The original Tomb Raider game from ’96 is by far one of the most legendary action- adventure titles in gaming history. During the mid 90’s 3D gaming was beginning to rise in popularity and 2D head to head fighting titles were starting to slowly decline in popularity; in favor of more realistic 3D video games during the second half of the 90’s. Tomb Raider was developed by Core Design and published Eidos Interactive and was released for console such as: PS1, Sega Saturn along with MS-DOS. Tomb Raider was an action adventure title was and still is very popular for a couple of main reasons. First, Tomb Raider ’96 saw the debut of one of the most popular female video game characters in gaming history Laura Croft. Second, the level design and slick graphics from the original Tomb Raider game looked like it was ahead of it time. For those who own the PS1 Tomb Raider looked beautiful and included fascinating puzzle games; as players searched for treasures and artifacts while killing off dangerous animals in the process. Third, the geographical locations featured in Tomb Raider such as Egypt, Peru, Greece along with Atlantis were all cool places to see in a 3D action-adventure game in relation to archaeological exploration.
The plot for Tomb Raider is also pretty basic and it involves Laura Croft’s quest to search and gather three mysterious Scion artifacts. The interesting thing about Laura Croft was the fact that she came from wealthy aristocratic English family. Despite, her wealthy background the fact that Laura Croft is an archeologist and a treasure hunter who was willing to put her life on the line made her an interesting character. While Laura Croft is the main character of Tomb Raider she not necessarily a traditional hero like Samus Aran from Metroid. In fact, Laura Croft is viewed as one of the first major female anti-heroes of gaming which largely contributed to her overall popularity as a character. The original Tomb Raider game became so popular that it managed to reach over 7.1 million copies in sales on the PS1 worldwide. In fact, the original Tomb Raider title ended up becoming the seventh best-selling PS1 game of all time. In terms of the revenue Eidos Interactive earned over $14 million while becoming one of the most successful titles the company released during the mid 90’s.
The original Tomb Raider game was eventually remastered back in ’07 for various game systems including Xbox 360, PS2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, and PSP. The first three Tomb Raider games from ’96-’98 ended up becoming so popular that a movie based on the series ended being released back in ’01. The first Tomb Raider movie that featured Angelina Jolie with a budget of $115 million ultimately drew over $274 million within the box office following its release. The Tomb Raider franchise ended up producing one of the greatest video game movies of all-time; while solidifying Laura Croft as one of the top-tier female characters in gaming.