Take control of Lara and her new partner Totec, a Mayan tribesman, and uncover the ancient artifact known as the "Mirror of Smoke" in this all new action adventure game.
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Release Date: Sep 28, 2010

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About This Game

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an action/adventure game featuring Lara Croft. This brand extension combines the hallmarks of the Tomb Raider franchise including exploration & discovery, platforming, and puzzle solving combined with character progression, fun fast-paced combat, and elements of human cooperation and competition.

Key features:
  • First downloadable only title from Crystal Dynamics, and first downloadable only Lara Croft game.
  • A classic formula of puzzles, combat, exploration, and breathtaking visuals put through the lens of an isometric fast-paced gaming experience.
  • A wide range of options for solving puzzles and traversing deadly environmental traps, offering players an unprecedented level of freedom to choose their own solutions and explore various paths through the dense jungles of Central America.
  • Crystal Dynamics' proprietary engine delivers sprawling environments with no load-times and unbelievable vertical gameplay through tombs reaching deep into the Earth.
  • Face off against a myriad of undead warriors brought to life by the evil Xolotl, including a number of boss battles that are not to be missed!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 3+ GHz Intel or 2.5+ GHZ AMD
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP) / 2 GB RAM (Vista)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series (6800GT or better) / ATI 1300XT or better
    • Hard Drive: 7GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
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danio43us67
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
The game feels very strange after pretty much playing every single Tomb Raider game. It's a top down platformer, but with a semi open world. Gameplay is fun, can be challenging at times, not too much. What I didn't like is the amount of "zombies". It doesn't feel like a Lara Croft game, more like a session of How to Survive. It still is fun to play and offers great co-op.
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Wonko the Sane
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This is my favourite twin-stick shooter. It's got fun puzzles and a bit of platforming. Co-op mode changes some of the map puzzles to require teamwork. Unfortunately, this creates an annoying problem in a couple of areas. If the characters get too far apart, the game will kind of pull one along so both remain on screen. This will occasionally cause one to be pulled off a ledge. Luckily, this is not frequent and co-op is a lot of fun, imo. Some may be annoyed that pick-ups and upgrades are specific to the character, so everything needs to be unlocked twice, if both players want everything. The game is so much fun though that replaying levels doesn't feel like a chore. I highly recommend this game!
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ReneGade
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
A fun game to play with a friend
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HidNLimits
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Awesome co-op game with 1 other friend.
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Hypnox
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
This is a great game to play with your non-gamer parents. My mom hasn't touched a video game since pong, but she was able to play this game with me from beginning to end. The twin stick shooter controls are simple, the puzzles require a good amount of thought and teamwork, and the boss fights are very interesting, usually featuring some kind of gimmick like a weak spot or special game mechanic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I’ll probably introduce my mom to similar twin stick games we can play together.
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Goodbye horses 4796
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Played it co-op but stopped pretty early on because the game / gameplay / "puzzles" are way to simple, boring and repetitive.
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Fang Oxide
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
super fun co-op! dificult to jump at times, over all great fun. nice puzzles, I love it! good for someone that likes to play co-op with a friend!!! if thinking abotu buying its a go! reacons to keep playing after first walkthru
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hobueesel
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
It's a great co-op game similar to battleblock theater and a couple of others where co-op levels are actually different from single player ones and add more complexity and depth into the game. You need to work together as a team to pass the levels and your partner is not just an additional gun. In that sense this game is highly recommended. Single player is boring and not worth the money even on sale. I had to play one level as a single player because of a game breaking bug and it was a boring run through. So if you buy it for co-op it's a great game for single player not so much.
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Joaozinh
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
BOOB CROFT AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Great co-op fun (Local only)

I'm in NZ, online co-op server very laggy, not playable. Local Co-op is fine.

I don't have the Xbox 360 gamepad, use the x360ce software + xinput9_1_0.dll fix. Works like a charm.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I always loved the Tomb Raider franchise, although I never really had much patience to play every single game until the end. It's needless to say that this new gamestyle came by as a big surprise for me. To be quite honest, I didn't even knew about it, it was this friend of mine who told me about it and convinced me to give it a try. To tell you the truth, I definitely have no regrets for it, since it was really fun to play (you can actually have quite a few laughs, especially if you happen to be as clumsy as me). Unfortunaltey I can't say much about the story... All I know is that there's Lara Croft and this tribal buffed guy who're aiming for something (yep, I don't even remember what's the main goal of the game, but when you're playing with a friend that's the least of your concerns). The graphics are nice, as for the soundtrack, I can't really tell because the volume was low during our run. Another thing that I can't review is the single player experience, but the cooperative mode is quite cool. You can get to unlock certain weapons, each character has a different set of abilities etc. Overall, if you're looking for a fun game to play with a friend, this is a must.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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Game Details:
Take control of Lara and her new partner Totec, a Mayan tribesman, and uncover the ancient artifact known as the "Mirror of Smoke" in this all new action adventure game.


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92 of 106 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Even though this is a spin-off and not a main Tomb Raider entry, this game is pretty Tomb Raider-tastic.

Lara hunts down an artifact no one should wield and sets off apocalyptic events that only she can stop? YEP.
Plenty of shooting of natural and supernatural enemies in well-paced fight encounters? YEP.
Lots and lots of booby traps to avoid, disarm, or survive? YEP.
Puzzles that usually involve timing, platforming and typical Lara acrobatics? YEP.
Smartass one-liners and quips from Lara almost everytime she opens her mouth? Yep.
Well-placed and often hidden collectibles? Yep.
MANY, MANY GUNS? YEP.
Tomb raiding? You bet!

The controls are snappy and responsive, the puzzles and platforming are very satisfying, and ultimately pretty much everything about the gameplay is rewarding in some way. Every level has a handful of optional objectives you can try to complete for even more rewards -- such as artifacts or relics that boost your stats or combat ability in various ways. The game's visuals and audio both are actually a hell of a lot better than I expected, and I often found myself gleefully looking around to admire the level design or dancing around a boss in time with the boss stage's music.

Bonus: You can play this with a friend, and the game even redesigns much of the levels' puzzles to accomodate 2 players. The second player character, Totec, CANNOT be played on his own, i.e. if you're playing on your own, Lara is your only option. But, well, she's the far cooler option anyway. :P

A tip: Use a controller. The game only fully recognizes Xbox 360 type controllers but you can very easily fool it into accepting others by using a controller emulator (x360ce). Mouse and keyboard controls have much more precise aiming for shooting, but I found they just were too clunky for me for -everything- else.
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66 of 70 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
Short Version:

Pros
+ Great puzzles
+ Good level design
+ Most bosses are great
+ All levels have challenges which enhance the replay value
+ A good amount of collectibles
+ Enjoyable singleplayer
+ Amazing local co-op

Cons
- Paper-thin story
- Cheesy, dumb villain who is also a coward - he runs away from you from start to finish
- Buggy online co-op
- Voice acting is weak
-Cutscenes are lackluster - The characters lips do not move; the camera angles "cleverly" change to make that unnoticeable.

"Long" version:

I'm a big Tomb Raider fan and when Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was announced, I thought it was a horrible idea. Fortunately, this game is quite an enjoyable experience.

Lara finds herself in Central America looking for an artifact called the Mirror of Smoke. After a long journey, she is successful, but a group of mercenaries led by a local warlord ambushes Lara and misuses the mirror, unleashing Xolotl, the aztec god of death and darkness. Totec, the Guardian of Light, is then awaken - he informs Lara that Xolotl must be stopped until dawn, otherwise, the world will face certain doom.

The story is really predictable and shallow. You release an evil god and you spend the whole game chasing him. The thing is, you are always on his heels, so he feels like a total coward, constantly running away. Its design is also bad in comparison with all the other bosses; he looks too cartoony and the stakes are never high. You don't care about any of the characters and the only reason you "care" about Lara is because of how well-established she already is as a videogame character/icon. If she was a new character, we would know nothing about her. You can play as Lara (Singleplayer/Multiplayer) or Totec (Multiplayer only) and the levels design changes accordingly.

The game can be played with a single player and a second player can connect at any time - Locally or Online.
Single player is good but I would suggest playing Local Co-op for a full, rich experience.
Local Co-op is amazing - solving puzzles with a buddy is awesome. You can also kill your teammate so there are a ton of possibilities for revenge and a few laughs, usually followed by an impalled/crushed ally.
On the other hand, Online Co-op is full of bugs and there are a lot of synch problems. Bullets doing nothing to enemies and Totec's spears not spawning (they are necessary to cross certain obstacles) are only some of the bugs I encountered with friends.

The gameplay is this game's main strength; it focuses on platforming, combat and puzzle solving.

Platforming is relatively simple. Lara and Totec can use their gadgets to get to higher places or to cross pits and chasms. Totec has a shield that allows Lara to jump on him and perform a bigger jump, allowing her to reach higher platforms; Lara can then pull him up using her grapple. Totec also has spears; once thrown against a wall, Lara can use these to cross certain obstacles.

Combat is good. You have a lot of weapons to choose from but you'll find yourself using the same combination over and over again. Once you kill enough enemies, you'll enter some sort of berserk mode and you'll get an upgrade - mana/health regenaration, scatter shots or even better mines - that will last until you are hit by your enemies. This kind of makes the game's combat super easy. If you pick a powerful weapon and you keep regenarating mana, you'll be able to kill everything with ease. Your enemies are a bunch of clumsy demons and summons who are kind of shallow in design, but they offer a decent enough challenge later on, when their numbers are massive. Some of these creatures get a different color pallet on certain levels, which provides them with different abilites (ressurection, explosion when killed, etc.). My real gripe with the enemies is that you only come across a really limited number of different creatures. More variety would have been better.

The puzzles are quite easy to figure out and only slightly harder to solve. You'll have to time jumps and dodges, activate pressure pads and deactivate hazards/barriers that block your way. Their design is really good and the scale grows bigger and more impressive in later levels. Unfortunately, even harder puzzles are sort of basic and provide no real challenge..

To mix things up and add replay value, each level provides some optional challenges to complete. They can be really easy to complete - destroy all trucks in a level or jump 12 times over a trap - or "infuriating" (complete the whole level in under X minutes or navigate a trap-filled hall on your first attempt). Once completed, these challenges provide helpful new weapons, health/mana upgrades or even relics. Relics are equippable items - they change your stats and help you in combat (better bombs, better speed, etc.).

Sound is kinda generic - guns don't really sound all that great but it's serviceable (explosions sound good, though). The dialogue is really cheesy and considering the story is also bad, you won't care about what the characters are saying - not that it matters. The game features a good soundtrack - I might be wrong but I think some of it was used in Tomb Raider Anniversary and maybe even in TR Legend and Underworld.

The game looks fairly decent. You'll have some graphical glitches from time to time but the game knows what it is and it tends to amaze you with huge environments instead of with graphical detail. Character models are ok, but their lips do not move during cutscenes; the camera angle keeps changing so players won't notice.

Overrall, this game is a great purchase if you enjoy inventive puzzle solving, mixed with a fair amount of combat and platforming. It might have big flaws, including what was supposed to be its main selling point (online co-op) but the gameplay is so satisfying and local co-op is so good that this is an experience I gladly recommend. The game currently costs 10€ - I'd suggest getting it on a sale. I think it is worth 5€ if you are desperate for a puzzle game but it goes on sale fairly often so I'd wait for a 75/80% discount.

Final Score: 7.5 out of 10.
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Works fine as a nice single player adventure too, but it's best to play in coop mode. Great looking, varied and complex levels with awesome puzzles, tricky traps and some nice action moments. I love how clever some puzzles are, and that there are more than one solutions for some of them, you really need to use all your gears and your brains to solve all the obstacles. The replay value is also good, as you have many weapons, upgrades and challenges to complete. All in all, it's a fun adventure!
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
This is an amazing game! A Tomb Raider game from an isometric perspective letting you complete it in coop mode, too! You cannot go wrong with such an approach! You have action, you have puzzles, you have collectibles and you have a very good level design. Some of the collectibles are difficult to obtain so there is replayibility here. Also, some puzzles / challenges are completely different in coop, thus, the game should at least be completed twice (alone and with a friend) for the different experience.

For me Guardian of Light was a nice surprise after the many third-person shooter episodes. Interestingly, the idea and the development came from the same team so this really is a thumbs-up!
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is exemplary coop ingenuity.

Transplanting the Tomb Raider franchise onto an isometric shooter, its genius lies not within its clever puzzles or satisfying combat, but the lengths at which it has been designed from the ground up as a brilliant coop experience. It forces you to think with two players in mind instead of opting for the far simpler solution of just dropping another player in beside you, and this devotion makes for refreshingly unique puzzle designs and the means with which you navigate the world.

The focus on teamwork is in large part based on the different character abilities between archaeologist, Lara Croft, and the ancient Mayan warrior, Totec. Each has various gear and moves (from a grappling hook, to a shield that can be raised and jumped on) and it's in using them in tandem that you can manage to make your way through environments that one person couldn't. It inspires cooperation in ways that simply providing double the fire power doesn't, putting you in situations where each player has a specific role and no one feels the lesser for theirs.

It's a fairly radical departure for the series traditional gameplay hooks, but Guardian of Light still feels distinctly Tomb Raider. Though the perspective has changed and there's less of an emphasis on platforming, there are still plenty of supernatural monsters to kill and tombs to raid, with puzzles that are probably the best the series has ever seen. They revisit many of the same designs but in a way that's constantly layering on new challenges, requiring you continue expanding your perception of them even when on the surface they're born of the same basic template.

I don't doubt that it's entirely possible to play Guardian of Light as a solo adventure and have a good amount of fun with it, but to me that would be missing a huge portion of what makes it so enjoyable. There's just nothing quite like the sort of beautiful coop design presented with a game like this, with playing with friends already being generally more entertaining and something so tailor made to that playstyle elevating it to new heights. There's something really special to me about games that can serve as essentially bonding moments between friends and family, and ones as smart and polished as this are all too rare.
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65 of 95 people (68%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This game is very great for relationships.
My girl kept sabotaging me by bombing me or trapping me with the bombs.
:(
Although to be fair, I kept telling her to jump on my golden rod.
:D

Surprising depth and interesting gameplay for an isometric game.
It has good thoughtful puzzles and the achievements aren't absurd to complete.
The single player and multiplayer use the same maps, but the puzzles are different and require both parties to work together to solve.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
This game have been created especially to play in co-op, and I recommend to play it with gamepads. I really enjoy this game when I play with my girlfriend ;)
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