The flickering torches, precarious ledges, crushing walls, and one tough-as-nails heroine are back in a new adventure for the popular Tomb Raider franchise, the first to appear on a Nintendo platform. This title is also the first Tomb Raider game to feature a 2D side-scrolling viewpoint.
Lara gets involved in yet another perilous adventure after speaking with her friend, Professor Igor Bowmane, who summons her from the University of Moscow to investigate a strange item known as The Nightmare Stone. Legend has it that an evil deity called Quaxet was bound to the stone after the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans worked together to rid themselves of his terrible power. The last known location of this stone was inside an obelisk deep within a temple.
Things were quiet for some time as the stone was kept safely from harm's way. Now it seems certain parties are interested in the manuscript detailing the story behind the artifact, which is definitely cause for alarm. This forces Lara on a journey to Peru to meet up with Professor Bowmane's friend and fellow curator, Illiat, in front of the sacred temple where the relic exists. As Lara makes her way to Peru and then the mysterious temple, she runs across something disturbing: the broken glasses of a certain curator in an abandoned camp near the temple. What had happened to Illiat? Is The Nightmare Stone in danger of being captured?
All this is fine and good, you say, but what exactly do you do in this first portable version of Tomb Raider? You'll be able to look on with admiration as Lara mows down foes with her dual pistols, freeing her to run, jump, and roll from dangers such as spikes, lava, and other traps. Those who would rather focus on the mission at hand instead of Lara's ample bosom will partake in an adventure that spans five levels ranging from 5 to 15 maps in size, with each map consisting of multiple screens in length.
Enemy characters include the likes of humans, birds, skeletons, and other unsavory types, all of which can be defeated with a few well-aimed shots from your pistols. If the enemies prove too daunting for you, power-ups are available to transform your weapons to the equivalent of shotguns and machine guns. Other items include dynamite sticks, keys, and various artifacts.
PLAYERS: 1 Player
GENRE: Action & Adventure
RELEASE YEAR: 2000