Tomb Raider is a third-person platform shooter developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive in 1996. You play the role of Lara Croft, a female archaeologist in search of ancient treasures. Tomb Raider has been released for several platforms like Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh, Windows Mobile and Nokia N-Gage.
First work on Tomb Raider started in 1993, but it took some years until the final product was released in late 1996. Originally, Tomb Raider was supposed to have a male protagonist. However, it would have looked somewhat like Indiana Jones. Since Core wanted to focus on puzzles and stealth rather than action, they found a female character better suited than a classic male action hero. Toby Gard was responsible for the character design.
In early concepts, the character was named “Laura Cruz” and had a cold-blooded militaristic-type personality. But Gard and the team wanted a more English-like lady, reflected by changing the name to “Lara Croft” and working up the character and her back-story. While adjusting the model, Gard accidentally increased the size of the breasts to 150%. It met with instant approval from the team, so they kept it that way.
During development, Tomb Raider had several features planned, that were stretched later. An example was the distinguishing ponytail that is only seen in full motion video sequences. The developers weren’t able to make it move as it should, so Lara only has a bob in the game. Tomb Raider was also supposed to have dynamite and grenades. An interactive map, which was replaced by a compass later, kept track of your explored areas.
7.5 million copies sold worldwide, Tomb Raider became a huge success and is considered widely influential. In 2007, Crystal Dynamics developed a modern remake entitled Tomb Raider: Anniversary.