Jason Chester's model of the Lost Valley from Tomb Raider I

Jason Chester’s Low-Poly ‘Tomb Raider’ Blender Models

Tomb Raider fans never cease to find creative new ways to celebrate their fandom and pay tribute to the games that inspire them and Jason Chester is no exception. For the past few months, Jason has designed and created low-poly models of each of Tomb Raider I's levels, all which can be found in his …

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Tomb Raider (1996) menu screen

‘Tomb Raider’ Celebrates its 23rd Anniversary

Can you believe it's been 23 years since Lara Croft made her debut in a little game called Tomb Raider? Over two decades later, this iconic heroine shows no real signs of slowing down and continues to entertain and inspire gamers, artists, writers, and cosplayers across the world. She may only play for sport but …

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The History and Geography of Tomb Raider

Fan Project: History and Geography in ‘Tomb Raider’

Do you like learning about ancient history and faraway lands? Well, if you're a regular visitor to this site, I think it's safe to assume that you do. So let me point you in the direction of CroftManor's phenomenal documentary series, History and Geography in Tomb Raider! History and Geography in Tomb Raider is the …

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Lara Croft Funko Pop! figure

Review: Lara Croft Funko Pop! Figure

I've been a huge fan of Funko's uber-cute aesthetic ever since a friend of mine introduced me to their range of Pop! vinyl figures a couple of years ago. What began as a one-off acquisition (a Scarlet Witch Pop! I received from said friend) has since grown into an eclectic collection of superhero and Star Wars figures. …

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Lara Croft’s Jurassic World – Five Memorable Moments With Dinosaurs

Now, repeat after me: Archaeologists don't dig dinosaurs. They. Do NOT. Dig dinosaurs. There's such a wide misconception that archaeologists dig up fossils and dinosaur bones for a living that some musically-minded archaeologists have taken to Youtube to remind the public, in no uncertain terms, that they "don't do dinosaurs" and that "digging up dinos is palaeontology". So if it's …

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The Ark of the Covenant in Tomb Raider

15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs

One of the greatest pleasures in video gaming is the discovery (intentional or otherwise) of "Easter eggs", those little jokes, secret levels, or hidden messages that game developers insert in their games for the players' amusement. With a back catalogue spanning almost two decades and across multiple platforms, the Tomb Raider series has had its fair …

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Statue of Aztec maize goddess seen in Tomb Raider 1

Arte-Factual: Aztec Maize Goddess (Tomb Raider 1)

When I first played Tomb Raider 1 back in 1996, I never realized how many real-life Pre-Columbian (and other) artefacts could be spotted throughout the game's Peru levels. Some of them, such as the Chimú bird carving, were already familiar to me as I had done some research on Peruvian art and archaeology for a …

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The Cistern in Tomb Raider 1

Lara’s Travels: The Cistern

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited dozens of archaeologically fascinating places but not all of them have been particularly glamorous. One such place that instantly springs to mind is the Cistern in Tomb Raider 1. When I first started playing Tomb Raider back in 1996, I bought myself a copy of the Prima official strategy guide to …

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Scenes of Greek wrestlers in Tomb Raider 1's Colosseum level

Arte-Factual: Ancient Greek Wrestlers (Tomb Raider 1)

If you've been following my antics on Twitter, you'll probably know that I've recently been revisiting the Greece levels of Tomb Raider 1, sniffing out material for a  new edition of Arte-Factual. It had been years since I last played the 1996 classic so I'd almost forgotten how much real-life art makes an appearance throughout the game. …

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Tomb Raider on the IPad

Tomb Raider I Now Available on iOS

Christmas has come early for iPad and iPhone owners as Square Enix confirmed today that Tomb Raider 1 has been released for iOS. And if that wasn't enough, the game even includes the two bonus chapters, "Shadow of the Cat" and "Unfinished Business", from the 1998 re-release Tomb Raider Gold. The iOS release has been optimised …

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