Tomb Raider for iOS: A Vital Dose of Treasure Hunting Nostalgia

By Tom Pritchard on at
Considering most smartphone apps have better hardware than many classic consoles, it makes sense that games companies would re-release their most popular titles for mobiles. Tomb Raider is the latest of such releases, joining the likes of Grand Theft Auto, and Sonic the Hedgehog to make the recent leap.


What is it?
Nice and simple, it's an iOS port of the 1998 re-release of the original Tomb Raider game, featuring everything from the original game, plus two bonus chapters. Run, jump, shoot, and swing your way through a variety of ancient tombs and ruins to collect all the pieces of the ancient artefact known as the Scion. Sounds spooky but also awesome, a great combo.


Why do we like it?
This is the first game to really succeed in the action/archaeology gaming genre, something even Indiana Jones couldn't do. Without Tomb Raider, you could argue that we wouldn't have the likes of Nathan Drake or Temple Run. Plus it's a nice throwback to the late '90s, when life was just plain better than it is now (who needs broadband when you can go to a Spice Girls concert?) Plus, you get to fight a T-Rex -- who wouldn't want to do that?
Tomb Raider I, Download this app for: iOS, £0.69
The Best: Great price; same great game play as the original
The Worst: Graphics could've done with an overhaul, they look pretty dated 17 years on.