Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft
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Core Design
Eidos Interactive
Sold-Out Software
Release dates
Windows November 20, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) October 22, 1999
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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 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)
The Multipatch disables the CD check in addition to fixing compatibility issues.
Mac OS
Publisher website
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Includes Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II (European versions)
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Includes Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II.
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Version differences[edit]

Tomb Raider III: The lost Artifact is a complete edition with five exclusive levels. This version is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official patch is available at and at
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]

Delete Intr_Eng.rpl and logo.rpl found in <path-to-game>\fmv\[citation needed]


The copyright screen will still be shown.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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.
Use Peixoto's patch
4K Ultra HD
Use Peixoto's patch
Field of view (FOV)
Use Tomb Raider 2,3,4 Widescreen Patch.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
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.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.
  7. In game, rebind "Jump" to another key.



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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, #1 for the release, #2 by
Retail only. Download.
Retail only. Download.
Fan translation.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Tomb Raider 2-3-4-5.
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
  2. Download the level "Vision of Future"
  3. Overwrite the Steam TR3.exe with the vision of future one (This also allows you to rebind keys, if you overwrite the config.txt file too).

Other information[edit]


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


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.


For game mods visit Core Design.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95/98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.48 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 6 compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive


  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>/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.
  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).