Tomb Raider Underworld is a puzzle based action adventure video game published by Eidos Interactive for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. It is the eighth instalment in the Tomb Raider franchise. Initial release date of the game is 18 November, 2008.
Tomb Raider Underworld is filled with puzzling exploration and it is possible that players get stuck on some level in the game. That’s why walkthroughs are available to guide the players step by step to solve different puzzles and complete the game successfully. Sometimes a walkthrough can help you save a lot of time by avoiding any exploration and simply telling you the combination you need in a certain scenario. All walkthroughs are identical and the only difference between the walkthroughs of different platforms is the button combination used in various scenarios. Walkthroughs for Tomb Raider Underworld are available in text as well as video formats.
Cheats are officially supported by the game. Cheats can be activated by using specific button combinations in the game. That’s why cheats in different platforms require different button combinations. There are very limited amounts of cheats available, those include: bulletproof Lara, show enemy health, one-shot kill, etc. You need an unpatched version of the game to activate cheats. Cheats of Tomb Raider Legend also work in Tomb Raider Underworld.
There are several outfits of Lara in the game but only one of them is unlockable (the white swimsuit). It is unlocked after completing the game. Other outfits can be picked before starting a level and can be changed after completing a level. Outfits in the game include:
- Bathing Suit (unlockable)
- Jungle Shorts
- Jungle Heavy
- Jungle Pants
- Snow Light
- Snow Heavy
Mods are also available which can be used to modify Lara’s outfits.
Tomb Raider Underworld is played in a third-person perspective, in which player assumes control of Lara Croft. The gameplay uses a dynamic animation blending system which allows dynamic interaction of Lara with the environment, for example, Lara pushes foliage sideways with either one or two hands, depending on whether she is carrying a weapon or not. Another gameplay feature is a hybrid lighting model that combines carefully created light maps with dynamic lights and a vibrant weather system that changes the entire gameplay environment.
Tomb Raider Underworld also introduces new melee combat mechanics, requiring Lara in some cases to use direct melee combat and sometimes evasive maneuvers to create a distance between herself and her attacker. Lara’s bike is also a key component in solving many puzzles during her adventure. Items picked-up by Lara have several uses as tools and weapons in interaction with the environment. The grappling hook can now be used to push different objects off ledges. For the first time, the gameplay is made non-linear as compared to previous games, and removes the need for any hint icons indicating the option to interact with different objects.
Tomb Raider Underworld trailer shows the beautiful environment the game is set in. The trailer also shows off Lara’s exploration skills including jumping, running, climbing, etc. Enemies like wild animals are also shown in the trailer and survival skills of Lara Croft are displayed as she fights them. Near the end of the trailer, shooting aspect of the game is also displayed.