Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (TR4) Controls & Menu/Inventory System

The following lists basic controls, as well as complex moves involving combinations of controls, and controls for vehicles. Most Macintosh keys are the same as those for the PC. Where they differ, Mac controls are listed in green. PlayStation controls are in blue and Dreamcast in orange. (Some DC controls are missing. Please let me know if you can help with these.) Instructions for saving and loading games, using the inventory, combining items, targeting, etc., are at the bottom of the page.

Follow this link for official manual in PDF format.

Follow this link for a Tomb Raider 4: Logitech Profiler Game Profile created by CrimsonBlitz and posted on the Steam community forum.

Whether you are using a keyboard for the Windows or Macintosh game, a PlayStation or Dreamcast controller or gamepad, you can change the controls to suit your taste. (See Menu/Inventory System & Hotkeys, below.)

To change the screen resolution and other graphics settings, you'll need to run the separate setup program. Details are below under changing graphics settings.

IMPORTANT: If you have never played Tomb Raider before, you should familiarize yourself with the unique control system for jumping. It seems odd at first, but it is actually very easy to make Lara do what you want if you just follow certain basic steps, covered on my Tips & Strategy page.


Basic Moves

MOVE

CONTROLS
(PC/Mac/PS1/DC)

DESCRIPTION/NOTES

Run

Up Arrow
D-Pad Up
D-Pad Up

Press forward with left or right to move in that direction.

Hop Back

Down Arrow
D-Pad Down
D-Pad Down

 

Turn Right

Right Arrow
D-Pad Right
D-Pad Right

Hold to pivot on the spot.

Turn Left

Left Arrow
D-Pad Left
D-Pad Left

Hold to pivot on the spot.

Walk

Shift
R1
?

Used in combination with the direction keys/buttons for slower movement. Lara will never walk off an edge, though she will run off. It's also handy for areas with spikes, broken glass, barbed wire, etc. Lara won't take damage if she WALKS through these.

Jump

Alt
Command
Square
X

Makes Lara jump straight up. More complex jumps are covered under combo moves, below.

Sidestep Left/Right

Shift + Left/Right Arrow
R1 + D-Pad Left/Right
?

The TR2 sidestep keys, Delete and Page Down, also work in here and can be reassigned if desired. On the PlayStation, holding Walk and pushing the left analog stick lightly can also be used to sidestep.

Roll/Reverse

End, or 5 on numeric keypad, or Up + Down Arrows together
backslash [\]
Circle
B

Lara drops to the ground and comes up facing the opposite direction.

Draw/Holster Weapon
Stow Binoculars
Drop Flare

Space Bar
Triangle
Y

In addition to drawing and holstering guns, this key also used to put away binoculars or drop a flare without lighting another. To equip binoculars, choose them from the inventory ring. (See Menu & Inventory, below.) Using the binoculars and laser sight, manual vs. automatic targeting and combining items are covered at the bottom of the page.

Action

Ctrl
X
A

Actions include firing weapons, picking up objects on the ground, using switches, keys and puzzle items, activating the light built into the binoculars, etc. (Also used to make Lara grab in certain combo moves, below.)

Look

0 on numeric keypad + arrow keys
L1 + D-Pad
?

Look (labeled "Ins" on some keyboards) shifts perspective to what Lara sees. Hold Look while pressing direction keys/buttons to look in different directions.

(NOTE TO LAPTOP USERS: Most laptop computers have no numeric keypad, so you'll need to reassign the Look key in order for it to work. See the Menu & Inventory section below.)

Light/Throw Flare
Zoom Out

< (same as comma)
Select + R1
L

Press once to pull out a flare and light it; press again to throw it in the direction Lara's facing. Lara can climb or swim while holding a flare, but she'll drop it when it goes out or she draws weapons. Also used to zoom out when using binoculars or laser sight.

Crouch/Duck
Zoom In

> (same as period)
L2
R

Used alone, Lara will crouch. She can draw weapons that doesn't require two hands to hold (i.e., pistols, Uzis) and shoot from a crouching position. Lara can also turn around while crouching and holding weapons. Also used to crawl, under combo moves, below, and to zoom in when using binoculars or laser sight.


Combo Moves

MOVE

CONTROLS
(PC/Mac/PS1/DC)

DESCRIPTION/NOTES

Standing Jump

Alt + Up Arrow
Command + Up Arrow
Square + D-Pad Up
X + D-Pad Up

Press keys/buttons together to jump forward approximately 1 terrain square (see Tips & Strategy)

Backflip

Alt + Down Arrow
Command + Down Arrow
Square + D-Pad Down
X + D-Pad Down

 

Sideflip

Alt + Left/Right Arrow
Command + Left/Right Arrow
Square + D-Pad Left/Right
X + D-Pad Left/Right

 

Running Jump

Up Arrow...Alt
Up Arrow...Command
D-Pad Up...Square
D-Pad Up...X

Press Forward and then immediately press Jump to run two steps then jump forward approximately 2 terrain squares (see Tips & Strategy)

Jump and Grab

[standing or running jump] + Ctrl/X/A

Do the standing or running jump (above), adding Action to grab a ledge or other object ahead (see Tips & Strategy)

Safety Drop

Ctrl + Down Arrow
D-Pad Down + X
D-Pad Down + A

Walk to the edge of a drop-off. Turn around so Lara's back is toward the edge. Then press Action + Back to drop and hang from the edge. Continue holding Action to hang on. Release it to let go and drop. The safety drop minimizes damage taken from falling.

Reverse/Safety Drop

End + Ctrl
Circle + X
B + A

Stand facing a drop-off about 2 steps from the edge. Press the keys/buttons for Roll then Action to drop, roll and hang from the ledge. Release Action to let go and drop.

Traverse (shimmy)

Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow
X + D-Pad Left/Right
A D-Pad Left/Right

While hanging from a ledge (holding Action), use direction keys/buttons to move to either side. Lara can now traverse around both convex and concave corners. Release Action to let go and drop.

Hand-over-hand Traverse/"Monkey Swing"

Ctrl + Arrow Keys
X + D-Pad
A + D-Pad

In TR3 Lara can traverse hand-over-hand monkey-bar style. Jump and grab an overhead surface using Action. Hold Action and use direction keys/buttons to move. Release Action to drop.

Pull Up/Vault

Ctrl + Up Arrow
X + D-Pad Up
A + D-Pad Up

While hanging from a ledge (holding Action) press Up to pull up. While standing, use the same combo to vault up on a low block or ledge.

Handstand/Walkover

Ctrl + Shift + Up Arrow
X + R1 + D-Pad Up
?

While hanging from a ledge (holding Action), hold Walk then press Up, and Lara will pull up to a handstand then do a walkover onto the ledge (generally useless but spiffy).

Grab & Pull Up

Alt + Ctrl + Up Arrow
Square + X + D-Pad Up
X + A + D-Pad Up

If a ledge is too high to climb using just Action + Up, position Lara against the wall below the ledge and then use this combo to jump up, grab the edge and pull up.

Push/Pull Block

Ctrl + Up/Down Arrow
X + D-Pad Up/Down
A + D-Pad Up/Down

Position Lara so her chest is against a movable block. Hold Action and she'll go into a crouch, then press Up or Down to push or pull the block

Swan Dive

Shift + Alt + Up Arrow
R1 + Square + D-Pad Up
?

Standing on a platform (ideally above water), hold Walk and press Jump and Forward and Lara will do a graceful swan dive. (Note that she gets a bit of an arc on this dive, so if you're aiming for a small pool, you may need to step back from the edge before diving.)

Dive and Roll

Up Arrow...Walk + Jump
D-Pad Up...R1 + Square
?

Same as the Swan Dive but used on a flat surface. While running, press Jump and Walk and Lara will take a flying leap, somersault and come up onto her feet. (Not necessary but can help avoid damage from certain traps.)

Swan Dive with Somersault

Shift + Alt + Up Arrow... End
Shift + Alt + Up Arrow... backslash [\]
R1 + Square + D-Pad Up...Circle
?

Same as the swan dive (above) except pressing the Roll key after diving makes Lara do a somersault (or two if there's time) on the way down.

Mid-air Turn

Alt + End
Alt + backslash [\]
Square + Circle
X + B

Begin with a standard forward jump or backflip, press Roll on takeoff and Lara will turn in the air to land facing the opposite direction. (NOTE: Jump + Roll alone is useful for changing direction while sliding down a slope.)

Mount Ladder

Ctrl + Up Arrow
X + D-Pad Up
A + D-Pad Up

Facing ladder or other climbable surface, press Action then Forward and Lara will climb onto the ladder. She can also take a standing or running jump, above, and grab a ladder with Action. Release Action to let go.

Climb Ladder

Ctrl + Arrow Keys
X + D-Pad
A + D-Pad

Mount/safety drop down to ladder, hold Action to hang on, then use direction keys/buttons to go up/down or side to side. (NOTE: To rapidly descend a long ladder, briefly release the Action key to fall a short distance and then re-press it to grab the ladder again.)

Backflip Dismount

Alt
Command
Square
X

While hanging onto a ladder (or other climbable surface), press Jump to backflip off the ladder and land on the ground or on a platform behind Lara (see Tips & Strategy).

Mid-air Turn & Grab

Alt + End + Ctrl
Command + backslash [\] + Ctrl
Square + Circle + X
X + B + A

When Lara needs to jump from a ladder and grab another ladder behind her, press Jump and either Roll or Forward to jump and turn in midair, then Action to grab the second ladder (see Tips & Strategy).

Crawl

> (period) + Arrow Keys
L2 + D-Pad
R + D-Pad

Hold crouch and use direction keys/buttons to crawl. Lara can't use weapons while crawling, but she can come up into a crouch and then draw one-handed weapons (pistols, Uzis). To climb into an elevated crawlspace, press Action + Crouch + Forward. To climb down from a raised opening, back up to the opening and safety drop (Action + Reverse).

Sprint/Dash

Arrow Keys...forward slash [/]
D-Pad...R2
D-Pad...R

Hold the sprint key while running to put on a burst of speed. Lara can only sprint for a short time, indicated by the stamina meter. Press Jump while sprinting and Lara will do a nifty forward somersault. Release Forward but continue to hold Sprint and she'll skid to a stop.

Climbing Poles/
Climbing & Swinging on Ropes

Same as certain basic controls (see notes at right)

To climb onto a dangling rope or pole, stand against it or jump to reach it and press Action. While holding on (Action), use direction keys/buttons to climb up/down or change the direction Lara is facing. Release Action to let go or press Jump to backflip off a pole.

For rope swinging, continue to hold Action so Lara hangs on. Use Look and Left/Right to line her up facing the way you want to swing. If necessary climb down to the bottom of the rope for the longest arc. Then press Sprint to start swinging. Lara's legs will kick out during the forward swing. To swing higher, wait until her legs come back up around the rope then, after the next back swing, press Sprint again to make her pump her legs to go even higher. Repeat if necessary. At the high point of the swing, press Jump to leap off the rope.


Swimming

MOVE

CONTROLS
(PC/Mac/PS1/DC)

DESCRIPTION/NOTES

Dive/Swim Underwater

Alt + Arrow Keys
Command + Up/Down/L/R
Square + D-Pad
X + D-Pad

Jump alone makes Lara dive below the surface; it also makes her swim underwater in whatever direction she's facing (use with direction keys/buttons)

Pivot Underwater

Arrow Keys
D-Pad
D-Pad

Direction buttons alone will make Lara pivot underwater or angle toward the bottom (Up) or the surface (Down)

Underwater Roll

End, or 5 on numeric keypad, or Up + Down Arrows together
backslash [\]
Circle
B

Same as rolling on land. Useful in tight spaces or after pulling an underwater lever.

Swim on Surface

Arrow Keys, Delete, Page Down
D-Pad, L2, R2
D-Pad

Dog paddle (Up), backstroke (Down), pivot (Left/Right), sidestroke (same as Sidestep Left/Right). Note that Lara swims much faster underwater than she does on the surface.

Climb Out of Water

Ctrl + Up
X + D-Pad Up
A + D-Pad Up

Swim to the water's edge and press Action and Up to pull up onto a ledge.


Vehicles

MOVE

CONTROLS
(PC/Mac/PS1/DC)

DESCRIPTION/NOTES

Get on Board

Ctrl
X
A

Position Lara at the side of the vehicle and press Action to get in or on.

Climb Out/Dismount

Alt + Left Arrow
Command + Left Arrow
Square + D-Pad Left
X + D-Pad Left

This control differs from previous games. If you're having trouble, see the notes for the specific vehicles below.

Jeep

Accelerate (same as Action)
Steer (Arrow Keys/D-Pad)
Brake (same as Jump)
Climb out (Jump + Left)
Reverse (same as Sprint)
Forward (same as Walk)

To get into the Jeep and start it, approach either side door and press Action. Select the ignition keys (make sure you've picked them up), and press Action again. To shift between forward and reverse, first come to a complete stop. Then press Walk (forward) or Sprint (reverse). To get out of the Jeep, first come to a complete stop on terrain that is relatively flat. Make sure there is nothing in the way of the driver's side door. Then press Jump + Left, and Lara will hop out.

Motorcycle

Accelerate (same as Action)
Steer (Arrow Keys/D-Pad)
Brake (same as Jump)
Dismount (Jump + Left)
Use nitro (same as Sprint)

Nitro gives the bike a speed boost, similar to the "turbo" feature in TR3. Note that the Nitro won't work until you collect the necessary parts in the Cairo levels.


Menu/Inventory System & Hotkeys

At start-up, use up/down arrow keys to select New Game, Load Game, Options, or Exit. Press Enter or Action to choose one. Options include choosing and configuring keyboard or joystick and setting the sound preferences. The graphics options can be adjusted in the setup section of the main menu, which appears when you insert the CD with Autorun enabled. Run Setup to adjust the screen resolution and other graphics settings, as described below.

Use the following controls during gameplay:

P = pauses game and displays the following choices:

  • Statistics—includes level name, time taken, distance covered, ammo and health packs used, secrets found.
  • Options—same as in start-up menu, above.
  • Exit to Title.

Escape/Select = go to inventory.

Once in inventory: Left/Right arrows rotate the single menu ring, which includes weapons, medi packs, flares, binoculars, found items and save game/load game icons (stone tablets). Use up/down arrows to select different options from text lists.

Action/Enter = activate or use selected item.

Escape = deselect an item or un-pause/return to game

F5 = shortcut to save game

F6 = shortcut to load saved game

Alt + F4 = quick exit

Alt + Tab = minimize

Number keys 1-8 = quick weapons

Number keys 9 & 0 = use large/small medipak

To change the controls: From the Main Menu or Pause Menu (above), select Options and press Enter. Select Control Configuration and press Enter. Press Up/Down to move to the control you want to change. Press Enter to highlight it. Then press the desired key. When you have everything assigned the way you want it, press Escape to return to the game.

NOTE: The game will allow you to choose the same key for more than one control, so be careful. If you notice Lara behaving oddly (for example, jumping and drawing weapons at the same time), check your key assignments to make sure you have a different key for each control.

IMPORTANT: In the PC version of TR4, it is not possible to remap the basic movement keys (forward, back, left, right) unless you download and install the patch. See the Downloads page at http://tombraiders.net/stella/downloads.html for information and instructions. For more info on using the various weapons and equipment, including combining/separating items and choosing ammunition, see the see the section below..

Anyone with the PlayStation or Dreamcast games is welcome to send me instructions for using the menu rings and I will include them here.


Inventory & Targeting

COMBINING/SEPARATING ITEMS & CHOOSING AMMUNITION: When selected, some items and weapons present additional choices. For example, certain found objects can be combined to make a single item, and some weapons can be combined with the laser sight for more accurate targeting. Also, some weapons can use more than one type of ammunition.

Press Escape to go to the menu screen. Use Left/Right direction keys/buttons to rotate the menu ring to the item you want. Press Action/Enter to select it. Use Up/Down keys to choose Equip, Combine/Separate or Choose Ammo. Press Action/Enter to select. When you select Combine or Choose Ammo, you'll be given additional choices. Use Left/Right keys to cycle through the various options (i.e., the second item you want to combine or the type of ammo you want to use), then Action/Enter to select the one you want. Press Action/Enter again to use or equip the item. Or, press Escape to cancel and return to the main inventory. Press Escape again to resume play.

AUTOMATIC VS. MANUAL TARGETING: In the Options menu (accessible from the main menu or Pause screen), you may choose between automatic or manual targeting. Automatic Targeting is similar to the combat system in the previous games. When an enemy comes into range, Lara will automatically lock onto it if she has a weapon drawn. With Manual Targeting, she won't lock onto the enemy until you press the Look key. In both automatic and manual targeting, when more than one enemy is in range, tapping the Look key will make Lara cycle through the available targets. (NOTE: Unlike in the earlier games, where you could hold the Action key to stay locked on a target, when Lara loses sight of an enemy, the lock is broken.)

COMPASS: Press Escape to go to the inventory screen. The compass is on the left side, below the menu ring. The compass points relative to the way Lara is facing. So if she's facing east, the red needle will point to E, and so on.

BINOCULARS: Press Escape to go to the menu screen. Use Left/Right direction keys/buttons to rotate the menu ring to the binoculars, then press Action/Enter to select them. The view will change to binocular view. Use the < and > keys to zoom out and in. (NOTE: If you have reconfigured your controls, these will be the same keys as Flare and Sprint.) Use the space bar (draw/holster weapons) to put the binoculars away and return to normal view.

LASER SIGHT: This is similar to the binoculars, except that it can be combined with certain weapons (the revolver and crossbow) for more accurate long-range targeting. Use the menu ring to combine the weapon and laser sight (see Combining/Separating, above). Then equip the weapon.

When you press the Look button, the view will change to laser-sight view. Use the < and > keys to zoom out and in as needed. If you have reconfigured your controls, these will be the same keys as Light Flare and Sprint. Release Look or put away the weapon to return to normal view.

NOTE TO LAPTOP USERS: The default button for Look on the PC is 0 on the numeric keypad. If you're playing on a laptop, you probably don't have a numeric keypad. So you'll need to reassign the Look key in order for it to work.


Changing Graphics Settings

The game includes a separate setup program for adjusting the screen resolution and other graphics settings. To access it, use the start menu shortut. For the CD version, this should be something like

Start > All Programs > Core Design > Tomb Raider - The Last Revelation > Setup

For the GOG version:

Start > All Programs > GOG.com > Tomb Raider 4 + 5 > Tomb Raider - The Last Revelation > Setup

The process for the Steam version is a little more complicated. Follow this link for step-by-step instructions.



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