Tomb Raider Underworld

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Platformer spoils gorgeous visuals with lackluster action.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Lara Croft is a strong lead character whose female attributes are exaggerated.

Violence

Lara uses weapons like assault rifles, handguns, and grenades to defeat enemies both animal and human. Foes spurt blood after being shot. Lara does have the option to use a tranquilizer gun to knock out foes as opposed to killing them. She also fights with her fists.

Sex

The female characters are presented as having somewhat exaggerated figures and dressed provocatively. In the opening level, for example, Lara wears a wetsuit revealing a little cleavage and showing lots of leg.

Language

The worst words used are "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

This is part of a series of Tomb Raider action adventure games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adventure sticks to the traditional Tomb Raider formula of platforming, puzzle solving, and straightforward shootouts. Heroine Lara Croft uses weapons like assault rifles, handguns, and grenades, as well as her fists. Sometimes, you'll see blood when Lara kills humans or wild animals. As always, Lara dresses rather provocatively, often wearing outfits that show a lot of skin. There is mild cussing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 22, 2010

Hopeless but not that violent.

Tomb raider underworld is not a good game. The violence is moderate. Using guns to shoot people and animals. Only a bit of blood is shown but not in detail or a... Continue reading
Adult Written byjacobgamingeye0 June 26, 2015

Great puzzeler

Very good puzzle game all though guns are used frequently. There are very mild language in it as well
Kid, 11 years old March 9, 2009

BEST TOMB RAIDER YET

THIS S THE BEST TOMB RAIDER TO DATE THE GAME IS THE 3RD MOST GORGOEUS SECOND ONLY TO JUST CAUSE AND STREET FIGHTER IV THE ACTION GAMEPLAY IS BRILLIANT. THE GAME... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2011

I liked Tomb Raider Legend Better.

I got this with Tomb Raider Trilogy and It wasn't exactly the best Tomb Raider ever, the gameplay and story are fun but there is a lot of technical issues... Continue reading

What's it about?

Gaming's most recognizable heroine makes her big return in TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD. And while Lara Croft and the environments she explores look exquisite, the action is less impressive. Lara's latest quest takes her on a search for the hammer of Norse god Thor, once considered a myth. She eventually finds proof of its existence in the Mediterrean Sea, and sets off on her journey to discover the item.
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Tomb Raider Underworld sticks to the concepts that made the franchise so popular: platforming, puzzle solving, and acrobatic gunplay. For this adventure, Lara boasts a bevy of new moves and tools. A sonar map creates a 3-D image of the environment to better spot hidden areas. Instead of just killing enemies, Lara can opt to use tranquilizer guns to knock foes out. Lara travels all over the world in search of the Hammer, from the jungles of Thailand to the frozen landscapes of the Arctic Sea.

Is it any good?

Underworld is definitely one of the most attractive Tomb Raider titles in the series. The environments are gorgeous. Ancient ruins sport fine details etched in stone, while jungles look lush and vibrant. You'll even see Lara get dirty as she climbs walls and darts through ruins. Unfortunately, the action doesn't match up. For a game with these epic locales, the actual adventure feels boring. Underworld emphasizes exploration, yet the game feels pretty linear. For newbies, the game provides a field guide that offers tips in case you're stuck on a level. However, the platforming and puzzles are pretty basic, so most players won't need this option.

The platforming suffers because of an erractic camera. If you're moving too quickly, the camera struggles to follow, leaving you viewing the action from a bad angle. This makes executing big leaps all the more difficult. The combat is solid, but not very explosive. While Lara looks quite agile leaping away from gunfire as she shoots enemies, most opponents put forth little effort. Some even stood still while Lara picked them off with ease. Tomb Raider fans will enjoy Lara's latest quest even though it's lackluster. But if you are looking for a great platformer, you're better off exploring different options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Tomb Raider franchise. What has made the game so successful? Also, could Lara still be a really cool hero without an exaggerated figure and the need to wear revealing outfits?

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