July 15, 2024

Tomb Raider Level Editor Weekend Fundraiser for Extra Life

Join us this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, for our next Tomb Raider Community Extra Life event, featuring 22 hours of Tomb Raider Level Editor (TRLE) games and builder interviews! We'll be kicking things off at 8am EDT (1pm BST) each day. This TRLE Event Schedule includes Twitch channel and donation links, as welll as start times for your local time zone.

The Tomb Raider Level Editor was originally a toolkit released with Tomb Raider Chronicles, which enabled fans to build their own classic TR levels. Since its launch in 2000, the Level Editor has been updated, expanded, and in some cases, completely remade, by fans. There are now thousands of playable TRLE levels created by hundreds of builders. This weekend's event will feature just a few of those levels and creators.

Our streamers will be raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, whose 170 member hospitals provide 32 million treatments each year to patients across the U.S. and Canada. Donations fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. For more information about our team and Extra Life, check out this Extra Life FAQ.

Special thanks to our teammate ArkRaiderMs for organizing this event, and to all of our streamers and featured builders. I hope you'll stop in, check out some top-notch TRLEs, learn about how they're made, chat with other fans, and help change kids' health.

Toon dino and toon Nessie wearing Extra Life T-shirts. Illustrations by NondescriptMidnight.
Extra Life T-rex and Nessie by NondescriptMidnight.

June 25, 2024

Tomb Raider Remastered Charity Race for Extra Life

The Tomb Raider Community team is back for Extra Life 2024! Join us this Saturday, June 29, for our first fundraiser, a Tomb Raider 1 Remastered Charity Race featuring 14 Twitch streamers in two heats. The first race kicks off at 1 pm EDT, the second at 5 pm EDT.

Racers will go head-to-head to see who can complete the first remastered game fastest. We have some experienced raiders on deck, but as all gamers know, anything can happen, so it's bound to be a nail-biter. Follow us to the finish line!

Team memmbers will be collecting donations for their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Your tax-deductible donations help pay for critical life-saving treatments, wellness services, pediatric medical equipment, and innovative research.

Charity race promo graphic. Text repeats in blog post.

To thank our supporters, the team will be giving away this Classic Era Lara Croft PVC Statue from Dark Horse Direct. Each $5 donation unlocks one chance to win. The giveaway ends after the races, and the winner will be announced on stream. Visit darkhorsedirect.com for product details.

TOMB RAIDER: Lara Croft (Classic Era) PVC Statue by Dark Horse Direct depicts Lara navigating a spike trap.

Follow the Tomb Raider Community Twitch Team and check out our Extra Life page for more information, and feel free to contact me, race organizer Rizza (@ImRizza on Twitch, and Twitter) or any team member. Join us on Saturday and cheer the racers on!

February 10, 2024

Updating the Classic Game Guides for Tomb Raider I-III Remastered

Valentine's Day and the launch of Tomb Raider I-III Remastered  is now just a few days away. Can I get a whoo-hoo!? I will be updating the classic guides for all three games and their expansions, but this will take time. A few generous players have offered to help with video walkthroughs and PC save files (thanks, Eldincy and Draxx Yaruga!), but the nuts-and-bolts updates—including replaying all 69 levels (probably more than once), retaking 7,000+ screenshots, reformatting and proofreading 803 pages (main guides and detail pages), not to mention adding achievement/trophy lists and notes—will not happen in a few days. So, I thank you all for your patience.

The remastered games are, at their core, essentially the same as the classics. So my original walkthroughs will definitely help. I've also recently added fantastically detailed level maps by VGCartography. These are linked from the top of each of each walkthrough page. Here's an example, from the TR1 Caves level. (Click the image to enlarge) These are great for when you just want to get the lay of the land and don't need a detailed guide.

If you get stuck or have questions, you're more than welcome to contact me, but if you need a quick response, I'd recommend posting on Twitter and tagging me or asking on the r/TombRaider Subreddit. There are lots of helpful players ready to assist.

Many thanks to the people at Aspyr Media for reviving these fantastic games for a new generation. Here's to a smooth launch! Fellow players, don't forget to share your Photo Mode shots on socials, and tag me if you like. I can't wait to see them!

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered  launches February 14 on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store. Pre-order now for a 10% discount.