Tomb Raider was Computer Games Strategy Plus ' s overall game of the year and won the magazine's award for the year's best "3D Action" game as well. Less than a year after its release, Electronic Gaming Monthly ranked the PlayStation version of Tomb Raider the 54th-best console video game of all time, particularly citing its vast and compelling areas to explore.
They praised it for Lara's appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. At release, Tomb Raider topped the British charts a record three times,  and contributed substantially to the success of the PlayStation. This made it the country's highest-selling PlayStation title for the period. In , Next Generation listed Tomb Raider as number 22 on its "Top 50 Games of All Time", commenting that, "Fantastic level design and art direction enabled a real feeling of exploration and accomplishment.
When you played Tomb Raider , you felt like a tomb raider. It won a multitude of Game of the Year awards from leading industry publications. Releasing to poor critical reception and lackluster sales, Eidos Interactive transferred the franchise to another development studio they owned, Crystal Dynamics , who would reboot the series in with Tomb Raider: Legend.
Following the release of Tomb Raider , Lara Croft herself became a gaming icon, seeing unprecedented media cross promotion. These included commercials for cars and foodstuffs, an appearance on the cover of The Face , and requests for sponsorship from outside companies. While Gard enjoyed working at Core Design, he wished to have greater creative control, and disliked Eidos's treatment of Lara Croft in promotional material, which focused on her sexuality at the expense of her in-game characterisation.
After the release of Legend , Crystal Dynamics created a remake of Tomb Raider using the Legend engine and continuity. Gard acted as one of the story designers, fleshing out both the main narrative and Lara's characterisation. Fan interest in the game has continued since its original release. In January , a version for the Game Boy Advance was released, which attracted attention from several media outlets.
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Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business Overview. Tomb Raider Gold. Initial Release: March Platforms: Windows and Macintosh only. The Gold Edition of Tomb Raider adds two new chapters to the original release. The first chapter takes place in Egypt, and occurs several months after the. Tomb Raider Gold: Platinum Edition brings back the classic adventure that reshaped how computer games are played. Lara Croft's adventures begin here -- all.