Friday, 30 March 2012

Top 10 Tomb Raider Moments

As Samuel Johnson once said, "when a girl is tired of Tomb Raider, she is tired of life".

Never a truer word was spoken, especially not by Johnson, which I why I have written an article about the Top 10 Tomb Raider Moments for GodisaGeek. I love how they let me write about this stuff.

The picture, as ever, is Katie's. Katie went to the Game Developers' Conference (GDC, acronym fans) in San Francisco earlier this month and got to go round the Crystal Dynamics offices. Although I am envious of her journey, I am possibly more envious of Crystal Community Manager (and cosplay maestro) Meagan Marie's desk. I have desk envy.


  1. Now, Mary, how did you know I was playing TR: Last Revelation right now?? I've been off the gaming and internet grid for a couple of weeks producing a new concert, so I missed that you'd been posting so much stuff in March. Blast my metal body, I was too slow. Grrr!

  2. Is that a trash compactor reference? Don't worry, my vital organs are fine.

    And it was only three posts, and I'm sure your time was well spent...

  3. I absolutely adore Tomb Raider (the first two games, at any rate), but I'd say the most memorable moment of all is stepping out into the tall, tall room (avoiding innuendo) in St Francis' Folly to the sounds of this piece. The music of that game really enriched the experience for me.

    Other highlights include meeting centaurs in Tomb of Tihocan, evading the shark at the start of 40 Fathoms, and, at the beginning of Temple of Xian, approaching the dagger only to be dropped onto a waterfall and swept into the huge underground cave-and-dungeon complex.

  4. Hi Brad,

    I hadn't considered any innuendo until you mentioned it. But if you don't know by now, you will soon learn that I consider cheesy double entendre the highest form of humour, and so I find your comment incomparably witty. That's why it's taken me so long to answer, I was trying to recover from the hilarity.

    Anyway, I love the first two games as well. I think the second (which I'm playing again now, actually) is probably the absolute best, and I have a special place in my calloused heart for IV and VI, but when I was putting that list together, I did find that the shortlist was overwhelmingly comprised of moments from the first two games.

    I love the tall room in St Francis Folly as well, it was most definitely a runner up. The wonderful music does so much to set the scene, and give you a sense of scale. That entire level is truly epic, because you have four different (and very challenging) puzzles to solve in it, and they all tie together. The other thing I love about Greece in particular is how it ties in with Greek mythology, and how all those rooms are themed arounds the gods they represent.

    And your mention of the Temple of Xian made me hungry to get there. In my current playthrough I'm just about to enter the Diving Area.

    Thanks for the comment Brad, brought back some good memories.


  5. Realise I said "I love" three times in that comment. Guess I really love Tomb Raider.