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Tomb Raider
Publisher: Eidos (US/EU), Victor Soft (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
ROM size: 488MB
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (56 tracks)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-6010G
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 T-9113G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-7910H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99 Media:CVG UK 181.pdf[1] MK81086-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81086-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81086-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81086-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 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.

Gameplay

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.

History

Legacy

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.

Magazine articles

Main article: Tomb Raider/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

UltraGamePlayers US 093.pdf UltraGamePlayers US 093.pdf

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Ultra Game Players (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)

SSM JP 19970214 1997-03.pdf

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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #39: "1997-03 (1997-02-14)" (1997-01-31)

SaturnPower UK 01.pdf

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Saturn Power (UK) #1: "June 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №181, p74-76Media:CVG UK 181.pdf[1]Media:CVG UK 181.pdf
16 2006-07-08
78 №424, p31
91 December 1996
95 №49, p34/35/36/37
79 1996-12-01
94
94 №50, p28-33Media:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf[3]Media:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf
90 №69, p85/86/87
93 №86, p40/41/42/43
92 №13, p70/71Media:SSM_UK_13.pdf[4]Media:SSM_UK_13.pdf
67 №1997-02, p222Media:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf[5]Media:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf
90 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[6]Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
13 reviews

Saturn, US
TombRaider Sat US backcover.jpgTombRaider Sat US cover.jpg
Cover
TombRaider Sat US disc.jpg
Disc
Tombraider sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
Tomb Raider Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
TombRaider saturn eu cd.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
TombRaiders Saturn JP Box Back.jpgTombRaiders Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
TombRaider Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
TombRaider Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Tomb Raider Sega Saturn Japan Manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
TombRaiders Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgTombRaider Sat JP Satakore cover.jpg
Cover
TombRaider Saturn JP Spinecard Satakore.jpg
Spinecard
TombRaider Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
Disc
TombRaider SS jp manual Satakore.pdf
Manual
Saturn, BR
TombRaider Sat BR cover.jpg
Cover
TombRaiderSaturnBrManual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 181.pdf, page 74
  2. File:CVG UK 180.pdf, page 49
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf, page 28
  4. File:SSM_UK_13.pdf, page 70
  5. File:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf, page 224
  6. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11