Lara Croft: a beautiful and fiercely independent archaeologist. True to the game's name, the main story involved Lara exploring tombs and ruins in search of ancient artifacts. The game was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. It was released first for the Sega Saturn but became available soon after for the Playstation, PC, and mac. The game proved extremely successful and spawned the now legendary Tomb Raider franchise. The game was rereleased with two extra chapters in 1998 as Tomb Raider Gold, and was later remade by Crystal Dynamics with updated graphics and gameplay. This remake was dubbed Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
StoryThe game opens with a short cutscene in Los Alamos, New Mexico. A nuclear test in the dessert causes an earthquake which reveals an ancient artifact. The game then jumps forward to present day, where Lara is given a cryptic mission by Ms. Jacqueline Natla through a laptop delivered to her by Natla's assistant Larson. Lara's interest is piqued when she is informed that there is an ancient artifact - the Scion - in the unexplored tomb of Qualopec in Peru. Lara takes on the mission, and the game begins.
Tomb Raider was widely lauded by the public and press. The cutting edge graphics, atmospheric, intuitive gameplay, and almost unheard of use of a female protagonist caught the public's attention. The game was a huge financial success that turned Eidos Interactive's financial woes around over night. Lara Croft herself became an icon even outside of video games, appearing on magazine covers and eventually branching into Hollywood. Two Tomb Raider films were made featuring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.