There are few people around who don’t know who Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is – and her legacy continues to enthrall new and old fans alike. No matter if its devotees started with the original 1996 PlayStation game that spawned the antics of the talisman-hunting adventurer, or the 2001 Angelina Jolie film, Tomb Raider will go down in history – and has – as one of the greatest franchises. With the reboot of the franchise set to launch soon, let’s look back at Tomb Raider’s legacy – and where fans might want to see Lara go next.
In 2018, Alicia Vikander will don the illustrious shorts and vest combo to chase treasures through tombs as Lara Croft in the reboot. “Her legend begins”, as the tagline says, with Lara living life in the current day as a 21-year-old wandering aimlessly through life, until she stumbles upon a fabled tomb that needs raiding. The excitement for the film shows that audiences are ready to revisit Lara. As does the 32Red Tomb Raider 2 slot review, which explains how the atmosphere of the Lara Croft franchise has been embodied in a slot game. The game’s pulling power shows how popular Lara Croft still is.
The reboot likely comes off the back of the success garnered by the 2013 video game reboot, Tomb Raider, which saw Lara an inexperienced young woman who had to rescue her friends from the clutches of a cult on the fictional island of Yamatai. The game was extremely popular, selling 1 million copies in its first 48 hours of being on sale. The sequel, 2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, was also fairly popular selling over 1 million copies by the end of its first year. The joint success of the reboot and the popularity of the 32 Red Tomb Raider 2 slot shows that gamers still want to engage with Lara Croft, but will cinema-goers give her another chance?
Angelina Jolie may have had a cultural splash of fame off the back of 2001’s Tomb Raider, but the film itself was largely panned by critics. Despite grossing $274,703,340 worldwide, Tomb Raider proved less successful than originally intended, which came with the territory of adapting and breathing narrative into a fairly standard action adventure game. The sequel, 2003’s Cradle of Life was similarly panned by critics, ending the film franchise and sending franchise owners back to the drawing board to keep Lara’s legacy alive. Perhaps Lara’s popularity was the downfall of the films, which couldn’t possibly live up to the expectations of the games. Maybe Indiana Jones would have been similarly lambasted had games been developed first.
Nokia N-Gage were also ahead of their time for receiving Lara Croft content, as in 2003 a mobile friendly version of the game was released for the devices. In 2015 Lara came crashing back onto our phones, and even won the Apple’s iPhone Game of the Year award for Lara Croft Go, which featured the tomb raider in a cross-platform approach. The game is still downloaded and likely acts as a good barometer for the film developers as to how much the audience still wants to interact with Lara Croft. Fans can also engage with Lara Croft in mobile slot form with the Lucky Slots' Tomb Raider slot.
No doubt the 2018 film will enlighten a new era of gamers towards Lara and provide some nice nostalgia for those who were young adults at the time of the original game’s release. The film also marks an exciting possibility for the cross-promotion of further games and ways to interact with Lara, which may be even more advanced come 2018. A Lara Croft VR would definitely prove itself a good way for consumers to get on board VR technology, especially given how well the franchise would work with VR. Or even an augmented reality edition, which would see tombs nearby gamers that needed raiding for treasure.
While the Lara Croft video games defined a generation and paved the way for what could be done and what would be loved in the world of gaming, the films may have fallen short of the mark. However, when looking at Lara Croft’s ongoing legacy, both act companionably towards one another. The films help augment the gameplay, while the game proves as a nice way to become Lara Croft after watching Angelina Jolie raid the tombs.