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Tomb Raider: The Prophecy

by Square Enix
Game Boy Advance
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews) 66 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00006N5T1
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 13, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,277 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Lara Croft is at it again in Tomb Raider: The Prophecy. The treasure at stake this time: 3 legendary stones. Some say they possess unspeakable power. Others simply want them for profit. It's up to you to guide our favorite tomb raider through mountains, temples and ruins in this quest to stop a mythic prophecy — or will you help it come true?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An original Tomb Raider game that isn't so original November 13, 2002
Lara Croft's first adventure on the GameBoy Advance could, would, and should have been better, but for action/adventure gamers and fans of old school side scrollers will find some fun with this original GBA installment. You get to play as Lara and run and gun through various platform levels while solving puzzles to proceed. The graphics are pretty well rendered for a side scroller, and Lara herself is nicely rendered as well, but the level design itself is repetitive. And speaking of being repetitive, the "puzzles" are atrocious. Typical "pull the lever, hit the switch to proceed" puzzles that may fit in a 3-D platformer but don't fit in well at all with a side scroller. If the puzzles don't get to you, the even more repetitive bongo background music will grate on your nerves. Control is pretty tight for the most part; running and gunning has never been easier. All in all, hardcore Lara fans will definitely be checking out this game, as will most GBA owners, but those seeking more to a game are better suited to look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great January 3, 2003
By Patrick
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Since 'Angel of Darkness' isn't out yet, I'd say this is the best Tomb Raider game to date. The graphics aren't as good as the Playstation or PC but the control is so much tighter. The main problem with previous Tomb Raiders is that the control was so bad you'd find yourself fighting with landing a perfect jump onto a rope more than actually playing the game. In this game, the controls are very responsive and the GBA button layout suits this game perfectly. The graphics are also very good for GBA. The sound isn't all that great but what can you really do with Tomb Raider besides making Lara grunt? The puzzles get old but it keeps with the style and feel of past games only it's not near as difficult. 'The Prophecy' is a great title for GBA.
Graphics: 4.5
Control: 4.5
Sound: 4.0
Fun Factor: 4.5
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lara Croft: Dog Killer December 25, 2002
Lara Croft-size leaps and bounds beyond previous handheld incarnations of the series, the latest Game Boy edition of Tomb Raider still falters due to hardware limitations and questionable design choices.
Tomb Raider is all about exploring vast, glorious 3D worlds, so it's hard to resist the urge to classify this claustrophobic pseudo-3D-but-really-2D (think Warcraft) game as anything but the latest cash-in on the lucrative Tomb Raider brand. Like the Game Boy versions of Tony Hawk, the game uses an impressive bag of programming tricks to make the game feel 3D, but it suffers from the same problems -- it's difficult to align jumps and tell which platforms are above others. Combined with a complete inability to look around (an inexcusable design oversight), and spikes that trigger instant death (even when you merely walk up to them!), this leads to much frustration.
Not that the game is hard. The only enemies for much of the game are, inexplicably, dogs. I suppose they're wolves, actually -- somehow, it's more humane to kill wild animals? -- but Tomb Raider games in general feel so much like zoo shooting sprees that you wonder why PETA doesn't raise an eyebrow. Someday, game designers will learn that gamers don't want to kill dogs, or rats, or spiders, or bats. I suppose it's laziness on their part, or lack of imagination.
Gunplay is thankfully simplistic, as it has been in most Tomb Raider games. Fights generally boil down to drawing one of three guns -- the only strategy being, always use whichever is the most powerful on hand at any given time -- and running around enemies (read: dogs) blasting away at them while they cycle haplessly through their eight turning animation frames.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best July 13, 2003
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Tomb raider the prophecy is very good.It has great graphics and 32 levels.The enmies are good but there could be more types.Since I don't have a P.C. that will run the angel of darkness.This is the best new tomb raider.I love it I play it all the time.I sure hope they make more tomb raider games for gba.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tomb Raider Gameboy game January 15, 2004
Considering that I am a HUGE fan of Tomb Raider, I had to buy this game. Boy was I happy I did. The graphics are great, the levels are long and fun, and Lara looks really cool in this game, (Exactly like in the first game.)
5 Stars for all Categories. (Including sound, graphics, fun factor, etc.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pixels Unite! November 15, 2002
Well, without much fanfare or fuss Lara Croft has returned to the world of video games in a tiny, handheld way. The result "Lara Croft:Tomb Raider-The Prophecy" is a nice little video game treat. As Ms. Croft your job is to find a relic before and evil cult gets their hands on it and ends to world. So fresh and new right? Well tired story aside the game really works and makes for a fun gaming experience. Using the quasi-3D/bird's eye view, you control Lara to jump, run, flip, and shoot, all while avoiding fire traps and the like. The controls are responsive (unlike her other forays into the portable world) and the graphics aren't too shabby either(animation is quite good). Thankfully music was included this time around, as well as Lara's trademark grunts and groans. My only complaint is the lack of far the meanest thing I have seen is the pixled gray wolf who can sometimes float on air! For fans of Lara, this game should provide you with some refreshment, it is more Tomb Raider than would be expected. All none believers might wanna try this out never know. Alright kids get to it.
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