List of Tomb Raider media

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Tomb Raider is a media franchise consisting of action-adventure games, comic books, novels, theme park rides, and movies, centring around the adventures of the female fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft. Since the release of the original Tomb Raider in 1996, the series developed into a lucrative franchise of related media, and Lara went on to become a major icon of the video game industry. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognised Lara Croft as the "Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine" in 2006. Six games in the series were developed by Core Design, and the latest three by Crystal Dynamics. All the games were first published by Eidos Interactive, now Eidos officially became part of Square Enix on 22 April 2009, meaning Square Enix owns the rights to the Tomb Raider trademark and characters of the franchise.[1] To date two movies, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, have been produced starring American actress Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

The Tomb Raider video games have together sold over 35 million units,[2][3] making it one of the best-selling video game series of all time.[4] Future Tomb Raider games will be published by Square Enix.[5]

Overview[edit]

Year Title Developer Platform(s) Era
Console Computer Handheld Mobile
1996 Tomb Raider Core Design PS1, Sega Saturn Windows, MS-DOS, Mac OS N-Gage iOS First
1997 Tomb Raider II PS1 Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X
1998 Tomb Raider III PS1 Windows, Mac OS
1999 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation PS1, Dreamcast Windows, Mac OS
2000 Tomb Raider GBC
Tomb Raider Chronicles PS1, Dreamcast Windows, Mac OS
2001 Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword GBC
2002 Tomb Raider: The Prophecy GBA
2003 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness PS2 Windows, Mac OS X
2006 Tomb Raider: Legend Crystal Dynamics PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360,
GameCube
Windows PSP, GBA, DS Java ME Second
2007 Tomb Raider: Anniversary PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii Windows, Mac OS X PSP
2008 Tomb Raider: Underworld PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii Windows, Mac OS X DS Java ME
2010 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PS3, Xbox 360 Windows iOS, Android
2013 Tomb Raider PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Windows, Mac OS X Third
2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 Windows
TBA Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PS4, Xbox One Windows

Video games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA 15 November 1996
  • EU 22 November 1996
Release years by system:
1996 - Sega Saturn, MS-DOS, PlayStation, N-Gage, Pocket PC
1998 - Mac OS (as Tomb Raider Gold)
2009 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
2013 - iOS
Notes:
  • Charts: US-No.1, UK-No.1
  • An expansion pack called Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business (known as Shadow of the Cat in North America) was released in 1998 on Windows and Mac



Original release date(s):
  • NA 18 November 1997
  • EU 19 November 1997
Release years by system:
1997 - PlayStation, Windows
1998 - Mac OS
2009 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • NA 21 November 1998
  • EU December 1998
Release years by system:
1998 - PlayStation, Windows
1999 - Mac OS
2009 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP 19 July 2000
  • NA 22 November 1999
  • EU November 1999
Release years by system:
1999 - PlayStation, Windows
2000 - Dreamcast, Mac OS
2009 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • NA November 2000
Release years by system:
2000 - Dreamcast, Windows, PlayStation
2011 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
Notes:
  • Charts: US-No.16, UK-No.10
  • In late 2000, Eidos released the Tomb Raider Level Editor (The Windows version features a disc with the Tomb Raider Editor).



Original release date(s):
  • NA 20 June 2003
Release years by system:
2003 - PlayStation 2, Windows, Mac OS
Notes:
  • Charts: US-No.27, UK-No.2[6]



Original release date(s):
  • NA 11 April 2006
  • EU 7 April 2006
Release years by system:
2006 - PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows, PSP, GCN
2011 - PlayStation 3
Notes:
  • Charts: US,-No.2, UK-No.1, EU-No.2

There are also some other versions based on the game:

  • Tomb Raider: Legend (2006) - a 2D version for the Game Boy Advance
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (2006) - a 2.5D version for the Nintendo DS
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (2006) - ExEn/Java



Original release date(s):
  • JP 27 March 2008
  • NA 5 June 2007
  • EU 1 June 2007
    Release years by system:
    2007 - PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii
    2008 - Mac OS X
    2011 - PlayStation 3
    Notes:
    • 10th Anniversary Edition remake of the original Tomb Raider.[7]



    Original release date(s):
    • NA 18 November 2008
    • EU 21 November 2008
    • AUS 5 December 2008
    Release years by system:
    2008 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS
    2009 - PlayStation 2
    2012 - Mac OS X
    Notes:
    • Charts: US-No.19, UK-No.1, EU-No.15

    There are also two more downloadable levels:

    • Beneath the Ashes - released on 24 February 2009 as a downloadable content for Xbox 360
    • Lara's Shadow - released on 10 March 2009 as a downloadable content for Xbox 360



    Original release date(s):
    • WW 5 March 2013
    Release years by system:
    2013 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows
    2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS X
    Notes:

    Reboot of the franchise[8] 

    • Charts: US-No.1, UK-No.1



    Original release date(s):
    • WW 2015
    Release years by system:
    2015 - Xbox One, TBA
    Notes:

    Sequel to the 2013 Reboot


    Other games[edit]

    These games are not part of the main series as they are either handheld, mobile or spin-off games.

    Year Title Platform
    2000 Tomb Raider Game Boy Color
    2001 Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword
    2002 Tomb Raider: The Prophecy Game Boy Advance
    2003 Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex Java ME
    2004 Tomb Raider: Quest for Cinnabar
    Tomb Raider: Elixir of Life
    2006 Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox
    2010 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PlayStation Network (PS3), Xbox Games Store (Xbox 360), Steam (Windows), iOS
    2013 Lara Croft: Reflections iOS[9]
    TBA Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PlayStation Network (PS4), Xbox Games Store (Xbox One), Steam (Windows)

    The Tomb Raider Trilogy[edit]

    The Tomb Raider Trilogy is a collection of the three second era Tomb Raider games: Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld. It was released on 22 March 2011 in North America and 25 March 2011 in Europe exclusively on PlayStation 3 as part of the Classics HD line.[10] The games were originally developed by Crystal Dynamics, in association with Buzz Monkey Software and Nixxes Software BV, and were ported to the PS3 by Buzz Monkey Software.[11]

    The collection includes the PlayStation 2 versions of Legend and Anniversary remastered in high definition plus Underworld, which was previously released on the PS3 in 2008, all on one Blu-ray Disc. Also included is PlayStation Network Trophy support, bonus Lara Croft and Viking Thrall avatars for use in PlayStation Home, a theme pack for the XrossMediaBar and making-of videos.[12][13]

    The two downloadable episodes available for the Xbox 360 version of Underworld are not included, and Crystal Dynamics has no current plans to make them available on PS3. The Angel of Darkness, the first Tomb Raider game to be released on the PS2, is also not included in the collection as it was developed by Core Design rather than Crystal Dynamics and has no relation to the story told in Legend, Anniversary and Underworld.

    Level Editor[edit]

    The Tomb Raider Level Editor, Room Editor, is a tool released by Eidos Interactive with the video game Tomb Raider Chronicles in late 2000. Later, it was made available free to download from the Internet. Since then it has enabled players to design new levels of their own, set in locations from the original games or in new locations.

    The Action Adventure[edit]

    An interactive DVD was released by Bright Entertainment under license from Eidos in 2006, called Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure. The game takes advantage of standard DVD player audiovisual capabilities, and the remote control. It has puzzles and action elements, while the story is based on The Angel of Darkness.

    Films[edit]

    Soundtracks[edit]

    There have been four releases of Tomb Raider film soundtracks, two for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and another two for The Cradle of Life, each a Various artists soundtrack compilation and an original score.[14][15][16][17]

    However, to date it is only the 2013 reboot that has seen a soundtrack released and sold commercially, available via the Tomb Raider Store ( http://tombraiderstore.com/media/cds/tomb-raider-soundtrack-cd.html ). The remaining game soundtracks that have been released are four promotional samplers.

    Promotional Sampler Composer(s) No. of Tracks Duration Format, Release Year
    Tomb Raider: Toutes Les Musiques [18] Nathan McCree 34 00:54:51 CD, Promotional
    (Included with the French magazine Total Play, issue 14. Includes music from Tomb Raider, II and III.)
    1999
    Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (Collector's Edition) Soundtrack Peter Connelly,
    Martin Iveson
    8 00:18:48 DVD/CD, Enclosure, Standalone
    (Europe pre-order "making-of" DVD/TRAOD Collector's Edition DVD/standalone CD)
    2002/2003
    Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Collector's Edition) Soundtrack Troels Brun Folmann 13 01:03:17 DVD/CD, Enclosure
    (TRA Collector's Edition, includes music from Tomb Raider: Legend)
    2007
    Tomb Raider: Underworld (Limited Edition) Soundtrack Colin O'Malley 10 00:23:48 DVD, Enclosure
    (TRU Limited Edition)
    2008

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "Square Enix reviews franchise sales data after Eidos acquisition". neoseeker.com. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
    2. ^ "UNDERWORLD SET FOR CHRISTMAS DEBUT". tombraiderchronicles.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
    3. ^ "IP Profile: Tomb Raider". developmag.com. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
    4. ^ "Japan dominates best-selling games franchise list". gamesindustry.biz. Eurogamer. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
    5. ^ "Stella's Walkthroughs - Strategy Guides for Tomb Raider Underworld, Anniversary, Legend and the Classics". Tombraiders.net. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
    6. ^ "Lara game blamed for film failure". BBC News. 2003-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
    7. ^ "EIDOS CELEBRATES WITH LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: ANNIVERSARY" (Press release). SCi Entertainment. 03/11/2006. Retrieved 4/11/2006. 
    8. ^ Johnny Cullen. "Square announces Tomb Raider". VG247. 
    9. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (23 December 2013). "Lara Croft: Reflections is a collectible card game". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
    10. ^ Reilly, Jim (19 December 2010). "Tomb Raider Trilogy Confirmed". IGN. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
    11. ^ "What does it take to remake a PS2 game in HD for PS3?". Computer and Video Games. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
    12. ^ Jackson, Mike (19 December 2010). "Tomb Raider Trilogy PS3 Revealed". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
    13. ^ Wales, Matt (6 January 2011). "Tomb Raider Trilogy Dated for PS3". IGN. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
    14. ^ "Tomb Raider: Graeme Revell: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
    15. ^ "Tomb Raider: Original Motion Picture Score: Graeme". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
    16. ^ "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life: Various". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
    17. ^ "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Score): Alan Silvestri: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
    18. ^ Game-ost.com. "Tomb Raider: Toutes Les Musiques (Total Play Magazine)". 

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