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Tomb Raider Demos and Full Game Download
The original Tomb Raider was designed to run in DOS and the Windows 95/98/Me operating systems. The CD version of the full game can be patched to run without any problems (see below), but to the best of my knowledge, nobody has patched the demos. I offer download links here anyway, for those with older systems or who just want to tinker.
The Steam download is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and requires no patching.
Tomb Raider Bonus Levels
"Unfinished Business" and "Shadow of the Cat" are mini-scenarios consisting of 2 levels each. These 4 bonus levels are included on a second CD in the "Gold" edition of Tomb Raider 1 for PC, or they can be downloaded for free but require the original Tomb Raider CD to play. (Tomb Raider Gold for Macintosh includes these levels so they were not released as separate Mac downloads.)
I highly recommend using the installers/patches listed in the next section to run these bonus levels on systems with Windows XP or later. But, again, I leave the original downloads here in case anyone still wants to play with them.
TR1 and Unfinished Business on Newer Versions of Windows
Tomb Raider 1 and the Unfinished Business expansion were designed for DOS and should install and play just fine under Windows 95/98/Me. However, a bit of effort is needed to make them work on newer Windows systems. Eidos/Square Enix do not offer support for this, but several enterprising fans have developed solutions.
- For the Steam or GOG version of the game, try the Tomb Raider 1 Automated Fix - Improved Graphics, Resolution, Music + Expansion Pack by Carlmundo, posted on the Steam Community site. It also includes a built-in launcher for the Unfinished Business expansion pack.
- Glidos, created by Paul Gardiner, is shareware (free to try, $10 to unlock). Glidos quickly and easily installs the game and allows you to configure it with various sound and graphics enhancements, including full compatibility with the Tomb Raider Xtra high-res texture packs. Glidos also works with the GOG and Steam downloads. For details, downloads and instructions, visit Glidos.net.
If you don't want to bother with installers and patches, GOG and Steam offer updated versions of TR1 for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 that run without patching but are much improved by Carlmundo's patch. If you don't use the patch, you can still add Unfinished Business and/or the full musical soundtrack using these instructions for the GOG Unfinished Business setup and Steam Unfinished Business setup.
TR1 on Newer Macintosh Systems
If you're looking for help running any of the classic Core Design Tomb Raider games on a modern Mac system, I highly recommend MacRaider. This site includes a wealth of general information on the games, as well as a detailed section on backward compatibility. It includes info on PowerPC, Mac OS9, MacIntel, Mac OSX and various methods of running Windows games on Mac systems.
Other Patches and Utilities for TR1
Official Legacy Patches
Most of the TR1 patches are now obsolete. They've been replaced by separate installers for newer versions of Windows, which are described in the section above. Here are a few legacy patches for players still running Windows 95/98/Me:
Restore PlayStation Soundtrack in PC Version
The PlayStation version of Tomb Raider contains the full soundtrack by Nathan McCree. For some reason the PC version is missing most of these audio tracks. However, with a little tweaking they can be restored.
In order to use a gamepad, you'll need a utility to map gamepad buttons to keyboard inputs. I still use a keyboard for the classic games, so I can't recommend any particular software, but here are just a few: DS4Windows (for Dualshock 4), InputMapper, Pinnacle Game Profiler, and XPadder.
Other UnofficiaL Patches & Mods
TR1 Last Secret Fixer by SuiKaze Raider - Due to a bug, the final secret in the game is not counted correctly. It doesn't affect gameplay, but even if you find all secrets, your stats screen will always be one short. This patch fixes the issue on the PC, PSX, and iOS versions. For details and downloads, follow this link to the relevant forum thread.
Also check out the unofficial but awesome Core-Design.com for the latest community-made updates for the original Tomb Raider.
Escapeplay Video Player
If you are unable to see the video sequences at the start of the game and between certain levels, or if you just want to watch them again, you may want to download EscapePlay (765 KB) to watch the movies outside the game. The readme.txt file included with the download explains how to use it.
Alternatively, you can watch all the Tomb Raider cinematics on my YouTube channel.
Disabling the Windows Key
TR1 runs in DOS, so accidentally pressing the Windows (Start Menu) key causes the game to crash to the desktop. This can be prevented by downloading and using one of the following utilities. I have found both very helpful, but since neither is my creation, I am not responsible for them. So use and enjoy it at your own risk.
- For Windows 95/98/Me - Try WinKey Killer utility created by Brad Jackson. Instructions are included in the 'readme' text file accompanying the download.
- For Windows XP/Vista/7 - Try WKeyDisabler by ShoXDK. Link is to the WKey Disabler page on Codeplex.com, where you will also find instructions for using it.
For additional help with technical issues, please visit the Square Enix Tomb Raider 1-6 Technical Forum or Tombraiderforums.com, which also has a section on modding.
Trainers, Save Files and Savegame Editors
I prefer the use of savegame editors to game "trainers," but if you really want one, they are out there. Use Google to search for keywords like "tomb raider trainer." Just be sure to virus-scan any files you download.
Tomb Raider savegame files are on a separate page.
Savegame & Position Editors are fairly easy to use and make for more "realistic" cheating. Instead of making Lara invincible, you can add just a few medi-packs, a weapon or some ammo, a key you missed, or just a little extra air when Lara needs it. The position editor lets you reposition her anywhere in a level, for fun or to avoid danger.
Tomb Raider Soundtrack
The Music of Tomb Raider has collected the definitive soundracks for all the games. Visit their Community Discography page for details and downloads.