Initial Release: March 1998
Platforms: Windows and Macintosh only. Bonus levels are available on CD as part of the Tomb Raider Gold and Director's Cut editions or as a free download for players who already own Tomb Raider on CD. Also included in the TR1 iOS app and TR1 for Android.
Spoiler-free Synopsis: These bonus levels comprise two mini-adventures designed to challenge both novice and expert raiders. In the first two levels, "Shadow of the Cat," Lara returns to the city of Khamoon in search of an undiscovered tomb dedicated to the Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet. In "Unfinished Business," having learned of the existence of a hive of surviving creatures guarding an alien hatchery, Lara returns to Atlantis to destroy the mutants before they invade again.
Saving Your Game: Unlimited saves at any point. Savegame files are available in case you make a bad save, want to skip a level without missing any pick-ups, etc.
Secrets: As in the original game, the number of secrets in each level varies. They consist of ammunition, medipaks, and the occasional weapon. A chime sounds when you locate a secret, and the statistics screen at the end of each level tells how many secrets were available in that level, along with how many you found. There is no bonus for finding all secrets. And, as always, my walkthrough includes the location of all secrets.
Classic Tomb Raider Games on New Systems: These bonus levels were designed to run in DOS/Windows 95, but they can be tweaked to run in newer versions of Windows. Glidos, a utility created by TR fan Paul Gardiner, adds improved graphics, audio and other special features. Other alternatives are listed on my TR1 Downloads page.
Becoming an Expert Raider
Controls are the same as in Tomb Raider. If you need a refresher, check out my TR1 Controls and Gameplay Tips & Strategy pages. They include pointers on moving Lara through her environment, conserving health and ammo, using the menu and inventory systems, and much more.