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Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword

Developer: Core Design | Publisher: Activision
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 07/01/01 | Genre: Action

Hot on the heels of the hit movie, Tomb Raider, Activision has released an all new Tomb Raider Adventure on the Game Boy Color. Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword, is Lara Croft's second venture onto Nintendo's handheld system. Curse of the Sword builds upon an already incredible game and is one of the best action games on a handheld platform I have ever played.

Curse of the Sword begins with colorful cinematic scenes, nearly identical to the prior Game Boy Color title, Tomb Raider. These play out one slide at a time. A simple "A" or "B" button tap will bring you to the next slide. The story begins with Lara and a friend at a museum. Hooligans break in and steal a sword that is rumored to have been used in black magic practices. As the game begins, Lara takes off to retrieve the sword, before it gets out of the museum. There is just one problem֠Lara doesn't have her guns on her. (Don't you just hate it when you are trying to retrieve a cursed sword and you leave your guns in your other pants?)

Curse of the Sword takes Lara from New York rooftops, New Orleans swamplands, abandoned subways, jungles, and an underwater submarine. Each level has a variety of different puzzles to solve such as restoring power to an elevator. This involves working your way into the room to start the generator. However, the way to the generator is conveniently blocked by locked walls and doors. Isn't it nice how people leave the keys to these things lying on the ground in plain sight?

Controlling Lara is much less confusing than the PC and Playstation counterparts. Pressing down left and right on the control pad allows Lara to walk left and right, while down crouches her, and up makes her jump. While crouched, pushing left or right will allow Lara to roll. Jumping up is as simple as tapping the up button on the control pad, while a running jump can be performed by holding down the B, pressing the left or right on the control pad, and finally pressing up. Finally, Lara can climb ladders or walls by pressing the B button and pressing the direction the wall or ladder is at.

Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword will leave you wanting more. While this is only Lara's second venture onto the Game Boy Color, I already am anticipating a Game Boy Advance version of Tomb Raider. If you are growing a little tired of the PC and Playstation versions of Tomb Raider, do yourself a favor and go pick up Curse of the Sword. It will remind you why you enjoyed Tomb Raider to begin with.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 08/19/01
ESRB Details: Violence
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Gallop Racer 2001