Tomb Raider Reloaded game review: Experience Lara Croft from a different perspective

Fails to capture on the nostalgia and doesn't feel like the classic Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider Reloaded is the new adventure title developed by Emerald City Games and brought to you by CDE Entertainment. The developers made sure to let the interested players know that they will be delivering Tomb Raider from a whole different perspective. Well, they were not lying, the game is a shadow of the versions available for PC and consoles. The most clearly visible difference is the viewpoint perspective while the hit titles on PC and Consoles were based on a third person based perspective, Tomb Raider Reloaded is rather an isometric stage-clearing title where each level offers some repetitive and some unique monsters to slay. In this Tomb Raider Reloaded Review, we will try and express our views on the game.

Fight monsters, recover relics, and explore abandoned ruins as Lara

Starting our Tomb Raider Reloaded Review, we would like to mention that the game offers everything a Tomb Raider game offers on paper, the adventurous journey that the players will undertake while on their way to fight monsters in the abandoned ruins. The game as said before is based on a level clearing gameplay and delivers a very different gaming experience for fans who have already played the console versions.

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If you are someone who is into isometric action-like gameplay then this might be just the game you were looking for, however, if you prefer a more classic Tomb Raider experience then don’t even bother to venture into the game as it is really not even the shadow of the console and PC versions.

The game has been recently released, hence more features and details might be added after its first update is released. However no update will change the gameplay style of the game, hence don’t expect great things if you are a classic Tomb Raider fan.

Tomb Raider Reloaded offers gameplay similar to Archero

The game does not have much to offer when it comes to gameplay, it is a simple movement-based gameplay very similar to another popular game, Archero. The title offers stage-clearing gameplay where there are a number of uniquely created levels each offering different layouts of maps and enemies to tackle with. As you progress through each level, you’ll be able to stack abilities and perks such as piercing shots, experience boosts, and much more.

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Players are made to control the movement of the character, where doing the attacks of the enemies is the way forward. The enemies in the game, have different patterns of attacks which makes the gameplay a bit interesting and adds a little unpredictability to the game. Needless to say, as you keep on progressing further down in the stage, the levels keep on getting harder and more enemies to spawn in the round.

The game lacks content and gets repetitive really quick

Tomb Raider is known for being set in visually appealing settings, part of which has a lot to do with its success on a global stage, however, with Tomb Raider Reloaded given the change in gaming perspective, it is hard to relate. Tomb Raider has a dedicated fanbase with the fans appreciating the artwork and designing levels of the developers along with the thrilling adventure the game offers. Nothing as such is there in the new Tomb Raider Reloaded.

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Image via Emerald City Games

The stages in the game while being developed and designed quite uniquely all have the same linear formula which is based on dungeon clearing sort of gameplay where once you kill all the enemies in one level you progress to another one, nothing fancy other than that.

You get to choose powerups at the end of clearing a level and then you go again, the cycle continues, making it quite repetitive. The only thing in common with this and the PC, Console versions is the fact that you are Lara Croft.

The game has some Tomb Raider references for making the story as engaging as possible

As of now, there is just a single linear level-based game mode in the game, which is divided across uniquely developed maps each offering challenges of its own. The new mobile game is the first game to offer an isometric level clearing experience in Tomb Raider history, and it shows, not to be too critical but more content should be added in the future for players to get a true Tomb Raider experience on their mobile devices.

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The game promises to take them on an adventure to locations from other games in the franchise like the City of Vilcabamba, the Lost Valley, and St. Francis’ Folly. It will also feature characters like Winston, Anaya Imanu, and even Werner Von Croy. This will help connect to the game and stay invested for a longer span of time while playing the game.

There is a dedicated weapon crafting system in the game where players can craft better weapons in the game and get higher-tier weapons and armor for Lara. The game tries to take inspiration and influence from the classic Tomb Raider titles by offering a mix of adventure and action, with players wielding Lara’s iconic twin pistols and diving deep into ancient locations for a globetrotting adventure.

Final Verdict

The game, Tomb Raider Reloaded is a new step in the series toward something the series has not experienced or delivered in its history. Hence it will be harsh to be very critical of the game, yes it is not what someone like myself, being a Tomb Raider fan would expect from the title.

But it surely can be improved and worked upon in the future by the developers once they will get enough experience in making titles like these. The biggest change is of course the change in the gaming perspective where players have an isometric view of the game and only control the movement where the attack is completely AI-generated.

This is something not every classic Tomb Raider fan will appreciate given how different the console and PC versions are, which are the reason behind the title’s success. However, there is definitely a small section of the mobile gaming community that might like this gameplay-based approach.

Tomb Raider Reloaded Review by Gamingonphone

Gameplay Mechanics - 6.5
Gamemodes - 6
Graphics and Music - 6
Controls and UI - 7
Free-to-Play Elements - 7



Tomb Raider Reloaded is a new step in the series toward something it has not delivered in its history, but again this will not be appreciated by classic Tomb Raider fans given how different the console and PC versions are.

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Will we ever have a hot Lara Croft again?


Only time will tell.


You are being very forgiving because this game comes from a franchise you love. I love Tomb Raided games too and I have been playing since PS1 but this won’t stop me from acknowledging that this game is a copy paste from Archero and it offers Nothing more than easter eggs for old fans who -as you said- won’t appreciate this game anyway. So why did they bother to make this game? Because it’ll sell with the in-app purchases. But who said that we needed a second Archero? If you do then you can find a bunch of other rip-offs on… Read more »

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