In the fast-paced world of video game creation, there are few series that have genuinely lasted the test of time. Tomb Raider is one of the rare series that has been consistently released for more than two decades.
With so many titles in the series, it might be difficult to know where to begin. To date, there are 14 Tomb Raider games and two RPG spinoffs. The series has sold more than 82 million copies since its launch.
Between 1996 and 1999, Core Design produced the first trilogy of games. Crystal Dynamics relaunched the series in 2006 after a second trilogy that was less popular.
In this article, we’ll tell you all Tomb Raider games in order of their release date.
- 1 In Which Order to Play Tomb Raider Games?
- 1.1 Order of the classic Tomb Raider Saga
- 1.2 Order of the Legend of Tomb Raider saga
- 1.3 Order of the Tomb Raider reboot saga
In Which Order to Play Tomb Raider Games?
There is a total of 3 sagas in which the series of Tomb Raider is distributed. All three Lara Croft sagas must be taken into consideration while playing any of the Tomb Raider games. Here is a complete list of all the titles so that you may learn about their development from beginning to end:
Order of the classic Tomb Raider Saga
The first of all the sagas was the CLassic Tomb Raider Saga. This saga started in 1996 and carried on till 2002. Here’s a list of all the games in the classic Tomb Raider Saga in order of their release.
1. Tomb Raider
Release Year: 1996
Supported Devices: PlayStation, Game Boy Color, PC and Saturn
To this day, the original Tomb Raider remains one of the best-selling PlayStation games of all time and was the best-selling Tomb Raider title until its 2013 remake.
2. Tomb Raider II – The Dagger of Xian
Release Year: 1997
Supported Devices: Classic Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Android, Sony PlayStation
Tomb Raider 2 was created quickly after the original game’s popularity. New weaponry and vehicles were introduced in Tomb Raider II, which was out a year after the first game’s release.
3. Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft
Release Year: 1998
Supported Devices: Sony PlayStation, Classic Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
The third edition follows in the footsteps of the original, much as the second edition did. Throughout the game, Lara is contracted to rescue four powerful artefacts from an ancient meteorite. She gradually comes to see why her boss is so reliant on them.
4. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Release Year: 1999
Supported Devices: PC, PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast
The fourth game in the series, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, is the first game in the franchise to depart from the franchise’s storyline and the fatigue started to set it.
The Last Revelation, as you would have predicted, provided nothing more than the typical technological improvements—improved visuals, smoother gameplay mechanics, and a few new weapons.
5. Tomb Raider: Chronicles
Release Year: 2000
Supported Devices: Sony PlayStation, Classic Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Sega Dreamcast
Following the events in The Last Revelation, this story is a continuation. A group of friends gathers at the Croft Mansion to pay their respects to Lara Croft and reminisce about her early exploits. There are flashbacks throughout the game.
6. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Release Year: 2003
Supported Devices: Sony PlayStation 2, Mac OS Microsoft Windows
Lara Croft’s journey across Europe to clear her reputation following her mentor’s death was a departure from the normal treasure hunts.
7. Tomb Raider: Legend
Release Year: 2006
Supported Devices: Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 3, PSP, Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, Xbox
When Angel of Death and Chronicles sparked outrage, the game’s creators responded by giving it a fresh coat of paint. Three years were spent completely redoing the game and it was a triumphant achievement.
Order of the Legend of Tomb Raider saga
The next saga was the legend of Tomb Raider Saga. Here are all the games in the series in chronological order.
8. Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Release Year: 2007
Supported devices: Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, PSP, Sony PlayStation 2, Wii, MacOS, Xbox 360
9. Tomb Raider: Underworld
Release Year: 2008
Supported Devices: Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Sony PlayStation 2, Nokia N-Gage 2.0, macOS
10. Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light
Release Year: 2010
Supported Devices: Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, iOS, Android, Xbox
11. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Release Year: 2014
Supported Devices: PlayStation 4, Xbox One Microsoft Windows
Order of the Tomb Raider reboot saga
The formula had worn thin in recent years, so when it came time to relaunch, Crystal Dynamics opted for a fresh approach, this time featuring a more human Lara Croft on an exploration of her identity that would turn her into a genuine survivor.
12. Tomb Raider 2013
Release Year: 2013
Supported Devices: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, macOS, Nvidia Shield, Xbox One, Google Stadia
13. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release Year: 2015
Supported Devices: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Google Stadia, Linux, Xbox 360
14. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Release date: September 14, 2018
Supported devices: Xbox One, macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2 has just been released as the newest instalment to the main series. Despite the fact that the game has been developed by a different team, the gameplay stays the same. Exploration and action are intertwined with riddles in this game. According to the reviews thus far, the game is a big hit.
One of the best-known video game franchises is Tomb Raider. For the most part, contemporary video games are doomed to fail, yet this one has managed to rise from the depths of despair and emerge victorious. Do let us know your reviews of the game and your favourite game in the series.