“ Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Windows 98 / Windows Me / Windows XP / Windows 95 / Release Date: 2005-12-02 / Published by Sold Out Software „
This series of games introduced Lara Croft to the world, gave Angelina Jolie two film lead roles and put a female character in an Indiana Jones of world exploring ancient tombs and stealing treasures while getting caught up in larger plots. While killing things.
Lots of things. Endangered species. Dinosaurs. Snakes - it has to include snakes, after all, considering the genre.
You control Lara as she visits the isolated, weird and wonderful wild places of the world, finds where their secrets are kept and steal them while encountering the local wildlife - some very wild - and shooting them.
Which might sound a bit meh, until that first moment where you find yourself facing a very hungry T-Rex armed only with a shotgun, your wits and a range of acrobatic movements.
As this is the computer version of the game you will have to master lots of keyboard commands to make Lara run, jump, leap, grab, walk, shoot and put together sequences of moves to hide and dodge while shooting dangerous endangered species. But you learn quickly, helped by training levels which let you explore the 3D game world and how Lara works within it without anything trying to kill you, so that even complex sequences soon become second nature.
The two games in this box are self contained. You could play the second game, which has better graphics and more and better moves for Lara and her enemies, before you play the first. But that would be the option which would make you more disappointed by the original game than it deserves.
While these games graphics now seem dated the fun of playing the game itself remains strong.
It helps that you don't need a beast of a computer to play these games. They were made for Windows 95 and 98, so will run at speed on even the most modest modern computer. You also don't need a to be plugged into the net to play, so you could raid some tombs while travelling with the laptop.
You get two games full of challenge and fun for £2.99 in this box. I paid £29.99 for each game when they came out and am still enjoying them. You just get to play them now at a fraction of the price.