Aha...a corner! That gives me an idea!
NOT ALL BUGS ARE BAD. Like most computer/video games, the Tomb Raider series has its share of glitches. Some are mildly annoying, some are deadly—to Lara, that is. (The nastier bugs are covered in the walkthroughs in the levels where they occur.) But there are a few that can actually enhance your gaming experience. Some can get Lara to places she wouldn't otherwise be able to go. Some can even save her life. To find out all you need to know about these good bugs, read on.
For more information on where and how to apply these bugs, check out these sites: Tomb Raider Tourist, TR Tourist's YouTube Channel, Tomb Runner and the Tomb Raider Bugs section of TReditor.hu. In addition to the basic bugs covered here, these sites include variations on regular moves like the standing jump, running jump and backflip, where you can do special set-ups to cover more distance.
Special thanks to Theresa Jenne, whose site, tombraiders.com, is no more. Theresa was known as the queen of the Expert Challenge and she inspired many diligent bug-finders over the years. Some of her walkthroughs can still be found in the Web Archives. We miss you, T.!
This bug works in Tomb Raiders 1-5. It is used to get Lara on top of high blocks and ledges she wouldn't normally be able to reach. It was originally discovered by Jason McAllister, though I first learned about it a bit later on the Croft Times and tombraiders.com sites. TheReaper suggested the refinement in step 2a.
The corner bug works best at a convex corner with a flat surface on top. It won't work if there's a ceiling (e.g., an overhanging arch or ledge) or solid "sky" above, though modified versions can be used where an arch is present. (See the Crawling Corner Bug and Other Corner Bug Variations.) It also helps to have a drop-off in front of the corner, though this isn't necessary once you get the hang of the move. For example, the spot marked with the red X in the first screenshot at right is perfect. If you start here on the low ledge near the front door of Lara's mansion in the TR3 training level, you can use the corner bug to get up on the roof. (You'll need to use it twice as shown by the green arrows.) Here are the basic steps:
- Position Lara at the edge of the drop-off, facing out, with one shoulder against the side of the convex corner. (screenshot 2) Or, if there is a drop-off in front of the corner, position Lara with her chest against the wall that forms the corner and then sidestep to the edge until she won't go any further. (screenshot 3)
- Turn Lara about 45 degrees toward the corner, keeping her arm and inside foot against the wall and her outer foot as close to the edge as possible. (screenshot 4)
- Press and hold the jump button to make Lara jump in place. As she jumps, she'll inch forward little by little. You'll notice her arm and lower leg start to creep into the wall. (screenshots 5 and 6)
- Keep jumping and Lara will reach a critical point. The game will interpret her position as being inside the wall, reject this information as impossible, and reposition her in a 'legal' spot on top of the corner. (screenshot 7)
If you want to get all the way up on the roof, use the corner bug again in the spot marked with the yellow X in screenshot 7.
Click on each screenshot to see a larger version. For all screenshots on one page, click here. Or watch the short instructional video below.
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