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 Different rooms and areas are in bold/green, secrets are in bold/red and save crystals (for PlayStation 1 version) are indicated in bold/blue. Pickups will be in orange, and important pickups will be in bold/pink. Enemies will be in bold/black.

Tomb Raider 1 Walkthrough:

Step-by-step Tomb Raider 1 walkthrough with screenshots and videos to help you with the trickiest parts. Our Tomb Raider 1 walkthrough help guide is colour-coded for your convenience.

In this, the original Tomb Raider game, we have our first introduction to Lara Croft - beautiful, rich, talented and very tough, she swept onto the scene and became an immediate sensation. Tomb Raider sees our heroine facing down mummies, bad guys (and gals!), hostile creatures of all descriptions and mutants. She travels the globe and goes from place to place, each more atmospheric than the last.

At the bottom of most of the levels, I've uploaded a PC savegame file with all kills, pickups and secrets. As I did this when I was creating the actual walkthrough, the level times will not be fast and the saves will be many! Each save will begin at the very end of the level. For example, for the 'Caves' save file, just load the game and walk forward to end the level.

The save game files go into the Tomb Raider folder, wherever you have it installed:

Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamLibrary\Games\steamapps\common\Tomb Raider (I)
GOG: C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Tomb Raider 1\TOMBRAID
PC: Look for a folder called 'TOMBRAID', under the game installation folder.

Yours may be in a different place, but this is usually where you can install save game files. Please read the 'readme.txt' file included with each save file download, as there are 2 versions in each, depending on whether or not you have installed this patch. Please read this post for more information.

Although PC users can save the game whenever they want, I'll point out all save crystals for the PlayStation version.

For help with the game and using the controls, click here.

Once you've familiarized yourself with the controls, you're ready to start a new game......

First Level }

Peru Levels

Level 1: Caves
Level 2: City of Vilcabamba
Level 3: The Lost Valley
Level 4: Tomb of Qualopec

Greco-Roman Levels

Level 5: St. Francis' Folly
Level 6: Colosseum
Level 7: Palace Midas
Level 8: Cistern
Level 9: Tomb of Tihocan

Egypt Levels

Level 10: City of Khamoon
Level 11: Obelisk of Khamoon
Level 12: Sanctuary of the Scion

Atlantis Levels

Level 13: Natla's Mines
Level 14: Atlantis
Level 15: The Great Pyramid


October 2021

  • Some screenshots added and updated for better clarity.
  • Small portions of some sections of the guide updated for better clarity.
  • More details added at the top of each level.

October 2019

  • This walkthrough has been updated to make it completely responsive so it can be viewed correctly on devices of all sizess.
  • Some spelling and grammatical errors have been corrected.
  • Now all screenshots and videos open in a lightbox for easier viewing.
  • Feedback form added to all walkthrough pages.

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