The original Lara Croft is back, courtesy of Tomb Raider Reloaded.
And yes, that sounds very much as if we’re getting a remastered version of all the original games, bundled together as Tomb Raider Reloaded. But that’s not quite the case, nor is there some super-elaborate collector’s edition waiting in the wings.
Instead, Tomb Raider Reloaded is a mobile game that takes some of the pre-reboot Lara’s escapades and turns them into a top down action game. Sure, there might be a remaster currently in development, but Tomb Raider Reloaded isn’t it.
The good news is the game does seem to tap into the nostalgia factor of the original Tomb Raider games, right up until Tomb Raider: Underworld. Yes, the famous T-Rex encounter from the original game is in there, as is Lara’s original outfit.
Even better, actor Keeley Hawes is returning as Lara. She voiced the character from Tomb Raider Legend onwards, before the series was rebooted in 2013. Developed in part by Emerald City Games, the game claims to be “..an action-filled adventure as they jump into the boots of groundbreaking hero Lara Croft on her swan-diving, cliff-climbing, back-flipping quest to obtain the ancient Scion artifact”.
And, we have to admit, it looks rather fun in motion, though it looks like there’s more shooting than actual climbing going on. You’ll be able to unlock rewards including Lara Croft’s bomber jacket. We’re assuming Lara’s red sunglasses are in there somewhere too.
You can pre-register for the game on the Google Play store, and it’ll also be coming to iOS, both arriving this February 14th. It’s free-to-play though given that it contains in-app purchases, we’ll have to wait and see just how much fun Tomb Raider Reloaded actually is.