August 26, 2011

Tomb Raider on the Macintosh (Part 1)

Welcome to what I hope will be the first in a series of articles about running the Tomb Raider series on Mac and Linux systems. This article originally appeared on Matt's Tomb Raider Blog, and Matt has graciously allowed me to reprint it here.

Something that a number of people may not be aware of is that Tomb Raider: Anniversary was actually released on the Mac. The guys over at Robosoft Technologies are responsible for the port, while Feral Interactive handled the publishing of the game.

Screenshot of Lara in Tomb Raider: Anniversary for Mac
Screenshot of Lara in Tomb Raider:
Anniversary for Mac

Now…there are two main reasons why I say that people may not be aware of this. First of all it was never mentioned on the official Tomb Raider site. I had a good look on there and couldn't see it on there anywhere, no mention of it at all. It was like it didn't exist. I contacted someone at Eidos Interactive about this a couple of times and while they seemed to show some interest and said that they would let the appropriate people know, the request to have the information published on the official Tomb Raider site was never actioned. Personally I think thats a bit strange.


Tomb Raider:
Anniversary for
Macintosh
The other reason is that when I visit forums I quite often see posts from people indicating that they aren't even aware the game is available on the Mac… I'm purposefully being vague here. Want to know more? Good, I brought my fact cards along with me today...

  • The only Tomb Raider games that were not released for Mac are Legend and Underworld. Even all of the "Gold" games and the Level Editor were released for Macintosh.
  • The Tomb Raider Trilogy released for Mac also included all the "Gold" games alongside the main three. Something that was never offered in the PC trilogy.
  • Tomb Raider 2 and Chronicles have their very own easter eggs specific to the Mac version.
  • Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness apparently has less bugs than the PC version.

I haven't even begun to scratch the surface here, theres a lot more information out there on the web about playing Tomb Raider on the Mac, actually theres an entire website dedicated to Tomb Raider on the Mac, its called MacRaider and it was started by Kerrie Reay back in 1999. Unfortunately Kerrie passed away in 2008, but her web site managed to survive and is now being looked after by Trevor Liddle, who I might add has been doing a brilliant job these past few years.

Now I should probably state my intentions of this post incase there is any confusion. The point behind me making this post is quite simply to better inform people about Tomb Raider on the Mac, thats it! I'm not trying to convert PC users… well except Katie Fleming (deep down I know she wants a Mac ). I'm just trying to spread the word that Macintosh computers can do everything PCs can… even run Tomb Raider.

Now if you would like to find out a whole lot more about Tomb Raider on the Mac then make your way over to MacRaider at http://users.on.net/~macraider.

Also in case anyone is interested, I'm currently replaying Tomb Raider: Anniversary on my MacBook Pro. So far I've made it about half way through "The Lost Valley". I would have been further by now but I took issue with the wolves in Vilcabamba. Happy raiding! –Matt

Guardian of Light Contest Winners - Round 1

Good morning and happy Friday! All of our first-round contest winners have reported in, so I'm now able to announce them.

Paul M. from Illinois, USA, won the Lara and Totec wall scroll plus a Guardian of Light game download.

Choupi C. from France; Roger S. from British Columbia, Canada; Tarik B. from Bosnia and Herzegovina; and neo-metatron, who asked that I keep his details private, all won Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game downloads.

Congratulations to our winners and best of luck to everyone in the second round! The drawing for the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Sideshow Collectibles premium figure continues through the end of the month. Check my August 18 post for details.


August 20, 2011

Guardian of Light Contest Update

First a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter the drawing for the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light wall scroll and game codes. The drawing for the Sideshow Collectibles Lara Croft statue continues through the end of August. See this post for details.

Apparently some people are experiencing technical difficulties with the contest entry form on my Facebook page or with leaving a comment here. I apologize and and am trying to sort it out. Meanwhile, if you are having trouble, just send me an email () letting me know you tried and I will gladly count that as another contest entry.

I'd also like to remind everyone commenting here on the blog that you need to include some way for me to contact you if you win. I encourage you not to post your email address for privacy's sake. Instead you can link to a web page (your own site, your profile on one of the TR forums, your Facebook or Twitter page, etc.) or, after you post your comment, send me an email so I know it's yours. Thanks again to everyone who's entered so far and good luck to all!

Lara Croft premium format figure from Sideshow Collectibles
Tomb Raider Collectibles Lara Croft Premium Format Figure - Sideshow Exclusive Version

August 18, 2011

Guardian of Light Contest Update: Win an Exclusive Lara Croft Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

Last weekend I announced a little contest to celebrate the anniversary of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light's release. The response was good but not exactly phenomenal, so I've decided to up the ante by adding a new prize: a gorgeous, limited edition Lara Croft figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

If you have already entered the drawing for the scroll, you are automatically included in the drawing for the statue. There's no need to enter again.

One grand-prize winner will receive this Sideshow Exclusive premium format figure of Lara Croft in her Guardian of Light outfit. It is one of a limited edition of only 750 and includes a fine art print by Adam Hughes, the renowned comic book illustrator who also helped design the figure. This Lara is made of polystone and wears a fabric costume with realistic detailing. She's approximately 19"/48 cm tall, including the statue base, and weighs 13 pounds/6 kg. For full details, including a gallery of images showing the statue from all angles, visit Sideshow Collectibles.

Exclusive Premium Format Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

One first-prize winner will receive this 25" x 16" Lara and Totec fabric wall scroll, plus a free Guardian of Light game download for the Xbox 360 or PC.* (If you already own the game, you can pass the code along to a friend.)



Four runners up will each receive a free game download code for the Xbox 360 or PC version of the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game.*



There are 4 ways to enter. Feel free to use any or all of them.
  • Comment on this blog post saying you'd like to enter. Simple as that.
  • Like Stella's Site on Facebook and fill in the contest entry form there. (Look for the Contest link in the left menu.)
  • Follow @stellalune on Twitter and re-tweet any of my contest announcements to show you're interested and help spread the word.
  • Send me an email () with "Guardian of Light Contest" in the subject line.
Please submit only one entry of each type (blog, Facebook, Twitter and email), so 4 entries per person maximum. And please tell your friends, but don't spam. Spammers will be disqualified.

For complete contest rules and privacy policy, please see here.


This contest runs in 2 phases: The drawing for the wall scroll and game codes is open until August 20, 2011, 11:59 p.m. GMT. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and will be announced on Sunday, August 21. Prizes will be distributed immediately. The drawing for the statue is open until August 31, 2011, 11:59 p.m. GMT. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and will be announced during the first week of September. The statue is still in production with an estimated ship date in the first quarter of 2012.


*Game winners may choose the format they want. Sorry but PS3 codes are not available since Sony does not offer them. Special thanks to Crystal Dynamics for providing the Xbox game downloads.


August 13, 2011

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Anniversary Give-Away

This contest has been updated to include a new prize and deadlines. Please see this post for details.

Can you believe it's already been a year since Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was released? To celebrate, I'll be giving away a few goodies in a simple contest requiring no creativity or ambition whatsoever.

One first-prize winner will receive this 25" x 16" Lara and Totec fabric wall scroll, plus a free Guardian of Light game download for the Xbox 360 or PC.* (If you already own the game, you can pass the code along to a friend.)

Four runners up will each receive a free game download code for the Xbox 360 or PC version of the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game.*




There are 4 ways to enter. Feel free to use any or all of them.
  • Comment on this blog post saying you'd like to enter. Simple as that.
  • Like Stella's Site on Facebook and use the contest entry form there to submit your entry.
  • Follow @stellalune on Twitter and re-tweet any of my contest announcements to show you're interested and help spread the word.
  • Send me an email () with "Guardian of Light Contest" in the subject line.
Please submit only one entry of each type (blog, Facebook, Twitter and email), so 4 entries per person maximum. And please tell your friends, but don't spam. Spammers will be disqualified.

This contest is open until Saturday, August 20, 2011, 11:59 p.m. GMT. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and will be announced on Sunday, August 21.

For complete contest rules and privacy policy, please see here.

*Winners may choose the format they want. Sorry but PS3 codes are not available since Sony does not offer them. Special thanks to Crystal Dynamics for providing the Xbox game downloads.

August 6, 2011

GamesRadar Interviews Tomb Raider Pole Dancers Emy & Bex

Back in June, I blogged about Emy and Bex, two pole fitness enthusiasts whose Tomb-Raider-themed pole dance routine won first place in their division of the UK Amateur Pole Performer competition. (Read that story here.) GamesRadar picked up my story and recently produced a video interview with the duo.

Tomb Raider pole performers Emy and Bex talk to GamesRadar
Click the image to visit GamesRadar for the full story.
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