Tomb Raider: The Franchise Writing its Own History
Tomb Raider is less a computer game series than it is a global institution. Boasting eleven games across over a dozen different consoles and spanning two decades, it’s perhaps the blueprint for all adventure platform games to follow, and its protagonist would list among the true heavyweights of gaming.
Lara Croft has taken on a life of her own since her conception in 1996, and is perhaps the most recognisable computer character of all time behind Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario. One of the reasons for this was the master-stroke of developing a movie, which – unlike most films based on video games up to that point – was actually pretty good, and the profits garnered by the game’s franchise meant that the producers could afford to cast a memorable Hollywood star in the lead role.
For many people, Angelina Jolie IS Lara Croft, and with both films released (‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ in 2001 and ‘Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life’ in 2003) being commercially and critically well-received, the series was quickly and deeply implanted into the world’s collective psyche.
A strong female lead character meant that interest in the franchise crossed both genders, and this success has resulted in a number of spin-offs being possible. As well as the games and films, Tomb Raider has birthed a soundtrack, an animated television series, a set of graphic novels and even three amusement park rides in North America, but hot on the heels of the latest game’s release, online casino Euro Palace has just brought out a new slot machine to commemorate the occasion.
Their five-reel, fifteen line, and seventy-five coin slot offers you the chance to get in on the excitement of the series’ first release in over two years, and with multiple pay-lines, a free-spin bonus game and a wildcard symbol all substantially increasing your chances of a pay-out, it’s easy to see why the game has already become among of the most popular on the site.
Euro Palace’s app for your smartphone makes playing this game even easier than ever before, and with more ways to play on the go, you stand an even better chance of earning some much-needed cash in the run-up to Christmas.
So if you can’t wait until 2016 for the new title (‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’) to be released on the PS4, why not jump the queue and get in on the action at Euro Palace now – and when you win big, treat yourself to the game when it finally catches up. Lucky Xbox One owners can meanwhile play the game right now.