August 7, 2017

Tomb Raider: Underworld Now Playable on Xbox One

Tomb Raider: Underworld and the two Xbox-exclusive expansion packs, "Beneath the Ashes" and "Lara's Shadow," are now playable on Xbox One via backward compatibility. If you already own the game on disk, there's no need to buy it again. Just follow these instructions to install and play on Xbox One. Or, you can purchase the digital version through the Xbox Store. The main game is $19.99 (£14.99 or €19,99). Each story DLC pack is $9.99 (£6.75 or €9,49). New and used Underworld CDs can also be found on eBay, Amazon, Amazon UK, etc.

The add-on levels "Beneath the Ashes" and "Lara's Shadow" were originally released in 2009, exclusively on Xbox 360. They were never available on PC or PlayStation, so this marks a new opportunity for today's gamers to try them. In "Beneath the Ashes," Lara returns to the remains of Croft Manor in order to find a powerful artifact hidden in a mysterious centuries-old labyrinth deep beneath the estate. In "Lara's Shadow," players control the doppelgänger and wield all of her powers of speed and strength. This unique gameplay experience also reveals Natla's fate following the events in the main game.

To celebrate the Xbox One announcement, Crystal Dynamics has added some previously unreleased concept art to their Underworld Flickr gallery.

Underworld is now one of more than 400 Xbox 360 games now playable on Xbox One. If you'd like Microsoft to make Legend and Anniversary backward compatible as well, cast your vote here on the Xbox website.

Lara's Shadow HD Launch Trailer from 2009 (Thanks to TombRaiderUNDERWORLD)

Tomb Raider Underworld Concept ArtTomb Raider Underworld concept art (Thanks to Crystal Dynamics)

July 6, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Successfully Funded

Congratulations to Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree on a successful Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to the support of 2,615 backers, who pledged a total of £194,120, Nathan's original Tomb Raider music will now be extended and re-recorded with a live orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Fans who supported the fundraiser will receive a variety of rewards, and the rest of the world can look forward to the album's release later this year. Visit tombraidersuite.com or follow Nathan on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

May 25, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Campaign Underway

It's official! Nathan McCree's Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter is now live. Check out the different pledge tiers—from the £5 'Passport' to the £7,500 'Infada Stone'—and pledge your support at tombraidersuite.com.

May 18, 2017

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for Xbox One Free with Gold

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is now available free as part of the current Xbox Live Games With Gold promotion. Sign in on your Xbox One console or xbox.com between May 16th and June 15th to snag your free download. If you aren't yet a Gold member, you can join on your console or buy a membership card for 3, 6, or 12 months on Amazon or Amazon UK.

The game has single-player and online co-op modes for 2, 3, or 4 players. For general info or help with any of the tougher puzzles, including complete Achievements and collectibles lists, check out my Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris walkthrough.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

April 29, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite to Launch Kickstarter Campaign May 26

Nathan McCree, the original Tomb Raider composer, has announced a Kickstarter campaign for the studio recording of his Tomb Raider Suite. Fans who were not able to attend the live performance last December will now have a chance to help bring this amazing music to a worldwide audience.

UPDATE: The campaign is now LIVE! Check out the different pledge tiers—from the £5 'Passport' to the £7,500 'Infada Stone' and pledge your support at tombraidersuite.com.

THE TOMB RAIDER SUITE

When Nathan McCree wrote the extraordinary and iconic music for the first three Tomb Raider games between 1996 and 1998, it was recorded using the synthesizers available at the time. But for 20 years he dreamt of hearing his music performed by a full orchestra and choir, and with the 20 Year Celebration of the Tomb Raider franchise in 2016, the timing was perfect to realise his dream.

TOMB RAIDER: LIVE IN CONCERT

On Sunday 18th December, 2016, The Tomb Raider Suite received its World Premiere in London. Performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the City of London Choir, it received a standing ovation from the nearly 2,000 fans who attended the concert. It was an unmitigated success and the final event in what had been The Year of Tomb Raider.

PRE-SHOW PROMOTION TRAILER



POST-SHOW PROMOTION VIDEO "In The Blood"



OUR GOAL

The crowdfunding goal is to do a studio recording of The Tomb Raider Suite with one of England's leading orchestras in England's most famous recording studios, Abbey Road in London.

Now that Nathan's themes and cues from the first three games have been fully orchestrated for a 76-piece orchestra and 20-voice choir, it is ready to be recorded to the highest standard to release as an album in the Fall of 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for Tomb Raider fans to finally own and hear a world-class recording of the music as Nathan McCree had always intended it.

The Kickstarter campaign will kick off Friday, May 26. For details, visit tombraidersuite.com. You can also follow Nathan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud for updates.

KICKSTARTER ANNOUNCEMENT


NATHAN McCREE INTERVIEW


This post was originally published April 29 and updated with new information May 18, 2017.

April 13, 2017

Lara Croft GO Mirror of Spirits Expansion Now Available on Android and iOS

The latest expansion pack for the turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO has just been released for Android and iOS. The Mirror of Sprits, 11 new levels for the award-winning turn-based puzzle game from Square Enix Montréal, debuted with the PS4 and Vita release in December. Now the Mirror of Spirits expansion is available free on mobile platforms as well. If you don't already own the game, you can pick it up for 99¢ on the Play Store or $1.99 on the App Store. Lara Croft GO is also available for Windows, Linux, and OSX through Steam. Sorry, still no update for Windows Phone, but we hope to see that soon.

For help with any of the puzzles, check out my screenshot and video walkthroughs.

April 7, 2017

96-Hour Tomb Raider Marathon for Direct Relief

Our friends at Tomb Raider Marathon 2017 are about to kick off a 96-hour gaming marathon to benefit Direct Relief. Starting this afternoon, they'll be playing 7 Tomb Raider games over the course of 4 days. I hope you'll tune in for the live broadcast on Twitch and donate if you can. A schedule and more info can be found at tombraidermarathon.com. You can also follow TRMarathon17 on Twitter and Facebook.

See you there!

March 22, 2017

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Just a quick update and an apology. Tombraiders.net recently changed web hosting services, when our long-time host, WiredTree, was bought by another company. The new people have been very helpful, but there have been a few unforeseen issues. I apologize for the intermittent outages over the past few days and hope to up and running soon. Meanwhile, if you receive an error message when attempting to connect to the main site, most pages are archived here on the Internet Wayback Machine. Thanks for your patience.


PSA courtesy of The Keep Calm-o-Matic

February 19, 2017

Play Tomb Raider 1 in HD with Glidos – Free

The developer of Glidos is offering the program free for a limited time. Just visit glidos.net, sign up for a free account, and then follow the instructions to download and install the program.

In case you're not familiar with Glidos, it's a utility that provides Glide emulation for DOS, allowing games like the original Tomb Raider and the Unfinished Business expansion to run in higher detail on modern computers. Features include:

  • Support for the GOG and Steam versions of Tomb Raider
  • Supports high-resolution textures (with optional texture packs from Tomb Raider Xtra)
  • Restores PlayStation quality to the Full Motion Video cutscenes (with optional FMV pack)
  • Restores full PlayStation audio tracks (with optional audio pack)
  • Supports True3D via 3D monitors or red/blue anaglyph glasses

Tomb Raider with Glidos
Tomb Raider before and after Glidos and Tomb Raider Xtra HD textures. Image courtesy of Edison School Blog.

Glidos also works with various other popular DOS games, including Descent II, Redguard, Carmageddon, Extreme Assault, Grand Theft Auto, Dreams to Reality, Blood, Screamer 2, and Red Baron.

If you try Glidos and end up loving it as much as I do, you can show your support by spreading the word or making a PayPal donation through the Glidos site.

February 15, 2017

Lara Croft Funko POP! Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Alison B. from the U.K.! She's won this adorable Lara Croft POP! vinyl figure from Funko.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and helped to spread the word. If you didn't win this time, we'll be giving away another Tomb Raider POP!, along with a bunch of other fabulous prizes as part of the Tomb Raider Community Team's Extra Life fundraiser in November. Follow me on social media or subscribe to this blog through Bloglovin' for updates. Or, if you must have your little Lara now, you can find her on Amazon or Amazon UK.


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February 4, 2017

Lara Croft Funko POP! Giveaway

Attention collectors! I'm giving away this adorable, vinyl Tomb Raider POP! figure from Funko. She stands about 3¾ inches tall and sports Lara's classic/Anniversary inspired outfit, braid, and pistols.

This contest is open to fans worldwide.* There are four ways to enter. Use the entry form below to choose any/all that appeal to you.
  1. Follow me on Twitter (@stellalune)
  2. Retweet the contest announcement. Change the text if you like, but please include a link to this blog post and tag me (@stellalune) so I can see your entry. (You can do this once per day for bonus entries.)
  3. Visit Stella's Tomb Raider Site on Facebook.
  4. Let me know which Tomb Raider character you'd like to see as the next Funko POP! figure by clicking the link on the entry form below and then commenting on this post. (See my example below.)
One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries and announced here (and on my social media) on Lara's birthday, February 14. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway *As long as you can receive mail from the United States, you're welcome to enter.

January 18, 2017

Site Migration and Possible Down Time

In addition to the exciting news about the fansite awards in my previous post, I also want to let everyone know that tombraiders.net will be migrating to new servers during the next few days. Our awesome hosting company, WiredTree, was recently acquired by LiquidWeb. So all of my sites, as well as Katie's Tomb Raider Site, will be moving over to new servers. We hope to keep down time to a minimum, but if you're unable to access the site please be patient. We should be back online soon. Meanwhile, you can contact me on Twitter and Facebook with any urgent questions and also find archived versions of most pages on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Pic courtesy of keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk.

2016 Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards

Crystal Dynamics has just announced the winners of its Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards for the past year. Two awards were given in each category: the Community Award, nominated and voted on by the other 94 members of the Official Fansite Program, and the Crystal Award, conferred by the developers on worthy sites that might not yet be as well known by their fellow fans. Winners will receive a custom engraved coin as well as a digital badge.

I'm honored to have been chosen as the 2016 Community Ambassador and even more proud to lead the Tomb Raider Community's Extra Life team, which was recognized for Best Charity Initiative and Best Tomb Raider 20 Initiative.

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm thrilled to be part of a such a diverse, dedicated, and hardworking community!

Community Ambassador Award

An exceptional webmaster that embodies the spirit of community, be it through organizing community or charity events, answering questions online, providing helpful resources for fans, or generally embodying the spirit of the community. This warm, welcoming, and passionate webmaster showcases the best that our community has to offer by encouraging inclusivity and positivity.

Community Award Winner: Stellalune | Stella's Tomb Raider Site

Stella describes herself as the matriarch of the Tomb Raider community, and familial is exactly how many fans feel about her. Stella's content–most famously her walkthroughs–are always top notch, and she dedicates extensive time online to answering fan questions, sharing gameplay tips, and finding ways to give back. Her annual Extra Life Charity event is a unifying activity within the community each year, bolstered with smaller, continual efforts to aid those who need it, such as crowd sourcing Tomb Raider: Live in Concert tickets for those who couldn't afford them.

Crystal Award Winner: Sara Croft | Lara Croft Cosplay

Often an unsung figure within the Tomb Raider community due to her humble nature, Sara is generous with both her time and resources. She often crafts tutorials on how to cost-effectively create costumes and props as a means to get more fans into the hobby. Additionally, she eagerly goes out of her way to showcase diversity within the community, encourages cosplayer of all skill levels to be proud of their accomplishments, and even created a "Cosplay Care Package" program with her own funds as a means to help those with limited resources. Her positive attitude and giving personality easily win over those who interact with her.

Best Charity Initiative

An exceptional charity-focused initiative that creatively and effectively raised funds for a worthwhile cause. The winner is not determined by the total amount raised, but rather the execution of the fundraiser.

Community Award Winner: Stella's Tomb Raider Site | Extra Life 2016 Charity Marathon and Prize Raffle for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

With Stella acting as team captain, the Tomb Raider Community Team's participation in the Extra Life charity marathon is something fans and followers look forward to each year. With 25 members (and growing!) the team works hard to earn donations by playing Tomb Raider games, entertaining fans while raising money for a great cause. Since their first run five years ago, the team has helped raise over $15,000 for children's hospitals, playing 1,000 hours of Tomb Raider in the process. (NOTE: Interested players can sign up for Extra Life 2017 here!)

Crystal Award Winner: Tomb Raider Online | Tomb Raider Twitch Marathon to Support SPA Refuge & Animal Welfare

Taking French fans on a nostalgic look back over 20 years, Tomb Raider Online streamed all of Lara's adventures on Twitch – including some of the more obscure titles – totaling over 150 hours of play. All profits from the stream were donated to the Animal Protection Society, raising over $2000 for a fantastic cause.

Best Collaborative Fansite Project

An exceptional collaborative project that united more than one fansite towards a common goal of celebrating Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, and the community.

Community Award Winner: Alex's Tomb Raider Blog | Tomb Raider World | Croft Generation | RaidersZone | Tomb Raider Saga | Tomb Raider Collection | Living Tomb Raider | Tomb Raider Spain – Spanish Tomb Raider Community Project

The Spanish Tomb Raider community collaborated in a big way on a very high-production live event in Madrid to celebrate 20 years of Tomb Raider. The event kicked off with a rousing speech, included a scavenger hunt with custom 3D printed artifacts, a cosplay contest, and community dinner. Despite some pesky rain, the event brought fans together from around Spain, solidifying online friendships in the process.

Crystal Award Winner: Lara's Look a Like | Tombeau Croft – 2016 Lara Croft Cosplay Calendar

Lara's Look a Like has been creating a Croft cosplay calendar for years, and they've become more and more impressive with each annual release. The 2016 calendar was a collaboration between Lara's Look a Like and fellow French fansite Tombeau Croft, focusing on depicting Lara with her trusty weapons. The great design work juxtaposed in-game snapshots and fantastic cosplay photos.

Best New Fansite

An exceptional new fansite that joined the program in 2016 and has provide unique and engaging content that sets a high standard for their future contributions.

Community Award Winner: Living Tomb Raider

Spanish fansite Living Tomb Raider shows great potential as a new addition to the official program, exploring the myths behind games, publishing reviews, and showcasing merchandise, among other content contributions. A noble goal of Living Tomb Raider is to help the Spanish fan community grow by aiding with the coordination of live events, and we're excited to see how this goal plays out in 2017.

Crystal Award Winner: Okh Eshivar

Okh Eshivar is one of many wonderful new additions to the Official Fansite Program. The webmaster's strength is in diversity of content, with entries balanced between news, reviews, interviews, weekly recaps, researched articles, downloads, and more. One standout article describes how Lara has inspired the webmaster, detailing a 14,000 foot trek to the top of Mt. Rainier. We hope 2017 holds more adventures for Okh Eshivar.

Best Investigative/Research Article

An exceptional article authored by a member of the Official Fansite Program that unearthed new findings or information about the Tomb Raider franchise, which required extensive research and critical thinking to achieve.

Community Award Winner: Archaeology of Tomb Raider | Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali

A very interesting article inspired by a keen eye, Archaeology of Tomb Raider's winning article features an unused piece of concept art from Tomb Raider: Legend that implies Lara may have been headed to the West African country of Mali. The article explored the unique architecture of the country, and included links to more information for those intrigued by the subject matter.

Crystal Award Winner: World of Tomb Raider | Article about the etymology of words "Lara" and "Croft"

World of Tomb Raider's study of the etymology of our favorite heroine's name is a fascinating, and a very original article. The piece dives into the meaning of Lara's given and family name, in addition to taking a look at other famous bearers of the name throughout history and within pop culture.

Best Live Event

An exceptional live event organized by a member of the Official Fansite Program that brought together Tomb Raider fans in-person to celebrate the franchise.

Community Award Winner: Tomb of Ash | Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Panel at PLAY Expo Manchester

An impressive, multi-faceted event that took nearly a year to organize, festivities at PLAY Expo were full of nostalgia for classic Tomb Raider fans. Highlights included a Core Design panel with many key creatives from the original development team and photo opportunities with premiere Lara Croft model Natalie Cook. The panel was streamed to share with fans online at a later date, and interviews resulted in new insights from those who started it all.

Crystal Award Winner: Tomb Raider Italia | Gamerome Event with Tomb Raider Italia

Organized by Tomb Raider Italia and executed at Gamerome, the event also marked the Italian website's 10th anniversary. Tomb Raider Italia's webmaster impressively managed to secure the attendance of Lara's Italian voice actress, as well the actor for Conrad Roth. Additional activities included a cosplay flash-mob, raffle, quiz, and professional photographers to capture the two-day celebration.

Best Video or Streaming Project

An exceptional video or streaming project created by a member of the Official Fansite Program that celebrated Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, and the community.

Community Award Winner: Turning Point | "20 Years of Tomb Raider" video tribute by Fear Effect Inferno

Fear Effect Inferno's video tribute packed a major punch into 60 seconds. "20 Years of Tomb Raider" touched on the major events in Lara's two-decade evolution, with great use of timing, transitions, and a beautiful custom score inspired by Nathan McCree's original soundtrack.

Crystal Award Winner: Tomb of Ash | Lara's Diary: Baba Yaga

Tomb of Ash's video provided additional depth to Rise of the Tomb Raider's Baba Yaga DLC drop, introducing fans to the Russian/Slav folklore that inspired the content. Narrated by original Croft voice actress Shelley Blond, the high-production video featured beautiful illustrations by Inna Vjuzhanina, impressive animations, a well-developed script, and was translated into many additional languages to share with the global Tomb Raider community.

Best Interview

An exceptional interview conducted by a member of the Official Fansite Program focused on the Tomb Raider franchise which required extensive research and critical thinking to achieve.

Community Award Winner: Tomb Raider Source | Nicobass: Remake de Tomb Raider II

Tomb Raider Source dove deep into the upcoming Tomb Raider II fan remake by Nicobass, exploring his vision for the project, detailing software used, and discussing the challenges of such an ambitious task. It's always fun to see fans interview fellow fans in acknowledgement of amazing work.

Crystal Award Winner: Music of Tomb Raider | Ashley Revell Interview

An interesting and exclusive interview with Ashley Revell, the music editor on Lara' Croft's first Hollywood outing and brother to composer Graeme Revell. Music of Tomb Raider caught up with Ashley in person in Auckland, and the in-depth nature of the interview is sure to appeal to fellow music and cinema fans.

Best Photo or Art Project

An exceptional project created or curated by a member of the Official Fansite Program celebrating Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, and the community through a visual medium, be it art, photography, or other visual platforms.

Community Award Winner: Tomb Raider Univers | 20 Years of Tomb Raider Art Collection

The 20 Years of Tomb Raider Art Collection is a beautiful, curated gallery of original art, featuring pieces spanning old-school and modern interpretations of Lara Croft. The online exhibit was made even more noteworthy due to beautiful branding and an engaging website.

Crystal Award Winner: Tomb Raider China | Travel with Lara Croft Photo Contest

A very creative contest organized by Tomb Raider China, which asked fans to take a Lara Croft figure with them as they explored the world. Submitted photos were then marked on a world map, illustrating the global impact of the franchise. The initial submissions were exceptionally creative, and we expect the final winners to be equally impressive.

Best Tomb Raider 20 Initiative

An exceptional project of any kind – event, interview, video, and so on – created by a member of the Official Fansite Program that captured the spirit of #TombRaider20.

Community Award Winner: Stella's Tomb Raider Site | Extra Life 2016 Charity Marathon and Prize Raffle for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

For all the reasons outlined above, Team Tomb Raider's Extra Life charity videogame marathon was considered one of the most noteworthy community programs of the year by fellow fans. The marathon showcased content from the full history of the franchise, uniting fans new and old for a fantastic cause.

Crystal Award Winner: Survivor Reborn | Tomb Raider: Retrospective Series

A very thorough and well-written retrospective series examining each game in the Tomb Raider series, as well as relevant cultural events such as E3. Each explores a wide breadth of content – the gameplay and character evolutions, as well as marketing, reception, challenges, and successes of each game.

Crystal Award Winner: Lara Croft PT | #TombRaider20 – Lara Croft PT

A very impressive tribute video totaling a whopping 40+ minutes of content, including interviews by an array of voice actors, composers, official models, comic artists, fans, industry influencers, more. Also, pancake art!

Tomb Raider Archives - Collecting all the classic Top Cow Comics
Tomb Raider Archives 4-volume set collects 50 issues of the best-selling Top Cow comic. Order from TFAW, Amazon, or Amazon UK.