Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. For the price, and for the quality of offer, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easily one the best games released all year. Blessed with an excellent control system and chock full of masterfully designed levels, as far as puzzle-based action adventures go, there have been none finer for years.
  2. With slick graphics, beautiful level design and of course, the puzzles and action that first captivated us completely, Anniversary lives up to the name of Lara Croft.
  3. It’s a timeless experience for the entire family.
  4. If you have fond memories of Tomb Raider from 10 or so years ago, then it is very likely you will be able to pick up Tomb Raider: Anniversary and relive good times. The game might not have the best graphics and some may dislike the Tomb Raider style, but for fans, its a dream come true.
  5. Play Magazine
    This really is a special game for the truest fans. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  6. 83
    This is retro gaming as it should be, other developers please take note!
  7. Game Informer
    Tapping into the sense of isolation and level flow of the original game, Crystal Dynamics has completely overhauled the individual puzzles and encounters to match more modern expectations. [Dec 2007, p.152]
  8. Playing it today felt just as new and exciting as playing it ten years ago did. And that is this game's main strength.
  9. If you've never played the first Tomb Raider, this is a great way to go about it. If you have, this is a great way to get reacquainted with it.
  10. It brings a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement.
  11. 80
    The 360 is much crisper in appearance, but you'll run across frame rate hiccups while you're playing.
  12. Those expecting a more action heavy experience will feel a little let down, but as a puzzle heavy action game, Lara can more than hold her own.
  13. Official Xbox Magazine
    With three "episodes"--two story episodes and Croft Manor--the price tag is easily justifiable: Anniversary offers a respectable four to eight hours per slice. [Holiday 2007, p.76]
  14. Overall the differences between the two versions are slight and other than the inclusion of achievement points - usually rewarded for the successful completion of each level, as well as the completion of time trials and the collection of scattered artefacts – it’s literally the same game in a higher resolution with a few tagged on graphical effects.
  15. With its attractive price and workable controls, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easy to recommend to anybody who enjoys exploring dank and dark caves looking for hidden treasure.
  16. 80
    This is a game that delivers to both the fans of the series and newcomers and it honestly delivers in spades.
  17. It’s been a long and tumultuous ride over the years for our girl Lara. It’s nice to see her go back to what made her the woman she is today. Solid controls, huge areas to explore and conquer, and larger than life ancient block puzzles to solve all make an appearance.
  18. Anniversary is still a fantastic game, and well worth playing, that is, if you haven’t already.
  19. Again, this remake of the original is based on the engine found in Legend, but really could have used more from it. It’s absolutely worth playing because it’s fun and actually better than the original Tomb Raider.
  20. Overall, Tomb Raider: Anniversary features an age old style of gameplay that is beginning to struggle against the test of time.
  21. It’s almost the lack of innovation that makes this fun, as it’s a throwback to the original TR game of 1996. It just doesn’t take a lot of chances either.
  22. The game is worth a shot, especially if you’ve never jumped into Lara’s short shorts before.
  23. 76
    Even with its technical shortcomings, annoying camera angles, and slightly underdeveloped storyline, the original Tomb Raider adventure remains fun in this new iteration.
  24. The AI isn’t much more sophisticated than that of Space Invaders, but if you look at the reasonable $40 price tag, the good aspects of Tomb Raider Anniversary begin to outweigh the bad.
  25. Tomb Raider: Anniversary's success is twofold: It does well by the memory of the original and makes a dynamic action adventure game that's fun to play in 2007.
  26. 75
    Tomb Raider: Anniversary on the Xbox 360 may not be all that different from the PlayStation 2 version, but it's still a great game that should please those who enjoy their action games.
  27. As an experiment to push the capabilities of downloadable content over Xbox Live, there's little to doubt Anniversary's originality - on Microsoft's console at least. However, a few extra touches to the lighting and a few soaked vests aside, the Xbox 360 edition of Lara's first outing will be more for the fans.
  28. 70
    Nobody expects the remastering of Tomb Raider to be game of the year material, but Tomb Raider: Anniversary provides enough of the original game's thrills to be considered satisfyingly decent.
  29. Everything is good about this game except the graphics; the developers really didn’t put any effort into making this game look good at all. It looks like a straight port from the PS2 version.
  30. X-ONE Magazine UK
    It's an improvement on the distinctly triangular original for sure. [Issue 27, p.90]
  31. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a nice throwback, but doesn’t offer much innovation to adventure gamers in this generation of consoles.
  32. 65
    I'd have to consider this the version of last resort: If you have the chance to check out the game on any of the other platforms, I'd recommend doing just that.
  33. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a solid title whose next-gen credentials are offset by a concept that’s starting to show its age. Those with a penchant for all things Croft will relish this overhauled blast from the past, but ultimately this alone isn’t quite enough to make Tomb Raider: Anniversary a must have title for most other people.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 29, 2015
    A remarkable change, and improvement over the original Tomb Raider game, yet it maintains all of its quirks, and excitement. You still get toA remarkable change, and improvement over the original Tomb Raider game, yet it maintains all of its quirks, and excitement. You still get to explore fascinating landscapes, and solve lots of puzzles, and kick ass, but you can do so with a greater range of movement, and freedom.

    An enjoyable game all around, even if sometimes frustrating. There are a few flaws, but nothing you cannot over come. Asides from a few minor bugs, there are points in the game, where the camera angles, and imprecise controls betray you. Sometimes you just have to jump blindly.

    However, you can get through it, and overall Tomb Raider is something worth picking up. There are many surprises, and fun is to be had, especially if you are into the action-puzzle genre. For a lot of people (including myself) this will be a blast from the past, and a revisit to a game that upon release was extremely refreshing, and original.
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  2. SimonC.
    Dec 29, 2007
    Great action / puzzle game! Provides an excellent game for its minimal cost. The controls are intuitive, the length is pretty good and Great action / puzzle game! Provides an excellent game for its minimal cost. The controls are intuitive, the length is pretty good and there's replayability. Tomb Raider at it's best. Recommended. Full Review »
  3. TobyO.
    Dec 19, 2007
    When a next-gen remake is buggier and more broken than the PSone original, it's trouble. This game has so many bugs, I felt dirty When a next-gen remake is buggier and more broken than the PSone original, it's trouble. This game has so many bugs, I felt dirty playing it. Combined with the insane amount of backtracking required in the "improved" levels, I'd seriously rather bust out Tomb Raider 1. Big disappointment here. Full Review »