Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Tomb Raider: Underworld
Tomb Raider: Underworld cover
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
2008-2009 Eidos Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Crystal Engine
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2008
macOS (OS X) June 14, 2012
Metacritic 80
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: Underworld on HowLongToBeat
Tomb Raider: Underworld on IGDB
Tomb Raider: Underworld guide on StrategyWiki
Tomb Raider: Underworld on MobyGames
Tomb Raider: Underworld on Wikipedia
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The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information

Square Enix Forums for Tomb: Underworld - Technical Forum
Square Enix Forums for Tomb Raider: Underworld - not PC-specific
Tomb Raider forums - not PC-specific Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


The Mac OS X version is no longer sold digitally.

DLC and expansion packs[edit]

The DLC episodes are not available for this game due to being Xbox 360 exclusives.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


Latest version is v1.1. Changelog here.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider: Underworld
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8140/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Eidos\Tomb Raider - Underworld\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8140/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


External video settings.
External video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use 3rd party fixes

Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer (may not support the Steam version).

Custom aspect ratio[3]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider: Underworld\Graphics
  2. Modify AspectRatio with your chosen aspect ratio, e.g. 16000 for 16:10.


To get the exact AspectRatio value that you need, calculate (width:height)x10000.

Enabling Ambient Occlusion for Nvidia graphics cards[edit]

Change Ambient Occlusion flag in Nvidia Profile Inspector[4]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles, type Tomb Raider: Underworld.
  3. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility, insert the flag 0x00000002 (Mirror's Edge).
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion usage, select Enabled.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting, select your quality of preference.
  6. Click Apply changes.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game volume settings.
In-game volume settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Can be enabled by changing the value EAXSupport to 1 through regedit.exe. Located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Crystal Dynamics/Tomb Raider: Underworld/.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version only
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: download (TriboGamer)
Not available in the Steam version
Fan translation
Retail only.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Steam overlay not supported[edit]

Game does not support Steam overlay and no permanent fix is yet known.
Alt+Tab seems to be working flawlessly as a cheap fix.

Cannot pick up the pole after dropping it on the ground in Bhogavati[edit]

During the game you will encounter a pole which is needed to be inserted into the slot into one of the pillars in order to make progress. If you drop it on the ground it will no longer be picked up at all, soft locking the game. You have no choice but to load the previous autosave as there is no fix for this problem.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate/stuttering[edit]

Modify DWORD values[5]
  1. Open regedit.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider: Underworld\Graphics.
  3. Modify DisableDynamicTextures and DontDeferShaderCreation to 0.
  4. Click OK.

Crash on startup when CPU has >31 threads[edit]

Change process affinity[6]
  1. Launch game through Steam with Steam's affinity set to maximum 31 cores @credit
  2. Create custom shortcut as described here

Incorrect puzzle physics[edit]

Enable VSync

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
2D, Z3D, G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only[7]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT
ATI Radeon X1800XT
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/8140/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (8140) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.