Tomb Raider: Legend (2006)

by Christopher
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Tomb Raider: Legend redefines the franchise with a new Lara Croft, combining traditional exploration and puzzle-solving with enhanced mobility and action. Its engaging story and improved gameplay mechanics have left a lasting impact on the series.


Explore the globe with Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: Legend, the game that brought new life to the iconic series. Experience a blend of action, adventure, and puzzle-solving as you uncover ancient artifacts and unravel the mysteries of Lara’s past.


“Tomb Raider: Legend” is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. Released in 2006, it is the seventh main entry in the Tomb Raider series and a reboot of the franchise.

The game reimagines the origins and character of the series protagonist, Lara Croft. Lara Croft, gaming’s most famous heroine, makes her triumphant return in Tomb Raider: Legend. She is back from the darkness and is looking for a new famous ancient artifact.

Legend details Lara Croft’s quest for the mythical sword Excalibur. Lara goes in search of an artifact, but instead, is thrown into the search of another artifact. She is pitted against a rival Tomb Raider and someone she thought was long dead. This new adventure has Lara traveling everywhere, including Peru, Bolivia, Ghana (West Africa), Russia, and many more places.

Lara isn’t the only one looking for the artifact, though, as she is now faced with a new nemesis, James Rutland Jr. She is also racing across the world against her former friend Amanda Evert.

Gameplay features Lara navigating linear levels, fighting enemies, and solving environmental puzzles to progress. The DS and GBA versions share the game’s story while sporting gameplay adjusted for the platforms. The mobile version adapts locations from the game into on rails command-based platforming and combat scenarios.

Legend received generally positive reviews, with many praising the game as a return to form for the series. Selling over three million copies worldwide, Legend helped revitalize the Tomb Raider brand and re-established Lara Croft as a gaming icon. The game was followed by two further games set in the same continuity; Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a remake of the first game in the series that released in 2007, while a direct sequel to Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld, followed in 2008.

“Tomb Raider: Legend” is a legendary game that brought back the iconic Lara Croft to the gaming world. It offered a fresh take on the Tomb Raider series with its engaging storyline, exciting gameplay, and stunning visuals. The game’s success paved the way for future installments, ensuring Lara Croft’s place in the pantheon of gaming icons.


Lara Croft, friends and allies such as Zip and Alister, and a variety of enemies including mercenaries and mythical creatures.


Featuring a third-person perspective, the game allows Lara to move freely, engaging in combat, solving puzzles, and navigating through challenging terrains with enhanced mobility options like swimming, climbing, and using zip lines.


Tomb Raider: Legend stands as a pivotal moment for the Tomb Raider series, successfully rebooting Lara Croft’s adventures with a fresh perspective. It’s a must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike.

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