It’s been pretty long since I’ve written a review around here, and you must “thank” my new PSP for it, the little spare time I have goes to my toy .
Anyhow… Eidos sent us the mobile edition of their latest release – Tomb Raider Anniversary. In the pack there were 2 extra mobile games – Sola Rola and Kane and Lynch, that we’ll review pretty soon.
I’m sure everybody knows – or at least should – what Tomb Raider is all about. It’s that great success series started back in ’98 – please ed correct me if I’m wrong -, having lots of fans (the extremely sexy game hero did help). You surely remember those nice action movies starring the yummy Angelina Jolie. As for the mobile game… ell, I don’t think many people have heard of it, but I did get to play a couple of the mobile games..
Let’s see what these games are about. I’m going to talk about all of them because – good or bad, it’s for you to decide – there is almost no change from the first release. You naturally play the role of Lara Croft and go visit some ancient sites. The game looks like a classic arcade platformer, you can push and drag large stone blocks, shoot enemies, climb stairs, climb down ropes, jump, run, and so on. The good thing in these series is that you simply don’t know what to expect. I really like the puzzles and mistery, this is the reason I kept playing in spite or dying at the middle of the stage, thus restarting it on and on. You never know what switch to push – some are impossible to reach so you are able to shoot them, you search for artifacts and the exit but to get there you have to dodge all kind of traps, etc. Medipacks make your life easier, and the bonus artifacts make you coming for more.
The best thing about this game is that although is not impressive from sound and graphical point of view it is able to give the player a feeling somewhat resembling the console or PC games, meaning the mystery and the pleasure of discovery. Too bad it doesn’t offer a bit nicer graphics of Lara Croft, whom on the mobile screen looks a bit too much like Indiana Jones, Mario or any other platform character as a matter of fact.
Given this, and in spite of the intricate levels, I honestly fear this game won’t appeal to many people except the long-term Tomb Raider fans. But, in the end, this is gonna be your choice, so please let me know how it works for you.