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Tomb Raider Chronicles

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Tomb Raider Chronicles
Tomb Raider Chronicles cover
Developers
Core Design
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
2000-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-2023 Square Enix
2023-present Crystal Dynamics
Sold Out Software
Mac OS Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows November 21, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) October 2001
Reception
Metacritic 57
Taxonomy
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 Chronicles on HowLongToBeat
Tomb Raider Chronicles on IGDB
Tomb Raider Chronicles on MobyGames
Tomb Raider Chronicles 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
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 2024

Tomb Raider Chronicles is a singleplayer third-person action, adventure, puzzle, TPS and shooter game in the Tomb Raider series.

The Windows version lacks the dynamic shadows of the Dreamcast version.

On Windows 8 and later, the game does not display properly in fullscreen; use the fullscreen border fix to resolve this. The GOG.com version does not require this fix.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Stella's Website - Walkthroughs, workarounds and downloads
TombRaider Forums

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]. The Multipatch disables the CD check and fixes compatibility issues.
Windows
Mac OS
Amazon.com
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Also includes Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Origin (unavailable)
Origin
Also includes Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Demo

A free demo version is available from Archive.org.

Essential improvements

Multi-Patch

The unofficial Tomb Raider Multi Patch fixes several issues with the game. DirectX 9.0c end-user runtimes are required.

Peixoto's patch

Fixes lag when accessing the inventory
Aspect ratio and field of view correction in widescreen resolutions; forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the HUD/menus
Hides the window border on Windows 10, improves compatibility with XInput gamepads
Fixes the missing loading screens

TRNG

TRNG is a fan made update to the game's included level editor with a lot more features than the original one.

Tomb Raider Mouse Helper

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

Skip intro videos

Delete Fmv0.bik and FMV1.bik found in <path-to-game>\movie[citation needed]

Notes

The copyright screen will still be shown.

Opening the launcher

After the first time launching the game, the launcher will not show up again.

Run the game with the -setup command line argument.[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225000/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225000/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video

Game's launcher.
Game's launcher.
Settings menu
Settings menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-; use Peixoto's patch for correct FOV.
Stretched title screens and loading screens are available here.
Multi-monitor
Resolutions crash the game ("Tomb Raider: Failed To Setup DirectX")
Ultra-widescreen
Use Peixoto's patch
4K Ultra HD
Use Peixoto's patch
Field of view (FOV)
Use Tomb Raider 2,3,4 Widescreen Patch
Windowed
Toggle by pressing Alt+ Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
dgVoodoo 2
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
Retail and GOG.com only. Download.
German
Hungarian
Fan translation
Italian
Retail only. Download.
Russian
Not available in the Steam version
Spanish
Retail only. Download.

VR support

Issues unresolved

There is a save bug in the level 13, Red Alert!, that prevents you from proceeding to the next level. A workaround is listed here.

Caused by an incompatibility with the sound drivers or codecs audio. The only solution is to play the game by disabling audio from the setup launcher, but this is not an adequate solution.

Issues fixed

Window border visible in fullscreen mode

Tomb Raider Chronicles does not go fullscreen correctly on Windows 8 and later.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
You can fix this issue downloading dgvoodoo install into TR5 Folder with the other Dll such as D8, D9 etc.
Apply the fix[citation needed]

Download and install the Tomb Raider series fullscreen border fix

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Mods

For game mods visit Core Design.

OpenTomb

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:

The tomb5 project

A decompilation project that aims to document and preserve the original source code and assets of the game, and also provide bug fixes and gameplay improvements in many sections of the game. Utilizes a .dll file to inject decompiled code into the executable.

TR5 HD FMV Pack

Upscales the FMV's at 4K Resolution

TR5 HD Upscale x4

Upscales the Textures x4 times higher

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95/98/2000/ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 (D3D)/300 (software)
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB video card
DirectX 7 compatible


Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:

References