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Tomb Raider

  Seeing as I submitted a review of TR3, I thought I'd tell you about the original, too.

   The difference between TR3 and this first installment is mainly in the speed. This game is painfully slow if you're used to the 3rd game, but if you haven't played that then this game is a great one to get, especially as the price is so low now.

   You play the part of Lara Croft, an English, Upper Class Gal, who decides that her life of luxury is lacking excitement. So, she decides to strap two pistols to her thighs, jump on the nearest plane to Antarctica and look for an ancient artifact known as the Scion.

   The graphics used to be state of the art, but that was 1996 and they look sadly dated now. Line-glitching is apparent throughout, but the 3D environments still look convincing. There are swimming sections, climbing sections, running, jumping, shooting - this game has it all. The only problem is that it has been done so much better since (mainly in the second and third installments).

   The puzzles are tricky, but not impossible. The enemies are all well animated (especially the HUGE T-Rex on the Lost Valley level) and the 15 levels will keep you going for a good few months. This game is a classic, there's no doubting that. It probably won't impress your friends that much these days, but if you're after a clever, well designed adventure game to keep you occupied for a while without demanding complete attention, then this is arguably a better choice than the impossibly difficult (but ace) Tomb Raider 3. It's up to you. Both games are excellent - this one is cheaper and more workman-like. I loved

5/4/1999 Justin

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