Tom Raider (also known as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is a video game franchise that originated with Action-Adventure and Third-person Exploration video games developed by Core Design. The main focus of the franchise is on a fictional British archaeologist named Lara Croft, who traverses across the world finding for lost valuable artifacts and infiltrating dangerous ruins and tombs. However, the main gameplay revolves around action-adventure exploration a of challenging landscapes, solving puzzles, exploring hostile environments full of deadly traps and battling against challenging foes. The franchise has grown up around the theme in the shape of movie adaptions, novels, and comics. The gameplay mainly deals with aspects of Action-Adventure, with the protagonist navigating environment and solving tricky puzzle. In addition to battling against enemies and dodging challenging traps will rewards the player with points which can be used to unlock further content. However, all challenging missions are set within ancient temples and tombs, can also extend across several areas and rooms within the playable level. The first game was Tom Raider released in 1996 and the second title was released after the first in 1997. The series contain several titles such as Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III, and more.

10 Best Tomb Raider Games

#1 Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a Third-person Perspective, Action-Adventure, and Single-player video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. The game starts its narrative from the video game Tomb Raider, released in 2013, serving as the 12th main installment in the series of Tomb Raider. The game takes place after the events of the previous title, revolving around the main female protagonist named Lara Croft as she ventures through South America and Mesoamerica to the ancient city Paititi, fighting the military organization known as Trinity. The player assumes the role of the female protagonist with an objective to race against enemies to fend off a Mayan Apocalypse she has uncovered. During the game, the player can travel the environment and battle foes with firearms and stealth elements as he/she navigates semi-open hubs. In these hugs, the player can raid challenge tombs to unlock side missions, new rewards, and scavenge for resources, which he/she can use to craft items and equipment. Shadow of the Tomb Raider includes prominent features such as Third-person Action, Detailed Environment, Challenging Missions, Puzzle-Solving Gameplay, etc.

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#2 Tomb Raider 3

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Tomb Raider 3 (also known as Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft) is an Action-Adventure and Single-player video game created by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game acts as the 3rd entry in the series of Tomb Raider, serving as the sequel to Tomb Raider II. The plot follows the protagonist, an archaeologist-adventurer named Lara Craft as she embarks on an epic adventure to retrieve four pieces of meteorite that are scattered around the globe. To advance in the game, the player needs to explore five different locations such as South Pacific, India, Antarctica, Nevada and London to complete a series of levels that involve puzzle-solving, defeating enemies and traverse dangerous locations. The player manipulate the world from a third-person perspective and each location in the game introduces a set of enclosed levels. Most puzzles in the game involves rearranging items, pushing objects and manipulating switches. During the game, the player can run, jump, climb, crawl, and monkey swing across the frames as well as swim and dive underwater environment for the limited time. Tomb Raider 3 offers core features such as a set of Weaponry, Detailed World, Challenging Puzzles, Third-person Action, and more.

#3 Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary focuses on Action-Adventure genre developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. The game supports a Single-player only and it serves as the 8th installment in the series of Tomb Raider and it is the remake of the first installment, released in 1997. It is set in the continuity of Tomb Raider: Legend, released in 2006, and the game revolves around the challenging quest of the series protagonist named Lara Croft, for the Scion of Atlantis. The gameplay introduces the protagonist exploring the linear levels, battling against enemies and solving the tricky puzzles to advance through the storyline. The game is played from a third-person perspective and there are fourteen challenging levels available set around four different locations across the world. During the gameplay, the player can jump, climb, and shimmy along vertical poles and ledges or ladders, crawl, and swig on ropes. Tomb Raider: Anniversary includes core features, engaging gameplay, detailed graphics, and superb mechanics. Try it out, if you like playing Action-Adventure games.

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#4 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

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Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is a Stealth-based, Action-Adventure, and Single-player video game played from a Third-person Perspective developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive for multiple platforms. It is the sixth marvelous title in the series of Action-Adventure video game Tom Raiders and serves as the direct sequel to Tomb Raider Chronicles and The Last Revelation. The plot focuses on the female protagonist Lara Croft as she struggles to clear herself of being involved in her former mentor murder named Werner Von Croy while interrogating the activities of the black magic cult. There are a variety of levels, and each level represents the puzzle-solving gameplay. In the game, the player assumes the protagonist’s role who embarks on an epic adventure to take revenge from enemies. During the game, the player can climb, run, walk, swing, and jump his way through a variety of missions while struggling to complete several levels by solving complex puzzles. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness includes prominent features such as Third-person Platform Gameplay, Detailed Environment, Stealth Elements, and more. Check it out, and have fun.

#5 Tomb Raider: Legend

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Tomb Raider: Legend is an Action-Adventure, Third-person Perspective, and Single-player video game created by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. The game acts as the 7th installment in the long-running series of Tomb Raider and it is the first title in the franchise reboot that reimagined the character of series named Lara Croft. In the game, the series female protagonist, adventurer named Lara Croft returns as the sole protagonist. Now this time, Lara heads into Bolivia on an epic trip from Anaya to locate the stone dais in the ruined. The protagonist believes the stone is attached to the fate of Amelia, following the plane crash. She activated the similar dais in the Nepalese monastery and built a magical portal. The game offers Action-Adventure gameplay, in which the player can moves from a third-person perspective through eight different levels take place across seven locations across the world. As the protagonist, the player can climb, run, jump and shimmy along ledges and vertical poles, crawl through spaces, interact with objects, and swing on ropes. Tricky puzzles can block the progress in the level until the player solves them to move forward.

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#6 Tomb Raider Chronicles

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Tomb Raider Chronicles is a Third-person Exploration, Female Protagonist, and Action-Adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game supports Single-player mode only and introduces the series protagonist named as Lara Croft. According to the plot, a group of buddies attend a fantastic service at the protagonist’s home to recount tales of her exploits. The story follows her through linear levels, battling enemies and solving tricky puzzles. Some levels in the game incorporate further gameplay elements like stealth. The gameplay seems similar to the Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. In the game, now the player can walk on the tightrope, swing on horizon bars and more. There are a series of challenging missions that the player needs to complete at any cost while controlling the female protagonist. The game starts with the player exploring the environment from a third-person perspective to uncover the truth behind the scene. In the game, the player is capable of performing a long jump, couch, fight, use weapons, and more. Try it out, and you’ll like it.

#7 Tomb Raider: Pistol Silencer

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Tomb Raider: Pistol Silencer is a Downloadable Content Pack for Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. The DLC pack introduces the pistol silencer, enabling the female protagonist named as Lara to use stealthy tactics to overcome the complicated situation. The gameplay mainly revolves around Action-Adventure elements and the storyline follows the female protagonist, Lara, who found herself in the mysterious shores of Linux. According to the plot, the player needs to navigate the intense environment and struggle to survive as long as possible to advance through the story. The player is wielded with raw instincts and the player has an ability to push beyond the human endurance’s limits. The player must battle against enemies to reveal the dark history of the abandoned island to flee. During the gameplay, the player needs to salvage resources, upgrade the weapons and tools, and gain experience to survive the hostile inhabitant of the island. Tomb Raider: Pistol Silencer includes prominent features such as New Raiding Experience, Fight to Live, Survive as a Team, and more. Try it out, and you’ll like it.

#8 Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Tomb Raider: Underworld is the eighth title in the series of Tom Raider, and the story follows the female character named Lara Croft. It is a mix of Third-person perspective, Action-Adventure, Platform and Exploration elements and supports Single-player mode only. The game introduces a hint and melee combat system where the protagonist can fight against her competitors using grapple pulls and kicks. The environment of the game takes place in the stunning world filled with strange creatures and numerous enemies. There are a variety of missions that the player must complete to earn experience points. The protagonist equips with a pistol and some other tools that she can use during gameplay to protect herself. As the story proceed, other missions and areas will be unlocked to play and enjoy. The ultimate aim of the player is to explore the world from third-person view, solve puzzles, interact objects and fight against enemies using weapons or melee combat to defeat them and score the highest points. With smooth gameplay, enhanced mechanics, and brilliant controls, Tomb Raider: Underworld is the best game to play.

#9 Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Rise of the Tomb Raider offers a wonderful combination of Action-Adventure, RPG and Hack and Slash aesthetics. This remake of the original Tomb Raider game by Crystal Dynamics features a new ace for the protagonist and allows you to be Lara Croft and go on an epic journey to free your friends from the pirates taking refuge on a distant and god-forsaken island. Equipped with only a Bow and Arrows, you’ll have to survive through hostile environments, encounter the most notorious and vindictive groups of pirates and enjoy immersing yourself into hardcore action and thrill filled game-play. As compared to the previous Tomb Raider games, you’ll experience enhanced mechanics and visuals, a totally new story and plenty of new perks available with the purchase. With a third-person perspective, a new face of protagonist and boldness of the character, Rise of the Tomb Raider offers a totally immersive and one of its kind gaming experience.

#10 Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider Originally developed in 1996 by Crystal Dynamics proved its worldwide prominence and likeness among action game enthusiasts. This mighty Action and Adventure video game ended up with a lot of world famous sequels and spin-offs. Recently in 2013 the game series Rebooted and the new Tomb Raider made its way to the markets with countless new features, slightly different storyline and a new face of the protagonist “Lara Croft”. Once again the game progressed in Crystal Dynamic Studios and Eidos Montreal, Nixxes Software, United Front and Feral Interactive did all the additional work. Game was published by Square Enix and “Feral Interactive” in early 2013. The storyline of the game tells us about Lara Croft who happens to be on the island of Yamatai to rescue her friends, while on the island she fights off against a vindictive cult of forgotten and most notorious beings. She must survive in order to free her friends and escape this God forsaken island for good. The game features a remarkable blend of Action, Adventure, RPG and Shooting Elements, addictive and quite fascinatingly action packed game-play, an open world gaming environment with a 3rd person gaming perspective and state of the art, eye catching graphics. Player controls the protagonist Lara Croft and gets caught in the act as the game advances on its course. This super cool and highly anticipated piece of art allows the players to play game in single or multiplayer mode and is available on different platforms like PC (Microsoft Windows), OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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