Tomb Raider (1996) Downloads

This page includes demos, patches and other downloads for the original Tomb Raider.  Some of the files are hosted on this site. Others are hosted elsewhere, as indicated. Before downloading, please read the important warning below.

Please Read Before Downloading

IMPORTANT: Tombraiders.net does not support any of these files and is not responsible for anything that happens to your computer as a result of downloading or installing them. I try to make every effort to ensue that all of the linked files are safe and functional, but I cannot guarantee they'll work on every system. I recommend taking proper precautions with any downloaded file, including downloading from reputable sites, scanning with an anti-virus/spyware program, following installation instructions, and backing up your existing files before installing anything new.

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 GOG and Steam downloads are fully compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and require no patching.

Tomb Raider Bonus Levels

Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business

"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 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.

  • 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.
  • The Tomb Raider Installer, created by Chris Ware and Gidierre, is a free, basic installation utility based on the DOSBox DOS emulator. It works with the CD version of Tomb Raider and Windows XP through 7. Visit MintraSystems for download links and instructions.
  • Tomb Raider Chronicles also has free Tomb Raider Installers for later versions of Windows.

If you don't want to bother with installers and patches, GOG and Steam both offer updated versions of TR1 for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 that require no patching. They don't include Unfinished Business; however, one enterprising player has figured out how to run the bonus levels with the GOG version. See this GOG forum post for instructions.

Click through for a list of support links for Glidos and other Tomb Raider installers.



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.

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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:

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 Eidos Tomb Raider 1-6 Technical Forum.



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.