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Tomb Raider 4 Demos and Full Game Download
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (TR4) was designed to run in the Windows 95/98/Me operating systems. The CD version of the full game can be patched to run without any problems in newer versions of Windows (see below).
The GOG and Steam downloads are fully compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and require no patching.
Tomb Raider 4 Bonus Level
The Times Exclusive Level - This stand-alone level is available for PC only and does not require the original TR4 game to play. It was created by Core Design in late 1999 as part of a special promotion for The Times newspaper to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sir Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. The walkthrough has additional details. Download the level here:
Troubleshooting: If you're using Windows XP or later and the program crashes when you try to install the level, try setting the compatibility mode for Windows 98. If you're not sure how to do that, search Windows Help for "compatibility". If the installation won't start at all, or if only the mini-games install but not the level itself, try disabling your virus/malware program, since many tend to falselsy flag tomb4.exe as a threat. The GOG version of TR4 and 5 also includes the Times Exclusive level and should run correctly without tinkering.
For information on installing and running this level on a Macintosh, please visit MacRaider.
TR4 and Newer Versions of Windows
TR4 was designed to run under Windows 95/98/Me. So it will need a little tweaking to run smoothly on a computer with a newer version of Windows. The best and easiest fix is to first install the game as usual. Then download and run the appropriate Tomb Raider Multi Patch for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. These are part of the excellent tech support section at tombraiderchronicles.com.
The GOG and Steam games are specificially designed for newer Windows systems, so you will not need the multi patch.
If you receive a "DirectX setup failure" error while attempting to install the game or the installation program freezes without installing the game, try restarting your computer in Safe Mode (tap F8 during startup). Then install the game while in Safe Mode and restart the system normally. You should then be able to run the multi-patch for your Windows version without any difficulty.
To run Tomb Raider 4 on a widescreen monitor without distortion or window bar, see patches, below.
TR4 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 TR4
TR4 was designed for standard (4:3) aspect ratio monitors and TVs. This unofficial patch allows you to run Tomb Raider 2, 3 and 4 in three different aspect ratios: 16:9, 16:10 or 5:4 without the usual distortion. It works on the CD installation, as well as the GOG and Steam games.
See here for comparison screenshots and dowload links.
Other Unofficial Patches & Mods
Borderless Patch - This fixes the issue where the game shows a window border when in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and newer. Download from the PC Gaming Wiki site.
Dege's dgVoodoo Patch - Follow this link for the latest download and instructions.
Visit Core-Design.com for the latest community-made updates for Tomb Raider 4.
The Kins also has some great tips on running the classic games on newer systems.
Visit tombraiderchronicles.com for the Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 multi patch, an essential update when installing the original game from CD.
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.
Bink 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 Bink Video (for Windows or Mac) to watch the movies outside the game.
Alternatively, you can watch all the cinematics on YouTube (thanks to .)
Disabling the Windows Key
Accidentally pressing the Windows (Start Menu) key probably won't crash the TR4 game, but it can be annoying, especially during complicated platforming sequences. Fortunately it can be easily 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.
Official Legacy Patches
Below are various official patches for the original CD version of TR4. If you are using one of the Tomb Raider Multi Patches for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (described above) or have downloaded the GOG or Steam version of the game, you will not need any of these.
- PC TR4 Official Patch (426 KB) - Fix for various issues, including remapping movement keys, additional save slots, allowing for a desktop shortcut, running the game on PCs without sound cards, plus other sound/video fixes, etc. (Note that there are different versions of this patch for various countries. This is the North American patch. Also, your original save files will not work with the patched game. So either patch before playing or download savegames from this site.)
- binkw32.dll (96 KB) - If you're playing the PC version of TR4 and receive an error stating that this file cannot be found, download it here. (Text file with instructions included.)
- Macintosh TR4 Official Updater (283 KB) - Allows users to turn on Compatibility Filtering (in Setup under Graphics). This improves blocky textures and fixes blank inventory screen and crashing immediately after startup or after loading a save file.
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.
Flight Patch, Trainers, Save Files, and Savegame Editors
Flight patch for TR2, 3 & 4 (5 KB) - This unofficial patch enables cheat keys for flying. I've used this patch with no problems, but I didn't make it and don't support it. So use at your own risk.
Tomb Raider 4 savegame files are on a separate page.
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. There's a lot of nasty code out there.
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 or flares, a particular 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.