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Tomb Raider Legend review

Touchy-feely Lara Croft action - not actually as fun as it sounds...


  • All the moves of 'big' Lara
  • Can be fun between deaths
  • Um...


  • Incredibly frustrating gameplay
  • Tiny
  • tiny graphics
  • Extremely poor combat

This DS version of Tomb Raider: Legend is a strange blend of the other versions of the game, from GBA to PS2. It takes the facile side-scrolling gameplay of the GBA version, allows for simple 3D movement on top of that and then shoehorns in all the puzzles from the grown-up GameCube version with the same ferocity that a cat shoves its face into a mousehole. What else is different? It isn't very good.

While on GBA you can steam-roll through lots of sections, here the 3D plains and the dark-o-visuals mean that you have a hell of a time trying to line-up each of those jumps - most of the time, it feels like you're trying to slide down your stairs' banisters blindfolded, while wearing one of those hilariously padded It's A Knockout sumo costumes. That's at the best of times, of course - when you can actually see where you're going.

Above: The touch-screen is usually taken up with your inventory - a real missed opportunity

More Info

DescriptionBullets, breasts, and brain-busters thrust Legends back into classic territory.
Franchise nameTomb Raider
UK franchise nameTomb Raider
PlatformPSP, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PC, GameCube, DS
US censor ratingTeen
Release date20 June 2006 (US), 30 June 2006 (UK)