IMPORTANT: Tombraiders.net is not responsible for anything that happens to your computer as a result of downloading these files or following advice given here or on any linked site. All of my files are safe and malware-free. Still, I recommend following these instructions step by step, especially the part about backing up your existing saves.
This page pertains to PC save files for Tomb Raiders 1 through 6 only. Save files for the newer games work a little differently. For detailed instructions, please see the separate sections for Legend, Anniversary, Underworld, TOMB RAIDER (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Classic Macintosh savegame instructions are also on a separate page.
If you already know what savegame files are and just want instructions on how to download and install them, you can skip down to the instructions.
What are savegame files?
Every time you save your game while playing Tomb Raider, a file is created containing all the information about your game so farLara's location, health status, inventory, items found and used, enemies killed, etc. These files are named 'savegame' with a number extension (e.g., savegame.0, savegame.1, etc.) and stored on your hard drive. There is one savegame file for each 'slot' on the Save/Load Game screen.
When you reload a game you have previously saved, your computer interprets the savegame file and restores Lara exactly where she was when you saved. You've probably done this hundreds of times. The only difference here is that we'll be moving these files from my game to yours.
What are .zip files?
All the PC save files on this site come in .zip files. A .zip file lets us group several files together in one convenient package, such as a collection of save files for a particular game level. Most of the .zip files here also include a text document describing the in-game location for each save.
How do I get the savegame files out of the .zip file?
Newer versions of Windows should open .zip files automatically when you double-click on them. If this doesn't happen, right-click the .zip file and choose 'Open with'. Then choose Windows Explorer or File Explorer. You can also use a stand-alone archive program like WinZip or WinRAR to open .zip files and extract the files inside.
Now how do I get them into my game?
This works a little differently depending on the game and the version of Windows you have. Start by following the instructions below. I know it's a lot of words, but not every section will apply to you. If you take it step by step, it's really not too difficult.
Can Windows users install saves made on a Macintosh and vice-versa?
No. Unfortunately, classic Tomb Raider Mac savegame files and Windows savegame files are incompatible. This site has a selection of both. These can be found on the savegame file pages for each game. For additional Mac saves, visit Sailmaker Software and MacRaider.
All of the following should be done when the Tomb Raider game is not running.
If you're having trouble, Windows Help and your particular web browser's Help function can provide more info about downloading files from the web.
If you have been saving your game as you play, you will already have some savegame files of your own. Before you install the saves you downloaded, you will probably want to back up your own savegame files (i.e., move them into a new folder or save them on a thumb drive, disk, etc.).
It's also a good idea to do this every now and then while playing in case you accidentally save in a bad spotlike when Lara is about to die. Then, if necessary, you can restore your earlier saves.
Different versions of the TR games keep their save files in different locations.
For the Steam versions of Tomb Raiders 1-6:
For the GOG (Good Old Games) versions of Tomb Raiders 1-6:
For the CD versions of Tomb Raiders 2-5:
For the CD version of Tomb Raider 1:
Follow steps 1-3, in the section for Tomb Raiders 2-5, above.
For the CD version of Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness:
Follow steps 1-3, in the section for Tomb Raiders 2-5, above.
Next steps for all games and all versions:
Once you have located your save files as described above,
VERY IMPORTANT: If you haven't already backed up your own saves (as explained in PART 2, above), you should definitely do that before continuing. Otherwise, you may accidentally erase your own saves.
Now that you've completed all of the steps above, your downloaded saves should be in the game program directory. Close all the windows and files you've opened and start the game as usual.
In the main menu, choose the 'Load Game' option to bring up your list of saved games. The downloaded saves should now be on that list. Select the save you want and press Enter (or Action) to load it, just as you would load your own saved game. Now you should be good to go!
If you've done everything as described and the saves won't load, first check the troubleshooting section below. A few common problems are addressed there. If you don't find the answer you need, feel free to ask for help.
I double-clicked the savegame file and the game won't load. Or, I opened the savegame file and it looks like a bunch of gibberish text. What am I doing wrong?
Savegame files are written by the game program and can only be read by the game program (or a savegame editor or hex editor...but those are topics for another page). Loading a savegame file by double-clicking it won't work. Instead, you need to move the savegame file into your game program directory, play the game, and load it from the Load Game screenthe same way you load your own saves while playing. The step-by-step instructions above explain how to do this.
I followed the instructions but I can't find the Tomb Raider game directory on my computer where you said it would be.
These instructions are based on the 'default' installation pathwhere the program would be installed if you didn't specify a different location when you first set up the game. If you chose a different location, then that is where the savegame files will be.
If you can't remember where you installed the game then you will need to search your computer to find it. If you're using Windows 7 or older, open the Start Menu and choose 'Find' or 'Search'. Then, in the box under 'Named' or 'Find files or folders named', enter the name of the program from the list below.
For newer versions of Windows, open File Explorer, select the hard drive where your games are installed, and type the name of the program file into the box at the top left corner of the window. Depending on how your hard drive is indexed you may need to browse to the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder and then do the search.
The program files for each Tomb Raider game are:
tomb.exe (Tomb Raider 1)
tombub.exe (Tomb Raider Gold or Unfinished Business)
tomb2.exe (Tomb Raider 2)
tr2gold.exe (Golden Mask)
tomb3.exe (Tomb Raider 3)
tr3gold.exe (The Lost Artifact)
tomb4.exe (Last Revelation)
TRAODSG (not the Angel of Darkness program file but the save files themselves)
If you can't find the game program, try searching for 'Core Design', 'Eidos', 'savegame', or even 'tomb'. The search may turn up other files with those names, so you will then have to sort through the results.
Once you've found the relevant file, right-click it and choose 'Open folder location', 'Open Containing Folder', or 'Open File Location' (depending on your Windows version) from the drop-down menu. Then follow the instructions above for installing the save files. Things should work smoothly.
Windows Vista: If you are not running the Tomb Raider game as an administrator, then the game will write the save files to a special 'Virtual Store' folder, rather than the folder with the game program. Look for this folder on your main hard drive, usually (C:) > Users > your actual username > AppData > Local > VirtualStore. If you don't see the AppData folder, it may be hidden. Try clicking the Start Menu, search for 'Folder Options' and open it. Click the View tab and then make sure the button for 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' is selected. Then repeat the steps above.
Windows 7: The save files are usually written to the same folder as the game program, but if you don't see them at first click the 'Compatibility Files' button in the toolbar (as shown here). If you see your existing save files under 'Compatibility Files,' that's where you should place the downloaded saves.
Windows 8: Try looking inside 'Program Files (x86)' for a folder named 'Eidos Interactive' or 'Core Design. Within that folder there should be a subfolder for each TR game you have installed. If you find the game folder but don't see the savegame files, open the Start menu and type 'Folder Options'. Then click the entry for 'Folder Options' that appears in the search results at the top of the Start menu. This should open the 'Folder Options' dialog box. Click the 'View' tab. Under Advanced settings, select 'Show hidden files, folders, and drives'. Then click 'OK'.
Windows 10: Try looking inside 'Program Files (x86)' for a folder named 'Eidos Interactive' or 'Core Design. Within that folder there should be a subfolder for each TR game you have installed. If you find the game folder but don't see the savegame files, open the Start menu and type 'File Explorer Options'. Then click the entry for 'File Explorer Options' that appears in the search results at the top of the Start menu. This should open the 'File Explorer Options' dialog box. Click the 'View' tab to display a long list of settings. Make sure the button for 'Show hidden files, folders, and drives' is selected and the box for 'Hide extensions for known file types' is unchecked. Then click 'OK'.
Or, look for the 'VirtualStore' folder, as described under Windows Vista, above.
I found the savegame files in the game directory, but I don't see any number extensions (.0, .1, .2, etc., or in the case of Angel of Darkness, .TRAODSG).
This is easily fixed. You just need to adjust the way your files are displayed. Changing this setting works a little differently in each version of Windows. See here for instructions.
I followed all your instructions to the letter, but when I try to load the savegame I just downloaded, the game crashes.
In some cases, Tomb Raider saves made using one version of the game (e.g., original CD installation vs. patched game vs. Steam/GOG game) will not load in another version. Also, some Tomb Raider saves made using one version of Windows will not load using another version. In this case, you'll need to download compatible saves.
I am attempting to build a complete collection of save files, but there are still a few types I don't have. Check my savegame download pages to see what's available. If you don't find what you need, try posting a request on one or more of the Tomb Raider forums listed on my Community page. Perhaps another player will be able to help.
NOTE: A few of my saves described as 'patched' refer to edited saves where Lara is repositioned in an otherwise inaccessible spot, or where inventory items are added. This should not affect whether or not a save will load. If you're not sure which kind of 'patch' I'm talking about, feel free to ask.
I've decided I want my old saves back. How do I restore them?
If you followed these instructions, you should have backed up your original saves in a separate folder. (See Part 2 - Backing up your existing saves, above.) To restore them follow these steps:
If you didn't back up your old saves as recommended, and they were overwritten by the downloaded saves, then there's no way to get them back. Sorry.
If your questions weren't answered on this page, or if you have suggestions for how to improve this savegame 'walkthrough', please feel free to contact me.
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