Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

By , on December 17, 2013
Last modified 7 years, 4 months ago

During my daily trawl through the App Store's latest releases, I unearthed an ancient artifact of historical significance.

Though it's not quite The Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant, the original Tomb Raider is an important chapter in the Big Book o' Videogames.

It introduced the world to gaming's most recognisable female protagonist, Lara Croft. It was one of the first forays into the realm of full-3D platforming.

And it's now available for your iPhone and iPad. 

To see how Core Design's classic action-adventure game holds up some 17 years after its release, I went hands-on with Square Enix's new iOS port. Here are the results:

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You can download Tomb Raider I for 69p / 99c right now via the link below.

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stooney 7 years, 4 months ago

Haha James, I had EXACTLY your problems with shooting and was almost mauled by the bats until I figured it out ;-)

But as much as I love to have the "Original" with me at all times, the controls are absolute RUBBISH and need to be redone urgently.

I stopped at about the point you did in the video and will wait for an update.

VideoJames 7 years, 4 months ago

Even at the time the original was released, I remember feeling Tomb Raider was a bit of a nightmare to control. The touchscreen conversion certainly doesn't make things any easier.

Still, it's nice to see it spruced up a bit, and with a sensible price tag. As for your playthrough, we'll let you know if Square Enix updates the controls at any point.