Friday, September 7, 2007

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is a series of video games, comic books, novels and movies, centering around the adventures of the female fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft. Since the release of the original Tomb Raider in 1996, the series developed into a lucrative franchise of related media, and Lara went on to become a major icon of the video game industry. Even Guinness Book of World Records have recognized Lara Croft as the "Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine" in 2006.
Six games in the series were developed by Core Design, and the latest two by Crystal Dynamics. All the games were published by Eidos Interactive, which holds the rights to the Tomb Raider trademark and characters of the franchise. To date two movies, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, have been produced starring American actress Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. The Tomb Raider video games have together sold over 30 million units, making it one of the highest selling video game series of all time. The highest selling Lara Croft game was Tomb Raider II which sold over 8 million units.

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