Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft cover
Developers
Core Design
Publishers
1998-2009 Eidos Interactive
Sold-Out Software
2009-present Square Enix
Release dates
Windows November 20, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) October 22, 1999
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Puzzle, TPS, Shooter
Themes Asia
Series Tomb Raider
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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

Frame-rate is capped at 30FPS.

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[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Use Multipatch to remove the CD check and fix compatibility issues
Windows
Mac OS
Publisher website
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II (European versions)
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Origin
Origin
Includes Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

Tomb Raider: The Lost Artifact is a mini-sequel bundled with the main game (Sold separately in the US) with five exclusive levels. This version is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch is available at www.tombraiderchronicles.com and at soggi.org.
An unofficial patch that Fixes various issues in Tomb Raider 3 and its addon, as well as optionally removing the green health crystals for harder gameplay, is available here.
A patch for the level Costal Village's missing secret is available here (digital versions only).

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Real widescreen with the right aspect ratio and field of view
Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the HUD/menus (does not work properly in TRIII; HUD-elements such as health- and oxygen-bars still shrink with increased resolutions)
Deinterlaced FMVs
Hides the window border on windows 10
Fixes a glitch in the title and 'loading' screens
Transparent inventory background
Better compatibility with Xinput gamepads

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.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\fmv.
  2. Delete or rename Intr_Eng.rpl and logo.rpl.

Notes

The copyright screen will still be shown.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.txt[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

External options menu
External options menu
Detail options menu
Detail options menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched by default. Use Peixoto's patch.
Stretched title screens and loading screens are available here.
Multi-monitor
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
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS

Windowed[edit]

Use D3DWindower
  1. Run D3DWindower as administrator.
  2. Click on Add Program and add tomb3.exe to the list.
  3. Select the game and click on Program options.
  4. Under the Common tab, Tick Use Windowed Mode.
  5. In the DLL field, click ... and add D3dHook.dll from the source folder.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Run the game by clicking on Run Program or by double-clicking on it.
  8. Rebind "Jump" to another key in the game settings.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music
Surround sound
A3D was planed but got canceled because of time issues
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Retail and GOG.com only; download for Steam version.
Hungarian
Fan translation; #1 for the GOG.com release, #2 by magyaritasok.hu.
Italian
Retail only. Download.
Spanish
Retail only. Download. There is also a fan retranslation.
Catalan
Fan translation.
Galician
Fan translation.
Turkish
Fan translation

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Tomb Raider 2-3-4-5
vorpX
Z3D
User-created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Tomb Raider 3 Failed To Initialize, Please Run Setup" error at launch[edit]

Some higher resolutions crash the game if used.
Use dgVoodoo 2 or Peixoto's Patch to remove the resolution limit

Game save bug (Steam)[edit]

Vision of Future[1]
  1. Go to trle.net.
  2. Download the level Vision of Future.
  3. Overwrite the Steam tomb3.exe with the level Vision of Future one.

Notes

This also allows you to rebind keys, if you overwrite the config.txt file too.

Default keys randomly rebinded themselves[edit]

Remove config.txt file and run the game[2]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

OpenTomb[edit]

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:

Neural Upscaled Textures[edit]

All textures upscaled with Topaz AI Gigapixel, with some manual editing.
Requires Piexoto's patch.

Mods[edit]

For game mods visit Core Design.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.5.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 150 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) ATI Rage Pro
4 MB of VRAM
Other QuickTime 4.0

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/225320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (225320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References