stood up against the rule of masculine protagonists like Duke Nukem and Super Mario. In this video we Zoomin on the history of Tomb Raider.

Can you believe they wanted a male Indiana Jones like character for Tomb Raider at first? Sony didn't even want the game on the still to be released Playstation. Of course they ended up making Lara Croft the main hero in Tomb Raider. The game was released in 1996 on Playstation, pc and Sega Saturn.

This treasure hunting adventure girl even killed a T-rex in the process. The ever so sexy Lara Croft has not always been the smooth and curvy lady she is today. Back in the day she was really blocky, her breasts could poke your eyes out. Tomb Raider combined action with adventure. And for the first time cut scenes were an important part of the game.

One year later Tomb Raider 2 was launched, adding more detail to the environment and to Lara Croft. Lara became less blocky and she visited more locations around the world.

In 1998 the Tomb Raider series showed its first signs of decline. Tomb Raider 3 once again brought Lara to the same type of environments gamers had seen before. Was Tomb Raider getting old? Maybe, but selling 6.5 million copies worldwide, there wasn't any reason to complain.

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation was the fourth and the last game in the series made for pc and Playstation. It was released in 1999 and sold more then 5 million copies worldwide.

One year later the worst sold Tomb Raider up till that time was launched. Tomb Raider Chronicles practically retold the stories of Lara's previous adventures. The game introduced bar swinging, but meant the end of Lara as we knew her. It sold merely 1.5 million copies...

In the time that followed several companies bought a license to make portable Tomb Raider games.

Years of work making Lara Croft look more natural were undone by Gameboy Color and a Gameboy Advance games in the Tomb Raider series.

Luckily Tomb Raider had become a phenomenon. Even non gamers knew about the adventures of Lara Croft. Hollywood picked up on the hype, putting Angelina Jolie in the tight outfits of Lara Croft. The first Tomb Raider movie was released in 2001 followed by Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003.

In the same year the second movie was released, the game series finally made a comeback on a new generation of consoles. The Playstation 2 had launched and Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness made the sexy adventurer more sinister. Instead of exploring caves and ancient ruins, Lara was climbing and sneaking in a city environment.

For the first time the series introduced a role playing game element. Gamers needed to upgrade the abilities of Lara to be able to progress in the game.

Even though it still sold 2.5 million copies many people hated the game. Angel of darkness surely is the symbol for the darker years in the Tomb Raider franchise.

Publisher Eidos said goodbye to Core Design and signed game studio Crystal Dynamics to create the next game in the series.

In 2006 the legendary female hero made her comeback in Tomb Raider: Legend. Lara made her first appearance on a number of consoles, including Nintendo DS, Gamecube and both Xbox consoles. It would turn out to be the most successful game in the franchise since The Last Revelations, selling 4.5 million copies worldwide.

Legend introduced quick time events, a game feature that was quite popular at that time.

Thanks to the next generation Xbox 360 Lara Croft looked stunning... not only in her adventurer outfit but also in her sexy black dress.

With a new game studio and a new generation of consoles the series was back in business. Not only was Tomb Raider: Legend a good revival, it also meant it had been ten years since the first game in the series launched.

Something that was celebrated with Tomb Raider: Anniversary. The game was praised by critics as a well done revival of the old dinosaur hunting version of Lara Croft.

Commercially, however, it underperformed. With 1.5 million copies sold it became the worst selling Tomb Raider game of all time.

If you leave the Gameboy games out of the equation of course.


When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...