Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider
Publisher: Eidos (US/EU), Victor Soft (JP)
System(s): Sega Saturn
ROM size: 488MB
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn JP 1997-01-24 ¥5,800 T-6010G
Sega Saturn JP (Satakore) 1998-02-11 ¥2,800 T-9113G
Sega Saturn US 1996-11-18 $? T-7910H
Sega Saturn EU 1996-10-24 £44.99 MK81086-50
Sega Saturn BR 199x $? 193516

Tomb Raider is a highly successful video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos in 1996. It was the first in a long line of Tomb Raider games. For some reason, Victor Soft, who published the game in Japan, pluralized the title to Tomb Raiders (トゥームレイダース).

Initially developed with the Sega Saturn in mind, the game was quickly ported to the Sony PlayStation and PCs.


At the time of release Tomb Raider was considered a revolutionary title, combining platforming, puzzle solving and action sequences together in a 3D environment, something that, until this point, had not been done before. It was often said to be a 3D alternative to Prince of Persia (until, of course, 3D Prince of Persia games were released). Tomb Raider was also notable for starring a female protagonist, Lara Croft.

Saturn Version

Despite being the target platform for the game, the Saturn version of Tomb Raider is widely considered to be the weakest of the three ports, primarily due to the way the Saturn hardware handles 3D graphics. There are also minor differences to level layouts (specifically some secret areas) because the Saturn version was rushed to launch three months before the PlayStation copy.

The Saturn Tomb Raider runs faster than its PlayStation counterpart in many situations, however the graphics are simpler (particularly when it comes to lighting - the Saturn lacks reflections on the save crystals as well as alpha transparency), and the game is unusually dark in comparison. Pre-rendered videos are also slightly smaller in terms of resolution, although the Saturn's D-Pad is regarded as being more suitable to this game than the PlayStation's.



With the Saturn's failure to attract the greater market share, development for the sequels were focused on Sony's console, and Lara Croft became an unofficial mascot for the system. The Tomb Raider series would not see a return to Sega platforms until Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation on the Sega Dreamcast.

The original Tomb Raider was re-made in the 2007 release of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Sega Saturn 94 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 7 reviews
Publication Score Source
100 №181, p74/75/76
95 №49, p34/35/36/37
94 №50, p28-33Media:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf
90 №69, p85/86/87
93 №86, p40/41/42/43
92 №13, p70/71
Saturn, US
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Tombraider sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
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Saturn, JP
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Tomb Raider Sega Saturn Japan Manual.pdf
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
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TombRaider SS jp manual Satakore.pdf
Saturn, BR
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