Lara Croft GO

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Lara Croft GO
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Release Date 27 August 2015
Platforms Google Android, Apple iOs, Windows 8.1 and 10 (Phone and PC, Steam), PS4 Vita
Game Time 4-5 hours
Developer Square Enix Montreal
Publisher Square Enix
Game Chronology:
Lara Croft: Relic Run Lara Croft GO

Lara Croft GO is a puzzle game, first released only for Smart Phones and Tablet PCs running iOs, Android or Windows 8.1 or higher as well as Windows Phone. A PlayStation 4/Vita version followed later.

The developers promise four to five hours of gameplay[1] for the main game. Unlike its predecessor Lara Croft: Relic Run it is not a free to play game but must be bought from the corresponding App Store. The game costs 4,99 Dollar / Euros[2] or a comparable price in British Pound. The main game has since its release been offered for as low as 0,99€ on sale. For an additional 4,99€ the player can purchase further help/solutions. Additional outfits are available in form of the Square Enix Universe Outfit Pack, which costs 1.99€.

Building on the success of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Hitman GO, Square Enix Montreal unveils an all-new, ground-breaking mobile experience: Lara Croft GO. It’s Lara Croft as you've never seen her before: a turn-based puzzle experience set in a long-forgotten world, delivering gorgeous visuals, a mesmerizing soundtrack and challenging gameplay, all at your fingertips. Lara Croft GO arrives on mobile and tablets later this year.
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Release Dates

On 26 November 2015 an additional level with 11 subsections containing 26 puzzles has been released as a free download for everyone who purchased the game.

The additional The Mirror of Spirits level with its 11 subsections is time exclusive for the PlayStation versions - released 3. Dec. 2016 - and will be made available for other platforms three months later.[3]

Story

Lara searches for an Artefact, the The Atlas of Beyond, in an abandoned underground temple complex in some remote jungle. Beside some tricky puzzles and murderous traps multiple beasts await her to defend the secrets of the temple from any intrusion. Also, there is something far bigger moving in the shadows, a giant snake defending the artefact at all cost.

Levels

There are 41 subsections in the original 5 levels that were published on 27 August 2015 (1-5) as well as 11 additional subsections in the first upgrade published on 26 November 2015 (6), and another 11 subsections in the second upgrade published with the PlayStation versions on 3 December 2016 (7).

1. The Entrance

There are five sub-sections in The Entrance:

2. The Maze of Snakes

There are eleven sub-sections in The Maze of Snakes:

3. The Maze of Stones

There are 13 sub-sections in The Maze of Stones:

4. The Maze of Spirits

There are nine sub-sections in The Maze of Spirits:

5. The Escape

There are three sub-sections in The Escape:

6. The Cave of Fire

There are 11 sub-sections in The Cave of Fire:

6. The Mirror of Spirits

There are 11 sub-sections in The Mirror of Spirits:

Features & Gameplay

Lara Croft GO is centred around solving puzzles. The levels consist of a playing field of dots connected by lines. Lara can move along those lines from dot to dot by swiping. To continue to the next level Lara has to reach the exit, a square with a glowing dot. On her path she has to avoid various traps - like crumbling floors or walls -, overcome enemies, and all the while solve puzzles.[4]

Enemies

The November 2015 update introduces further variants of these enemies that resurrect after four moves.

Traps & Obstacles

The 3 December 2016 PlayStation release added Searchlights as a Trigger mechanism: If a living being (Lara or any enemy) steps in front of such a light, an action is triggered. Inanimate objects (columns, rolling boulders) block the searchlight.

Outfits

There are 13 outfits in the game, two of which are available from the start, eight can be unlocked by collecting items in the levels, and three can be purchased with the Square Enix Universe Outfit Pack (included in the PS4/Vita version).

Soundtrack

The official soundtrack for Lara Croft GO was released between 12 and 19 October 2015 on Soundcloud.[5] The soundtrack consists of the following tracks:

  1. A Forgotten Path
  2. A Bridge Of Daylight
  3. The Bridge Of Many Sides
  4. Terrace Of Forked Tongues
  5. The Lowest Point
  6. The Maze Of Snakes
  7. Temple Of The Wise (Distant Melody)
  8. The Maze Of Spirits
  9. The Doorstep Of Spirits
  10. The Queen Of Venom
  11. The Journey Home
  12. The Shard Of Life

The complete soundtrack can be downloaded from the Crystal Dynamics Soundcloud Page.

As a bonus track a Development Q&A has also been placed on Soundcloud, too.

PlayStation 4 / PlayStation Vita

On 30. November rumours surfaced that a version of Lara Croft GO for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita were to be announced at the upcoming PlayStation Experience.[6] A Trophy set was published on Exophase.com the same day[7], containing 18 Trophies, including a Platinum Trophy. The game was confirmed for release on 3 December by Eidos Montreal [8] on the same day.

In addition to the main game the PlayStation versions include a new, time exclusive level called The Mirror of Spirits, inspired by the Croft Manor and featuring an encounter with Lara Croft's infamous Doppelgänger.

Trophies

There are 18 Lara Croft GO Trophies in this set.

  • 🏆 A true adventurer
  • 🏆 Key of Snakes
  • 🏆 Key of Stones
  • 🏆 Key of Spirits
  • 🏆 Atlas of Beyond
  • 🏆 Archaeologist
  • 🏆 Historian
  • 🏆 Preservation Society
  • 🏆 Curator
  • 🏆 Ophidiophobia
  • 🏆 Getting crafty
  • 🏆 Master Builder
  • 🏆 Gathering moss
  • 🏆 Into the abyss
  • 🏆 Put this apple on your head
  • 🏆 Immortal no more
  • 🏆 Déjà-vu
  • 🏆 Back to reality

Links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/SquareEnixMtl/status/611284446491377664 Square Enix Montreal Twitter Account
  2. http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/127087765575/new-lara-croft-go-launch-details-ready-for-more Official Tomb Raider Blog
  3. https://tmblr.co/ZqCvTx2FRAs46 Official Tomb Raider Tumblr Page
  4. https://youtu.be/WYggRD93-vc Gameplay video, Gamescom 2015
  5. http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/131034488970/lara-croft-go-music-week-thanks-to-the-talented Official Tomb Raider Blog
  6. https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/804057598144049152 Twitter Rumour
  7. https://www.exophase.com/game/lara-croft-go-psn/trophies/ PlayStation Trophy List on Exophase.com
  8. https://twitter.com/SquareEnixMtl/status/805123070541361153