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Tomb Raider Reloaded review - "Lara Croft is back and mobile"

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Tomb Raider Reloaded review - "Lara Croft is back and mobile"

Even people who don’t play video games have heard of Lara Croft - better known as the Tomb Raider - and with Lara still having a presence in the gaming world, CDE Entertainment has made their take on her adventures on mobile with Tomb Raider Reloaded. This 3D top-down level-based adventure sees Croft exploring a number of ruins and other dangerous locations. As she hunts for gold and relics, she's equipped with only one weapon to defend herself against enemies, supernatural or otherwise. You will take what you can get from each attempt to improve your loadout and have a better chance at success.

What about Tomb Raider Reloaded?

Tomb Raider Reloaded - Lara standing with a gun

The standard Tomb Raider story is as follows: Lara Croft hears a legend about some ancient relic guarded by an ancient civilization. The problem is that other people (who may or may not be bad guys) hear about it too and set off to get it. So, Lara sets off to get it first, braving all the ancient puzzles and hostile creatures that stand in her way.

Tomb Raider Reloaded is similar, with the absence of human bad guys. She's just doing it for the thrills and for the potential to recover something historically significant or at the very least valuable. Make sure you outfit her with all the best gear before you go raiding.

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Tomb Raider Reloaded review

This is possibly the closest that Tomb Raider has ever come to being an arcade game, which Tomb Raider Reloaded should take with pride. It calls back to some of the older games which were separated into chambers that were either about navigating, puzzle-solving, or fighting. This game literally does that by separating each area into multiple stages. You never know exactly what you're going to get going in for the first time. The good news is that each chamber gives you a decent window at the start to assess the situation before the danger arrives.

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That being said, you're able to respond quite quickly and sharply. You can control Lara with solid accuracy and at a place that won't disorient you. Since Lara can only shoot while standing still, this feeds into a strategic element that fits well. Enemy and boss chambers challenge you to find safe places to shoot consistently to deal the most amount of damage while still leaving yourself an escape route as needed.
The presentation is also something to note as it seems to draw from the classic Tomb Raider games.

Although more recent entries have become much darker and grittier, this one is all about fun and colour. The assets are rounded and bright, but still have sharp edges and angles to emphasise certain details. Even though the top-down view puts you at a distance, you're still able to appreciate all the elements.

Tomb Raider Reloaded Misses some Shots

Tomb Raider Reloaded - bullets flying around

The Tomb Raider games are not what one might call "easy", and Tomb Raider Reloaded is definitely not either. It follows the same path as many other free-to-play games in that it gives you enough strength early on to boost confidence only to rip it away just as fast. While some of the chambers have some design behind them, a good number of them default to the strategy of overwhelm-the-player-with-enemies-spawning-everywhere. At this point, the game becomes all about luck rather than skill.

Then, as much as it may look that way, the levels aren't randomly generated. Each area will always have the same levels with the same structures in the same order with no surprises. Once you learn this, all it takes is some memorisation and patience - that is if you have enough resources to do so. Lara needs every bit of loot she can get to stand a chance, and the drops from the shop are not as valuable as they could be. So, this means you have to spend your precious and limited Tickets to grind stages in hopes of gaining enough loot and experience to make it through later areas that will throw more and more enemies at you.

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Lara Croft aiming a gun at a camera

Tomb Raider Reloaded is a 3D top-down mobile action shooter about Lara Croft going through various chambers, getting loot, and slaying creatures. It's a fast, fun, and colourful take on an action-packed IP that still feels challenging with reliable controls. Frustratingly, the difficulty can ramp up too fast with boring enemy-mob tactics that require you to grind a lot just to get a handful of possibly useful gear. Should you decide to brave the temples, prepare to do a lot of reloading.

Tomb Raider Reloaded review - "Lara Croft is back and mobile"

Tomb Raider returns in a mobile form plus a more stylised look, with top-down action-adventure levels to beat, treasures to find, and grinding to do so that you can progress.