Tomb Raider (1996)

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This page is for the original game. For the remake, see Tomb Raider: Anniversary. For the reboot, see Tomb Raider (2013).

Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider cover
Core Design
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
DOS November 14, 1996
Windows 1997
Mac OS (Classic) March 1999
Windows (DOSBox) May 30, 2012
Tomb Raider (1996) guide on StrategyWiki
Tomb Raider (1996) on MobyGames
Tomb Raider (1996) on Wikipedia
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (1996) 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Lara Croft (series)
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013
Lara Croft GO 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018

Key points

Use Tomb Raider Automated Fix or Tomb Raider Retail Fix to run the game on modern systems without DOSBox.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]
PC version is missing some of the content of the PlayStation version, particularly some music tracks and higher quality cutscenes. Use the Retail/Automated Fix or GliDOS to restore the content.

General information

Lara Croft Wiki - A detailed wiki for the Tomb Raider series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Stella's Website - Walkthroughs, workarounds and downloads
TombRaider Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
See Run the game without DOSBox.
Mac OS
Includes Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider III. DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Includes Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider III.
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]

Version differences[edit]

Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business (Tomb Raider Gold) is a complete edition with four exclusive levels. This version is not sold digitally, however the levels were later released as freeware for those who own the base game.

Essential improvements[edit]

Run the game without DOSBox[edit]

Comes with additional useful features.
Install Tomb Raider Automated Fix (Unfinished Business bonus chapter included)[4]
  1. Download Tomb Raider Automated Fix.
  2. Extract the executable anywhere on your PC and run it.
  3. Follow the installation instructions after pointing to your Tomb Raider 1 installation location.
    • Decide on any of the included improvements, including higher quality cutscenes from the PlayStation or remastered cutscenes.
  4. Complete the installation.
    • Edit tombati.ini and tombub.ini in the Patches folder for advanced settings.
  5. Launch dosbox.exe for a custom launcher that provides a choice between Tomb Raider 1 and Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business.
  6. Launch tombati.exe to play the main game directly.
  7. Launch tombub.exe to play the bonus chapter directly.
Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix[5]
  1. Create any folder on your PC and name it to whatever you wish.
  2. Copy the DATA and FMV folders to the folder you've created.
    • For the Retail version, look for these folders on the CD-ROM.
    • For the and Steam versions, extract GAME.GOG with UniExtract to get these folders.
  3. Download Tomb Raider Fix.
  4. Extract all files in the fix folder to the folder you've created, replacing existing files.
  5. Install both redistributable versions in the VC_Redist x86-x64 folder.
  6. Check How To Install.txt to get more info about available features.
  7. Launch Tombati.exe to play the main game.
  8. Launch Tombub.exe in the Unfinished Business folder to play the bonus chapter.

Enable full draw distance[edit]

Enable full draw distance[citation needed]
  1. Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix.
  2. Go into Patches and open tombati.ini.
  3. Set draw_distance_override to true.
  4. Do the same for Unfinished Business\patches\tombub.ini.

Enable PlayStation water color palette[edit]

Enable PS1 water color palette[citation needed]
  1. Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix.
  2. Go into Patches and open tombati.ini.
  3. Set watercolor_override to true.
  4. Do the same for Unfinished Business\patches\tombub.ini.

"Shadow of the Cat" and "Unfinished Business" bonus chapters[edit]

Manual download and install[6]
  1. Download the Unfinished Business (3dfx version) archive from Stella's Tomb Raider site
  2. Unpack the archive and copy DATA/ and tombub.exe to <path-to-game>/TOMBRAID/
  3. Make a duplicate of <path-to-game>/dosboxTR_single.conf and name it dosboxTR_UB.conf
  4. Edit your newly created dosboxTR_UB.conf by replacing the line tomb.exe with tombub.exe
  5. Make a copy of your Tomb Raider shortcut, open its properties and edit the target-field by replacing the single occurrence of dosboxTR_single.conf with dosboxTR_UB.conf.
  6. Finally, rename the shortcut to something meaningful, e.g. "Tomb Raider - Unfinished Business", and run it.

Hide 3dfx splash screen[edit]

Change DOSBox setting[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file (dosboxTR.conf for digital versions).
  2. Go to the [glide] section.
  3. Add a new line: splash=false
  4. Save your changes.


Braid Mod adds the strangely longtime missing braid to Lara's hair. Also includes a patch for the final secret in game as it originally wasn't counted due to a glitch. Secret patch available standalone here.
Crocodile Distance Patch fixes the crocodile in the Tomb of Tihocan level so it can't kill you from over a distance or while you're in other parts of the level.
Rerendered soundtrack is a high quality rerender of the soundtrack, requires GliDOS or the Retail/Automated Fix.
Unfinished Business with added music triggers makes UB levels more atmospheric with proper music trigger events.
TombATI/GLRage runs ATI 3D Rage on Windows 10.
John Capon's textures retextures all levels to much higher details.[7]

Tomb Raider Mouse Helper[edit]

Tomb Raider Mouse Helper is a utility which allows controlling Lara with the mouse. It also maps the WASD keys to enable a more modern, keyboard+mouse control scheme.

Works with both the original DOS version (through DOSBox) and the Windows version (the Automated/Retail Fix version above).


OpenTomb is an open source remake of the Tomb Raider engine. It overhauls almost all aspects of the game engine, along with adding cross-platform support for modern operating systems and Lua scripting support.

Important links regarding the project:

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SETTINGS.DAT
Windows <path-to-game>\SETTINGS.DAT[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*
Windows <path-to-game>\TOMBRAID\SAVEGAME.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


DOSBox settings ( version)
DOSBox settings ( version)
Detail levels menu.
Detail levels menu.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
No mouse-look
Controller support
Full controller support
Normally maxes out at 4 buttons but can be worked around using JoyToKey. For full XInput support see here
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translations by TombRaiderS, #1, #2.
Fan translation by «ElikaStudio».
Fan translation.
Fan translation.

Issues fixed[edit]

Menu spins with a controller connected[edit]

Change DOSBox timing[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file (dosboxTR.conf for digital versions).
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false
  3. Save your changes.

Can't Alt+Tab ([edit]

Uninstall[citation needed]
  1. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Uninstall DOSBoxnoalttab. You can now use Alt+Tab and other task-switching commands.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
GL Rage and PowerVR versions only
DOS video modes SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


For game mods visit Core Design.

A port of GliDOS's hires texture packs for TombATI (the "Tomb Raider Fix" at the top of this article) is available here.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/224960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.