Parents' Guide to

Lara Croft GO

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Challenging turn-based puzzler with non-sexualized heroine.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Great Family Friendly Game w/ interesting puzzles!

My 11 year old son recently bought this game for his iPod touch. He let me have a go and I'll admit - it was tricky but soon I got the knack of it. Some violence but no blood and when there was violence it was not people fighting but fantastical creatures. A good game which has a feminist side to it (I think there are far too many games nowadays with only male main characters) . A great puzzler with beautiful graphics - a must play!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Fans of the original mobile strategy game will immediately notice the changes that were needed to help the transition from phone to console. Lara Croft GO's gamepad interface makes controlling her diagonal movements across the board a bit trickier than an intuitive touchscreen swipe. Collecting items from hidden urns requires moving a cursor with the right thumbstick rather than a simple tap. Plus, players need to use two-button combinations to move pillars and pull chain switches instead of simply tapping an arrow. None of this is particularly problematic; it just feels a bit less natural than it did on a phone or tablet.

The rest of the experience has been faithfully ported. The puzzles are just as challenging as ever, but now frustrated players can freely call upon an unlimited supply of free hints that will walk them through the game's trickiest tasks step by step (these hints needed to be purchased in the mobile edition). And the new set of levels in Lara's manor offers a nice bonus for returning players, introducing some clever new mechanics -- including pillars that emit event-triggering light beams, plus a handful of levels that involve a mirror version of Lara. This forces players to control two characters at the same time in some of these later stages. The additions come with enough depth that could easily have formed the foundation for a proper sequel. Let's not forget: Playing the PlayStation edition means you can earn some quick trophies. If you missed this great puzzler on phone and tablet, now's your chance to see why it was one of the best mobile games of 2015.

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