Mac game publisher
last week, and today the company officially announced the release of Tomb Raider: Chronicles, the latest in the popular action game series to be released for the Macintosh. The company has released the game just in time to cash in on the popularity of the new action movie featuring Angelina Jolie.
The game was originally developed by Core Design and published for the PC by Eidos Interactive. Licensed for the Mac and published by Aspyr Media, Tomb Raider: Chronicles was ported by Mac game conversion studio Westlake Interactive, which has handled the conversion of all Tomb Raider games since the release of Tomb Raider II.
A few things set Tomb Raider: Chronicles apart from the rest of the games in the series. Tomb Raider: Chronicles ships with its own level editor, enabling users to make and share their own environments for Lara Croft to explore. It is also the first game in the series to arrive built for Mac OS X.
The game itself incorporates four separate adventures that players will have to beat. Focused around a memorial service for intrepid adventurer Lara Croft — who is still missing following the events of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. Her friends each recount a heroic tale of adventure that gives some insight into Lara’s past.
The game features graphical improvements like increased detail, improved lighting, more characters and objects and greater environmental interaction. Lara has a more flexible inventory system and can combine objects as well.
Lara herself gains some new abilities like tightrope walking, parallel bar swinging and hand-to-hand stealth attack. Her arsenal has grown, too — she’ll get the use of a grappling hook gun, sniper rifle and chloroform, and she’ll be able to search through files, drawers and other containers for useful items.
System requirements include a G3 266MHz or faster; OpenGL-compatible 3D hardware acceleration (ATI RAGE Pro or better); Mac OS 8.6 or higher including Mac OS X; 32MB RAM; 4x CD-ROM. Aspyr said that the game will play on any iMac Rev. B or higher. The level editor requires an additional 300MB of uncompressed hard disk space.
Tomb Raider: Chronicles will be available wherever Mac games are sold, and carries a suggested retail price of US$39.95.