Tomb Raider on the Macintosh? I guess I have to remind myself that there are people that don't know the game exists on the platform, living in the Macintosh world as I do.
In fact Tomb Raider has existed on the Mac for almost as long as it has been on the PC. I say 'almost' because the first TR to be ported to the Mac was TR 2. TR 1 came later.
Tomb Raider Trilogy
for MacintoshTomb Raider games have spanned several incarnations of the Mac operating System. TR1 through to The Last Revelation are all playable in OS9. Chronicles and Angel of Darkness are optimised for OS 10. Anniversary is the first TR not to run on Power PC Macs and as such can only be played on Macs with Intel chips.
As stated by Matt in his post, Tomb Raider for Macintosh (Part 1), the only games that aren't available on the Mac are Legend, Underworld and I would include Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.
Actually some of the classic Tomb Raiders can be played on a Mac running anything form OS 7.5 (TR1) to OS 10 (Chronicles). As the early TRs wont run (easily) on Intel Macs, I have found the best way to keep playing these games is to keep an old Mac lying around. Fortunately I have a few ;-) one of which I still use to produce MacRaider.
The other alternative for playing Tomb Raider on a Mac is to run Windows and play the PC versions, as Macs have the ability to run both the Mac OS and Windows on the same system. Of course you would miss out on the Mac exclusives like bug fixes, Easter eggs and a generally better Angel of Darkness, but it is an alternative.
There is software emerging that might allow us to play the classic Tomb Raider games on Intel Macs, but at present the results are variable and as such aren't really worth mentioning at this stage IMHO. Aspyr Media has also recently announced plans to re-release Tomb Raider 2 for OS 10.7 (Lion). (Read more at InsideMacGames.com.) When asked about the possibility of the other classic Tomb Raider games receiving the same treatment, an Aspyr spokesperson responded, "We are assessing the re-release of multiple titles from our catalogue to be released in the same manner." Slightly cryptic but encouraging. ;-) Keep checking MacRaider for any new developments.
If you would like to see a more detailed analysis on which Tomb Raider games will run on which Macs head over to MacRaider and check out the Old Tomb Raiders on Newer Macs page.
UPDATE: The updated version of Tomb Raider 2, for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, is now available in the Mac App Store.
Macintosh Tomb Raider: Anniversary screenshot courtesy of Switching to Mac.