20 Years Celebration Spotlight: Mobile Games

As announced a while ago, ROTTR Web will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider by (among other things) walking down the Tomb Raider memory lane with you! In the spotlight today:Tomb Raider Mobile Games!
Since everything must come to an end sometime – sooner or later – this will be the last article in the spotlight series. I hope everyone of you enjoyed the recaps and flashbacks to every Tomb Raider game released by now. We will have a short voting on the most loved Tomb Raider game by the end of this year, keep an eye out!

This article will, in contrast to previous released articles, feature three games at once. This means, it will also have a slightly different structure.
The Tomb Raider games caused a huge hype and a worldwide phenomenon which, of course, led to creating fan articles, merchandise, music, statues and so on. Besides bringing a Tomb Raider game to the ‘real world’ with ‘The Angel of Darkness’ board game, released in 2003, or Tomb Raider themed card games, with the wave of Smartphones almost everybody owns these days, another field was opened for Lara Croft to find adventures. So far, there are three major mobile games for Android/iOS/Winows:

  • Lara Croft: Reflections
  • Lara Croft: Relic Run
  • Lara Croft GO

It should also be noted, that Tomb Raider I, II and ‘Guardian of Light’ have also been released for mobile devices.

The Games:

  • Lara Croft: Reflections
    LCR was released in the first quarter of 2014 by Square Enix and developed by Square Enix Japan (Smile Lab) and RenRen Games. It is described as ‘a collectible card battle adventure game for mobile’ where the player can explore ancient myths, collect powerful weapons, and fight epic bosses. The game can be played on Apple’s mobile devices with iOS 6.1 or later and is free of charge. However, in June 2015 the server close-down was announced.


  • Lara Croft: Relic Run
    Relic Run is an adventure-runner game, developed by Crystal Dynamics and Simutronics, published in 2015 for Android, iOS and Windows.
    In this endless-runner game similar to Temple Run, Lara Croft has to unearth the truth by collecting clues to uncover ancient relics on her search for fellow treasure hunter Carter Bell. Locations are Cambodia – Jungle Temple (40 levels), Sahara – Desert Ruins (40 levels) and Tibet – Mountain Pass (40 levels).
    Besides wonderful locations, Lara can also profit from a large range of gear, weapons, outfits and – of course – enemies.
  • Key features:
        • Make your way through multiple ancient locations – each filled with secrets and danger
        • Power up Lara’s weapons and engage in frantic combat
        • Use parkour moves to create death-defying last minute escapes
        • Fast-paced vehicles like ATVs and motorcycles give Lara more ways to conquer the terrain
        • Epic Boss Fights – including the return of the infamous T-Rex!
        • Swap and upgrade equipment to give Lara the edge
        • Earn bragging rights on the leaderboards
        • Outsmart and sabotage your friends by Cursing their Relic Run 



  • Lara Croft GO
    Lara Croft GO was developed by Square Enix Montreal and published by Square Enix in 2015 for Smartphones and Tablet PC’s running iOS, Windows 8.1 or higher and Android. Unlike Relic Run, it is not a free to play game. A few days ago, the game was also released for PS4 and PS Vita.
    The game is centered around solving puzzles. Lara searches for ‘The Atlas of Beyond‘, a mysterious artefact, hidden in an abandoned underground temple complex in the jungle. Murderous traps, malicious enemies and tricky puzzles are waiting for Lara to overcome.
    The official soundtrack can be downloaded below:

Final Words:
Thank you very much for making it to the last article in the spotlight series! I hope you enjoyed your read as much as I enjoyed writing it and going back to the TR roots.
If you have any questions, comments, feedback, etc. feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail!

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