Well, this is an exciting way to start the week. The original PlayStation's Tomb Raider just hit the New Zealand App Store for the US equivalent of 99¢. We haven't heard a peep out of Square Enix about this, but it seems reasonable to assume the game will also make its way to the US store at its normal release time of 11:00 PM Eastern tonight.


Originally launched in 1996, Tomb Raider was an incredible game for the PlayStation. Introducing Lara Croft, this game is the start of an entire series of sequels, a reboot, and even a movie. I've got no idea how it's going to be with virtual controls, but, for a dollar it's hard to go wrong.

International App Store Link: Tomb Raider, 99¢

  • Der-Kleine

    Because who wouldn't want to play a 17 year old game that probably hasn't aged well with virtual controlls?

    • rich_952000

      I'll probably pick this up for novelties sake.

    • HansKaosu

      GTFO.. Its a classic.. Graphics is irrelevant..

      • Ph0lly

        Your stupidity makes your opinion irrelevant. It should be ARE not IS, how about using some of your free time to learn proper English.

      • HansKaosu

        Lol? *facepalm*

      • Ph0lly

        Are you saying I'm wrong or that proper English isn't important?

      • Fraz@TA

        Dude seriously just stop LOL You've embarrassed yourself enough.

      • themostunclean

        Why don't you use some of your free time to learn how to not be a douche. Or does trolling around acting superior make you feel better about your "shortcomings"?

      • Ph0lly

        Ask your mom about my shortcomings.

      • themostunclean

        Clever. Once again, overcompensating.

      • Yourplague

        Are you lost?

      • pauldavidmerritt

        No, this person is obviously young and recklessly wants to act like alpha male donkey kong, beat on his chest a bit.

      • dariusjr98

        Beta az fuq.

    • Dr. Woodenstein

      How dare you insult Tomb Raider. It's clear you have no respect for classic games. Go play candy crush and leave the real gamers alone so they can anticipate the awesomeness of Tomb Raider.

      • nini

        Heh, "real" gamers. Go on with your bad self.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Hey what's that supposed to mean? The majority of us here are real gamers. Non-gamers think Tomb Raider is a movie and therefore wouldn't be on this page.

      • dariusjr98

        It's supposed to mean stop thinking of yourself as so much better than casual gamers. I don't get why people have to insult them. Not everyone games as a lifetime hobby, alright?

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        You seem to be missing the context and purpose of my post. He insulted Tomb Raider, and therefore is obviously a casual gamer who doesn't get why real gamers like it. So my post was to let him know that if he isn't into real games, don't go bashing them.

      • dariusjr98

        So he's simply not what you perceive as a "real gamer" simply because he doesn't like it, and that his opinion is different from yours?"

        Fans of the game have admitted time and time again that the original Tomb Raiders have not aged well, so it kinda makes sense why he mightn't like it. Why let his opinion bother you so much?

        We don't need any "real gamers" in this world who think they are more superior than other gamers.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Why let his opinion bother me so much? Hahaha you're one to talk. I posted one comment and now you're trying start an argument with me over it. It would seem to me that you need to not let my opinion bother you so much.

      • dariusjr98

        I'm not bothered by your opinion at all. It's just that what you're saying doesn't add up. Sounds like you're the one getting worked up.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Good grief, just when I thought you had gone away. I don't know if you've noticed, but my comment has 24 likes. You've got 4. Apparently more people agree with me than you.

      • dariusjr98

        No, it's not necessarily that more people agree with you more than me, your comment was posted earlier, at a time where there was higher traffic on this page. But seriously, why even bring that up? Lol, I've never seen anyone one here use UPVOTES as an argument.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        You just aren't gonna stop are you? Did someone feed you after midnight or something? For the record I have gained 6 upvotes in the last two hours and you've gained 1, so yes more people agree with me. It is a valid argument because this entire argument is based on opinions and upvotes are how people give their opinions without having to deal with individuals like yourself. Now go away before I put you in the sunshine.

      • NinjaKitteh

        I believe darius98 point is that you are practicing elitism by claiming to be a "real gamer". The same way racist people use skin color to feel superior to others, or classists use wealth to feel superior, or people practicing the major religions use their belief to feel superior to those who don't practice their faith. It's a shame that a group of people, who when I was a kid got bullied a lot, have become the bullies themselves. I myself am an avid gamer, have been my whole life. I too am not into casual games such as the candy crushes and what have you. I would never ascribe to the "real gamer" moniker specifically because those that do, those like you, use it to bully others. It's a shame and quite frankly pathetic. The same jock mentality that was behind the bullying I received when younger for being a gamer has weaseled it's way into gaming.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        You know, I'm actually rather glad that someone other than darius98 posted this. I mean I didn't want to continue the conversation, but at least it isn't darius. Anyways, as I said earlier, it was meant to say "hey don't insult this game, it's a classic." However as no one has seemed to pay any attention to my response a few posts down, it was also meant to be humorous. The first two sentences of my post were serious, the rest was just for amusement purposes. I mean do you people really think I would use the word "awesomeness" in a serious insult? I'm not bullying him, I don't know if he's a casual gamer or a real gamer. THERE IS a difference between those too. Whether you choose to call yourself a real gamer or not, your are one from what you said. So in conclusion you're a real gamer, I'm a real gamer, Der-Kleine's gaming is up in the air, my comment was supposed to be humorous for the most part, apparently some people didn't get that, and I can't believe yesterday I was thinking about how HansKaosu was getting all the responses.

      • dariusjr98

        Ugh...it's way too easy to make enemies on this darned website. I'm not even going to start another argument, but one thing: stop treating me like the enemy. Enough of your petty grudge.

      • Holcman

        I completely agree with you, Darius, wood I assume is just being a troll.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Nope, not trolling. Just waiting for people to leave me and my comment alone. As for Darius, it's not a grudge, it's an annoyance.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Troll for sure. Being elitist than saying you were only being funny is analogous to the many people who make racist jokes then justify them because "They're only being funny." It's pathetic and childish.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Seriously, if you would scroll down like 5 posts you would see my response to ImJPaul. Since you're too lazy to do that, I'll copy it here. "I know right? It's one thing to make a semi-humorous comment like mine to show disagreement, but he's just being mean." That was posted before any of you showed up, and backs up my argument completely.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Than you may want to choose your words more carefully as humor, as everyone knows, doesn't always come across easily through text. If I've misjudged you let me apologize, I grew up dealing with my father's "isms" and have a low tolerance. However, the whole "real gamer" thing is a form of it, we're all gamers here, regardless of what type of games we choose to enjoy. It's needless to cheapen a whole group of gamers because they choose games you don't particularly enjoy.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Well I should say you have misjudged me, but I accept your apology. Allow me to clarify the use of the term real gamer. Casual gamer is pretty obvious, but what else can you call someone who plays... non-casual games? I mean there's not even a name for the kind of games I'm speaking of. You can't say avid gamer (which is what you described yourself as) because you can be an avid gamer no matter what kind of games you play. I was under the assumption that real gamer was the proper term for what I am. It is, but it's also apparently offensive to some. So I've really got nothing better to use, feel free to come up with something better and let me know.

        Now on another note, I would like to discuss your low tolerance. While I entirely understand where you're coming from (seriously I get it, I've been in a pretty similar situation) I have to point out that attacking one person at a time won't make people any nicer. The group you have a low tolerance for will act like they want to act no matter what you do.
        A few closing remarks. First of all I want to thank you for the apology. I would also like to say it's been a pleasure reading something that isn't an attack on myself or calling me a troll. Finally, I have a question. In the original post you replied to, or at least I believe it was the one you first replied to, anyways it's the one right above your first post. Did you get the reference to the feeding after midnight and the sunlight? I'm just curious because I myself thought it was pretty funny, but as I'm rereading everything that's been said I'm afraid it may have gone over everyone's head. Weird way to end my post isn't it?

      • NinjaKitteh

        I did indeed get the Gremlins reference. You're point about the "isms" is also well founded. We, unfortunate as it is, are a species of classification and as such there must always be some moniker attached to everything we all feel makes us unique. Whether those classifications are good or bad.
        I also didn't call you a troll because you clearly aren't one. You always responded with due diligence and intelligently. In fact it is rare I get to have a proper discussion with someone online, regardless of the outcome. I find it only proper to thank you for your tact and respect shown towards me. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts in the future.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        It's actually rather rare that I get to have a halfway intelligent discussion with anyone online as well. More often than not my comments are either ignored or responded to... most unintelligently (to put it nicely). Hopefully next time we meet on here we'll get to be on the same side.

    • 61050

      im only liking this post to counteract the negative likes. ya big bunch of meanies.

    • DtheGOPkiller

      First off how you know virtually nothing about how the virtual controls are. Second whats it being that old have to do with anything? It's a great game. Who cares how old it is. Guess they should never have put PAC MAN on iOS it's far far far older.

    • Ph0lly

      You are correct, gameplay improves and playing a 3D game from this far back will look bad and play worse.

      • ImJPaul

        You have been spreading hate all over this post. You must feel pretty cool, huh?

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        I know right? I mean it's one thing to make a semi-humorous comment like mine to show disagreement, but he's just being mean.

      • themostunclean

        Him and Free2play4eva have been trolling it up all over the place today.

      • dariusjr98

        And you honestly haven't been any better with the name calling. You're reacting EXACTLY how they want you to do, so they've already won. Ever heard the term "don't feed the trolls?"

      • themostunclean

        But they act funny if you feed them...

      • themostunclean

        Let me clear that up- it's hilarious to watch ignorant trolls flip their lids.

      • Ph0lly

        What are you talking about, the truth isn't hate. How about thinking before you respond.

      • Y.Badiner

        Why so angry?

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Because he's a troll bro. We don't know why they act like this.

  • Dustin Leiblein

    If it supports controllers it could be ok.

  • handycapman

    Boobs... That is all.

    • Mike

      That was my first thought back then, and still is to this day. Celebrate!

    • Ph0lly

      You're already on the Internet making pointless posts, just go look at real boobies.

      • themostunclean

        And your posts are just riveting and totally have a point beyond you being a wang.

      • nini

        Wang, boobs, it's like a sexy party!

      • themostunclean

        I only use this when it actually happens- LOL. Biggest laugh I've had today. Thank you!

      • Jake7905

        That went right over your head.

    • Fraz@TA

      Triangular boobies!

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        More conical really, but pointy nevertheless.

  • Mirai

    But as much as I love the original trilogy, the controls are going to be hell.
    Definitely one for a physical controller.

  • Bool Zero

    ...More like a couple of reboots (Legends was regarded as a semi-reboot) and a couple of movies, but yeah, the series has been around with its ups, down and ups again. I'll be grabbing this, partly for nostalgia's sake but also because these games would seem to work well on idevices given their stiff controls and tank-like movement. The level design was great for its time, part puzzle, part adventure, all fun gaming...

  • WAV 80

    INSTABUY... boobies

  • RickyBrooke

    Oh wow ! What a surprise!!!

    I am a huge Tomb Raider fan and if this is true, and the start of a series of ports of the early games, then I am going to be overjoyed!!!!

    Can anyone confirm this is the original game?

    • Eseres

      Looks like it though.

    • GamerGuy

      lol, the image above says "It's the Original!"

  • HungarianUrinalCakes

    Well, I know how I'll be spending my night! Trying to get that damned NUDE LARA cheat to work!

  • curtisrshideler

    I hope this means there's still a chance to see FFVI or DGVIII by Friday!

    • Nick

      I hate you, now my hopes are up for FFVI/3... Sigh.

  • rabidnz

    This game was always just a shitty playstation game with horrid controls and unbearable camera. It did have boobies though, so it was better than quake or golden eye in one way.

    • Wedge598

      I did love this game when it first came out. But I will admit that the controls were pretty horrible for the first few games. At $.99 I think they priced it right considering it's age. Now I'll retract that statement if $.99 only gets you the first level and then you need to fork out money for the rest.

    • Nick

      It had horrible controls, but most games released in that period that were platformers like this had terrible controls. Resident Evil 1 was equally as terrible, if not worse than this.

      But seeing as these were groundbreaking games that defined genres, they deserve some slack. But in no universe are they, or this, 'shitty'. The game itself still is very solid, there's a ton to do in the game, and for a dollar? Seriously.

  • Taclys

    I like how people are raging on the graphics of this game, while many of you were excited for Sonic 2 that JUST came out. C'mon people.

    • cdlink14

      To be fair the sonic game is a remaster.

      • nini

        And pixels never look bad.

  • Nick

    Considering this and the first RE were played on the non analog PS1 controllers, I can't imagine the control scheme being worse.

    Besides, $0.99! That's ridonkuslous.

  • Icaras

    Great news but I'd love to see Aspyr port this over to the Mac too since we already have TRII.

  • ImJPaul

    Well, I'm going to stray from the norm here and say YAY! I loved this game back when I played it on my ps1. It looks dated, sure. But it's a freaking dollar. Once upon a time I paid $40 for this game at Toys R Us. I bought it along with Super Smash Bros. Ohhhhh.......the good ol' days.

  • dancj

    Shame it's not the remastered version of Tomb Raider. I'm sure with a few dropped effects and a bit of a reduced polygon count modern iOS devices could cope well.

    • themostunclean

      The newest devices could probably run it with little to no changes.

  • zergslayer69

    Does this game support "physics"? Giggity.

  • LiberachiX

    Release Tomb Raider Legend and Underworld next!

  • themostunclean

    I have to say, there seems to be an excess of very large virtual buttons in the screenshot.

  • orangecan

    It'll be a novelty buy for me, but for that price I'll definitely be buying it. Think I've played through it at least 3 times since it first came out but I'll never forget sitting down on the evening of release and losing myself until about 4 in the morning. There's not that many games that have done that to me over the years so it still holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately I don't hold up much hope for the controls but I'm prepared to be surprised.

  • Retro Nug

    Very interesting. I just finished the newest Tomb Raider on the 360, and then I see this the same day! For .99 it's a no-brainer even if the virtual controls end up ruining it. Worth the "risk" in my opinion.

  • BrettArchibald

    I couldn't get the hang of the controls for this game on the PlayStation. Mind you, I did first play it on my Mac and was very accustomed to using the keyboard to play. That was a very enjoyable experience! Maybe we can play this on the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard! 😉

  • Tomate Diseño

    While it's nice to see older games being made available to old fogies who enjoyed them first time round and a potential new audience I could give a list of 100 PS1 era games that would work better on touch devices. Some of the puzzles in Tomb Raider required painfully precise timing that were hard enough when you had buttons with a nice clicky action, unless the games been made a lot more simple it's going to be a frustrating experience.

  • Mirai

    I'll throw it out there:
    Crash Bandicoot Trilogy for iOS.
    Make it happen people!

    • ramon31

      There is no doubt Crash Bandicoot will be turned into an endless runner at some stage, it's just a matter of when...

  • clompah

    Waiting for free2play4eva to say that this is to expensive and that it should be free. Other that that this game is instabuy for me

  • RickyBrooke

    Yes the controls could make or break this.

    Loads of essential jumps in TR1, 2 and 3 required you to line yourself up by using walk-lock and then using split second jumps to reach nearly impossible platforms. Miss anything by a millimetre and you fall to your death. Again...and again...and again.....

    It could be too frustrating to play with muddy or over sensitive controls so here's hoping that they have devised some way to make this work on touch screen...

  • JD214

    Jus .99 cents? Instabuy! Hope it doesn't have IAP's.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    This game has aged about as well as William Shatner.

  • Jake7905

    A buck for a classic? Yeah, I'll be taking a trip down memory lane at 11, no hesitation here.

  • NOEN

    OMG! This is awesome! TR is my all time favorite franchise. I was just playing this one on my Vita yesterday!

  • Goggles789

    Final Fantasy 6 🙁

  • Maniacfive

    I remember having this for the N-Gage. Cost more than 69p back then! Will definitely be picking this up.

  • Nekkedsnake

    oh wow! i emulated this on my 4S before but now it's officially an app!

  • Kane

    Boobs - Check
    Caves - Check
    Dinosaurs - Check
    Guns - Check
    Sexy moan - Check

    Time to play the game... Duna na, duna na, tuff, duna na, duna na.

    It's all about the game, and how you play it.. It's all about the game.

  • Slothgimp

    Any Aussies out there had a chance to play it and want to let us know what it's like? I'm practically drooling with impatience!

    • Zendorphin

      Bought and downloading now.

      • Zendorphin

        Seems annoying so far. I'm thinking this is one for people with controllers. Oh well.

      • Slothgimp

        Pants. Just been released in the UK and downloading now. No sleep for me tonight

      • Slothgimp

        Just played the mansion tutorial and didn't have any problems with controls, looks like it's going to be a sound port

  • Soarel

    Time to line some cameras up with walls...

  • eventide

    What's happening to this place? All the bickering and pettiness...not what I'm used to here.

    • ImJPaul

      Where have you been? Anytime there's a thread with 20+ comments that's all that exists. This would be doubled if it was F2P or Forgotten Memories. Haha

  • Alexythimia23

    Reading some of the comments make me feel like im watching the jerry springer show what with all the bitchin go on lmao but its always nice to have some comedy relief on this forum haha p.s keep on bringing this ports over!!! We want more!! Silent hill would be great!

    • Dr. Woodenstein

      My God I would beat a homeless Italian midget for Silent Hill. On a less violent and more realistic note, I found a dev who could totally build a Silent Hill clone if he wanted (I'm like 95% sure he could) but if he would ever do that I don't know.

      • Alexythimia23

        You need to get him on that, i would definitely say there is a great market on ios or android for a silent hill port, for sure! I would pay good money just for the nostalgia, origins or shattered memoried from the psp would be an awesome introduction to ios lol

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Well it obviously wouldn't be real Silent Hill, it would be like if Gameloft tried to make a Silent Hill except better and without IAP.

  • LuckySunday

    It's starting! Developers are beginning to understand how to use the potential of current hardware to mimic the consoles of old.

    This is actually an exciting time. In about 6 months the bigger budget developers will have tapped into the possibility of true gaming experiences we've only seen from the recent consoles.

    This is definitely a must have to the iOS Classic's game folder.

  • bigjack66

    Tomb raider was a good game for its time and at 99c you really can't complain. You've got to remember games weren't as sophisticated back then although they could thrash a load of the crap on the iOS site.

  • bretonmj

    Actually, it was a PC game before it was on the PS1. Controlled pretty well with a keyboard.

  • planckboy

    It's on the Australian AppStore - just purchased... $1, why not eh?

  • djstout

    Some are clearly too young to understand what Tomb Raider is to video games. This game is a classic of its genre and one of the best game I played on PS1. Tomb Raider for 1$ only is a gift! Good or ok gameplay, I bought it and will surely enjoy it!

  • jar0d

    OMG. That is so great. I hope they port the other titles to. I remember that magic moment when I played the game on my PC and a few month later I bought a Monster 3D fx graphic card. Boom. Dat graphic 😀

  • seti

    Controls look horrible

  • Wedge598

    This game has a particular soft spot for me as it was the first game I bought that used my brand new Rendition based 3D graphics card. At the time the antialiasing and tri-linear buffering were big deals and this game featured some of the most impressive water and ground textures that I had ever seen. I'll probably grab this if $0.99 gets you the whole game.

  • Nekkedsnake

    game looks great but it has TANK controls. NOOO! and on a touch device... thats the catch for 0.99...

  • smiffee666

    for 69p (99c) this is quite a surprise.
    lets face it, tomb raider always had dodgy controls and to an extent the same is true of this port, but for the price i'd recommend anyone who played it on ps1 or pc to give it a go as a trip down memory lane (and imho a very playable one) its worth a pop