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Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

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Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness cover
Core Design
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
2003-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-2023 Square Enix
2023-present Crystal Dynamics
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
OS X Aspyr Media
Brazil GreenLeaf
Release dates
Windows June 20, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 18, 2003
Metacritic 49
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Puzzle, TPS, Shooter
Series Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on HowLongToBeat
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on IGDB
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on MobyGames
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on Wikipedia
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
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered 2024


The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is a singleplayer third-person action, adventure, puzzle, TPS and shooter game in the Tomb Raider series.

The Windows version lacks several effects and smaller features from the PlayStation 2 version, and contains flipped texture issues not present on that version. See below for fixes to many of these issues.

On Windows 8 and later, the game does not display properly in fullscreen; use the fullscreen border fix to resolve this. The game also suffers from a bug preventing the loading of saved games, requiring the use of compatibility mode for Windows 7.

General information

The Angel of Darkness at Tomb Raider Forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
macOS (OS X)
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 5 DRM (Polish copies).
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Origin (unavailable)

Essential improvements


Latest build is v52. Use the link below to obtain the latest version. Digital versions are already patched.

Tomb Raider Multi Patch - Works with TR6 even though it only mentions TR2-5.

Individual Patches

In order of release:

Unofficial Remaster Projects

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - Definitive Edition (TRJTA)

An unofficial, PC exclusive, all-encompassing remaster of the game. The graphics, sound, controls, gameplay and storytelling have all received major overhauls, alongside an astounding amount of bug fixes, and restored cut content! The Definitive Edition doesn't require any tinkering with settings, files or other mods. The easy-to-use installer will setup everything correctly. The Definitive Edition is made in collaboration with the team of the Restoration Project. It includes everything that’s included in the Restoration Project + a lot of more additional content: HD remastered graphics and HUD, loads of additional bugfixes for levels and characters, additional audio improvements, Immersion Mode, remastered FMV’s, a custom Setup Wizard, rewritten manuals, improved default keyboard bindings, instantly working pre-configured controller support and a new look for the Launcher. A demo of the project was released on the 22nd of April, 2023. All levels before Louvre Storm Drains are fully remastered. A full release will come in the future.

Mirror Link -

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Restoration Project (reborninshadow)

Massive modpack project aiming to refine story elements and gameplay. Restores unused dialogue and cut gameplay concepts, tweaks the notebook to fix plot holes and general inconsistencies, fixes various level textures and cutscene errors, and adds tutorials for moves the retail game never explains. Contains all of the mods that were packed into the now-unavailable TRAOD Rescued.

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Reborninshadow's AOD Patcher - EXE patch utility that provides many fixes, balancing tweaks, control alterations and enhancements, and more. Support for v49 and v52. Can be used alongside Nakamichi's EXE Multi-Patcher below.
Nakamichi680's TRAOD EXE Multi-Patcher - EXE patch utility that provides many gameplay tweaks and restores certain features/effects to the game.
Startup Configuration Utility - Used to play FMVs, skip levels, enable debug menu and much more.

Skip intro videos

Apply the Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness intro skip

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Core Design\TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness\1.0\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveGame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External Video settings.
External Video settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Selecting only overlay mixer in the launcher video settings helps scaling videos to the right aspect ratio
Aspect ratio must be set independently of resolution in Monitor Aspect. Calculate by dividing horizontal resolution by vertical resolution, then round to two decimal places.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
120/144 Hz shows up in settings but game is locked to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Can't bind mouse wheel scrolling
Mouse acceleration
Camera turning speed is fixed, regardless of your mouse sensitivity and speed
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller can't skip initial "Press any key" screen
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Right analogue stick doesn't work
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Speech.
A master volume setting can be found between the game registry keys
Surround sound
Can be disabled only inside debug menu. Change doesn't get saved.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Open menu if you want a mute background.
EAX support
EAX 3.0[1]
Supports (and requires) EAX Unified. If options are unselectable, see Can't Enable EAX below under Issues Fixed.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
British English revamp
Retail only; download for digital versions
Retail and only; download for Steam version
Fan translation by TombRaiderS, link #1, link #2.
Retail version only. Download.
Retail version only.
Retail version only.
Retail only. Available to download from here or here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only (DVD-ROM).[Note 3] Download/guide; Steam.
Not available in the Steam version.
Retail version, download.
Fan translation.

Issues fixed

Check Angel of Darkness FAQ

Crash on startup with "Generic Game Error ASSERTION: 'SUCCEEDED(hr)'"

Patch the game[citation needed]
Enable VMR9[2]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to every tab corresponding to your graphics card and check the "VMR9" tick box under "Options".
Use fast Frame Rate compensation[citation needed]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to General tab and (if activated) set Frame Rate Compensation to Fast


Disable VMR9[citation needed]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to every tab corresponding to your graphics card and uncheck the "VMR9" tick box under "Options".

Can't load saves

Saves can't be loaded on Windows 8 and later without some adjustments.
Apply necessary changes[3]
  1. Set compatibility mode for Windows 7 for Launcher.exe.
  2. Run the launcher and choose Settings.
  3. Go to the tab for the used video card and enable VMR9 under FMV.
  4. Click OK to save the settings. Run the game normally.

Very low FPS

Disable camera and character reflection update[citation needed]

In the game's settings dialog, navigate to the tab corresponding to your graphics card, then go down in the "Cubemaps Reflections" box and set Camera and Character update to Occasional

(If there's more than one tab corresponding to your graphics card, i.e. if you have a multi-monitor setup, do this for each tab that is "Enabled".)

Can't enable EAX

On Windows Vista and later, EAX is unselectable due to the removal of DirectSound3D. Re-enabling requires either older hardware with a dedicated Creative sound card, or emulation.
Install the following[4]
  1. Install EAX Unified drivers.
  2. Install OpenAL (Second archive option - "Windows Installer") - May already be installed on your system. If not, be sure to install it, or the step below will not work.
  3. Install DSOAL (Download "dsoal-latest.7z") - Extract contents to your Bin folder in the game installation directory, which is where the exe files are. So, look for where TRAOD.exe, P3, P4, etc are located, then install dsound.dll, dsoal-aldrv.dll, and alsoft.ini there.
  4. (Optional) If dsound.dll is unable to be detected by the game, follow the instructions here to register dsound.dll. This only needs to be done once, and will allow it to work for other games that utilize it.

This is a universal fix, meaning it will work with any combination of hardware. You do not need a dedicated sound card for it to work, and the sound will be indistinguishable from hardware-enabled EAX.

Lara's and Kurtis's hair clip

Press F10. Or for a permanent fix, in the Launcher, go to Settings > General and uncheck "Multi Threaded".[5]

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Input DirectInput

Graphics options

The graphics settings in TR:AoD are complex with nondescript names, giving little indication of how they will actually look in-game. Maverin at Tomb Raider Forums has compiled the list below which contains the most optimal settings.

1. To start, open the AoD launcher.

2. Go to Settings.

3. Under the General tab, uncheck Multi Threaded.

4. Go to the tab with the name of your graphics card. Adjust the settings as listed below.

Screen Format: 32 Bit X8R8G8B8 32 bit A8R8G8B8
Screen Res: Set according to your maximum screen resolution. The game can only be played in fullscreen.
Colour Depth: 32 bit Depth D24S8 (Note: If player characters flicker or have black splotches, change it to one of the other two options.)
Render Type: Shader Hardware
Monitor Aspect: Set this based on the table below according to your monitor's aspect ratio.
Aspect Ratio Value
4:3 1.33
16:10 1.6
16:9 1.77
21:9 2.35
32:9 3.5

Gamma - Lower the slider to slightly below the halfway point.

Options - Check all available boxes. Regarding VMR9, it can lead to crashes at startup depending on your system.

- Crash on startup with "Generic Game Error ASSERTION: 'SUCCEEDED(hr)" : Enable VMR9.
- Crash on startup with "GAME_ERROR_STRUCTURED_EXCEPTION_HANDLE" : Disable VMR9.


Filter Room: Anisotropic
Filter Objects: Anisotropic
Filter Env: Anisotropic
Filter Actors: Anisotropic
Filter Bump: Anisotropic
Quality Room: High 
Quality Actors: High
Format RGB: 32 bit A8R8G8B8
Format ARGB: 32 bit A8R8G8B8

Render Targets - Check all available boxes.

Texture1: 32 Bit A8R8G8B8 
Texture2: 32 Bit A8R8G8B8
Depth: 32 Bit Depth D24S8 Shadows

Reflections and Refractions - Check all available boxes.

Texture: 32 Bit A8R8G8B8
Depth: 32 Bit Depth D24S8 Shadows

Cubemaps Reflections - Check both boxes. In the dropdown menu next to the boxes, select the highest number shown.

Texture: 32 Bit A8R8G8B8
Depth: 32 Bit Depth D24X8 Shadows
Camera Update: All 
Character Update: All
Character Quality: High

Projected Shadows - Uncheck User Clip Planes. Check nVidia Shadows, even if not using nVidia graphics card. Uncheck Pixel Shader 2.0 Shadows. In the dropdown menu next to nVidia Shadows, select the highest number shown.

Format: 32 Bit A8R8G8B8
Depth: 32 Bit Depth D24S8

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz (1.5 GHz if graphics card does not support T&L)
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB (minimum installation)
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible device
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 74xx
PowerPC G4
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 2x CD-ROM drive


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. Mini-revista DVD Game - ano 1, nº. 2 (CD Editora, 2008).