Recent Posts

Tomb Raider

Guest Blog: The Final Voyage – The Fated Journey of the Endurance

In this special guest article by Jaden, writer and admin of The Sudden Stop, we take a look at the renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, whose ill-fated voyage to Antarctica and subsequent shipwreck inspired the narrative of the best-selling 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. The Final Voyage The Fated Journey of the Endurance Written by Jaden For Tomb Raider (2013), Crystal Dynamics took inspiration from myths and historical icons to create a tangible world within a blend of different cultures and backgrounds. While Lara’s determination led her to search for the lost island of ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

First Official Pics of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Official Synopsis Released

Tomb Raider fans may have got their very first glimpse of Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft back in early February when the Daily Mail Online published a number of photos from the South Africa-based set but it wasn’t until earlier this week that we got the first official publicity shots and synopsis for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot film. MGM and Warner Bros teamed up with Vanity Fair, Vogue, Self, and GQ for some exclusive coverage of the 2018 film, which included interviews with director Roar Uthaug, actress Alicia Vikander, and Vikander’s personal trainer, Magnus Lygdbäck. ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge

Quite a few Tomb Raider fans and fansite admins have been taking part in the “Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge” over on Twitter and other social media this month and while I’m normally useless at keeping up with daily challenges, I thought I’d go ahead and jump on the proverbial bandwagon. The Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge was launched by Portuguese fansite The Croft Tomb a couple of years ago and covers the full scope of the Tomb Raider franchise, from the games themselves to the spin-off media and movies. Participants are encouraged to post one reply per day (it *is* a ... [Continue Reading]

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Review: Lara Croft Funko Pop! Figure

I’ve been a huge fan of Funko’s uber-cute aesthetic ever since a friend of mine introduced me to their range of Pop! vinyl figures a couple of years ago. What began as a one-off acquisition (a Scarlet Witch Pop! I received from said friend) has since grown into an eclectic collection of superhero and Star Wars figures. So when Funko announced that they were releasing a Lara Croft Pop! figure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, I just couldn’t help myself. Funko’s Pop! range isn’t for everyone. The figures’ oversized heads, ... [Continue Reading]

February 12, 2017 // 3 Comments

First Set Photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Tomb Raider fans have been anxiously waiting for their first look at Alicia Vikander from the set of the upcoming reboot film and, thanks to the Daily Mail Online, they need not wait any longer! The British news site published a number of exclusive photos that show the Swedish actress in action, dangling from wires, holding on to the wing of an airplane that’s seen better days, and sporting an outfit that looks very similar to the one Lara Croft wore in the 2013 game (complete with makeshift cloth bandages). Little is known about the plot of the upcoming film but, based on what ... [Continue Reading]

February 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

Review: Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever

In our latest guest article, South Africa-based writer, cosplayer, and Tomb Raider fan Noelle A (aka Pfangirl) shares her thoughts on Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent’s recent novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever. Please note that the following review may contain some very minor spoilers. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is the second Tomb Raider novel from the husband-wife writing team of Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. This follows 2014’s Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals. Admittedly I wasn’t a fan of that follow-up to the 2013 reboot game, but some good dialogue and a ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2017 // 1 Comment

Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous installments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully reimagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the “Devourer of Souls” Ammit for their 2014 game Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris. This time around, ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on January 26, 2017, and join in the discussion in the Twitch chatroom! Who or What is VALUE? VALUE is a ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider China Publishes 3-Part Article on the Wei Mirror

Those of you who have been following the latest story arc of Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comic series will no doubt be familiar with the Wei Mirror – an ancient artefact dubbed the “Prison of Souls” – that Lara Croft is searching for in her bid to save her friend Sam’s soul from the clutches of the shaman queen Himiko. But did you know that this mirror is modelled after real-life bronze mirrors found at a number of ancient sites in Japan and China? In early January 2017, Tomb Raider China contributor Ade Tong went on her own research expedition to track down ... [Continue Reading]

January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming (but still enjoyable) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the as-yet untitled film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed dead) father. Here’s what you need to know about the cast of the new Tomb Raider film! Alicia ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2017 // 7 Comments

Rhianna Pratchett Bids a Fond Farewell to the ‘Tomb Raider’ Franchise

In their first major announcement of 2017, Crystal Dynamics announced that Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the best-selling games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be parting ways with the Tomb Raider franchise to focus on new projects. The team thanked Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on both games and wrote that she was “instrumental in helping [them] find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story” and shaping Lara Croft “into the evolving heroine we know today”. While the reboot series and its protagonist have proven ... [Continue Reading]

January 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

Lara Croft Funko Figures Heading Our Way in 2017

Lara Croft fans have been calling for a Funko figure for months and it looks like Funko has been listening because the company has announced it will be releasing not one, but TWO figures of the iconic adventurer in 2017. The hyper-stylized 3.75-inch Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure will be available in stores as from January 31, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. If the Pop! vinyl aesthetic isn’t your thing, Funko will also be releasing a Rock Candy version of Ms Croft in March 2017. The 5-inch figure will be released on March 17 and is available for pre-order on ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 5 Comments

‘Star Wars’ Locations That Would Be Great for a ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

Star Wars season is upon us once more as the highly-anticipated anthology film Rogue One is set to hit cinema screens this December! And since I’m as big a Star Wars fangirl as I am a Tomb Raider one, I thought I’d try to find a way to celebrate two of my favourite franchises, albeit with an archaeological twist. The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re well-known attractions such as the pyramids at Giza or Angkor Wat or the less commonly known ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And if being able to play Lara Croft GO (and its expansion ‘Shard of Life’) on the ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the reboot Tomb Raider series, and his chief sources of inspiration for his unique take on the classic ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 0 Comments