Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Windows PC Save Files

Updated: 10/16/22()

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ BEFORE DOWNLOADING ANY FILES: is not responsible for any problems that may occur due to downloading these files or following advice given here. All of my files are guaranteed to be safe and malware-free. Still, I recommend taking the same precautions you would with any file you download from the Internet, including scanning the file with an anti-virus/spyware program, backing up your existing files and, if you're unfamiliar with the process, carefully following the installation instructions step by step.

Note that loading my files will not unlock any earlier achievements. Achievements only register as you complete them in-game.

HOW TO START A NEW GAME: If you've beaten the game and want to start a new game from the beginning, you must delete your autosave. For the PC version, locate the file 'autosave.lcgolsave' using the instructions below, but instead of replacing it with a new autosave file, simply move it into a new folder. The next time you start to play, the game will be unable to find the autosave and will start a new game and create a new autosave. On the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, back up your original Guardian of Light save data onto a memory card. Then delete it from the system's hard drive. Later, if you want to restore your old save, just move it back to its original location.

SOLUTION FOR CORRUPTED AUTOSAVE/SAVE LOSS AFTER UPDATING: If you are unable to load your game due to a corrupted autosave, or if Steam applies an automatic update and you no longer have access to your original save, there are two possible solutions below.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PC Save Files

Each download includes one save file made after completing the level with all artifacts, relics, weapon pickups, powerups and upgrades—in other words, 100% completion up to that point. The last save, for Xolotl's Stronghold, has the game completed with all challenges done and all items and outfits unlocked.

Level 1: Temple of Light
Level 2: Temple Grounds
Level 3: Spider Tomb
Level 4: The Summoning
Level 5: Forgotten Gate
Level 6: Toxic Swamp
Level 7: Flooded Passage
Level 8: The Jaws of Death
Level 9: Twisting Bridge
Level 10: Fiery Depths
Level 11: Belly of the Beast
Level 12: Stronghold Passage
Level 13: The Mirror's Wake
Level 14: Xolotl's Stronghold
Guardian of Light Collection - All 14 Saves

How to Download and Install Guardian of Light Save Files:
  1. Disable Steam Cloud synchronization by following the steps below:

    1. Open Steam.
    2. Locate Guardian of Light in your list of games and click the gear icon below and to the right of the game banner. Then select 'Properties'. (screenshot)
    3. Click the Updates tab.
    4. Un-check the option to 'Enable Steam Cloud synchronization.
    This prevents the game from restoring your last save from the Steam cloud server. You can enable it again later if you like, once you've played through to another checkpoint.

  2. Use the links above to download the save file(s) you want. You can only install one save at a time, but you can keep the others in a separate folder if you like.

  3. Open the following folders on your PC (each folder is inside the previous one): Computer > Windows (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Steam > userdata > XXXXXXXX > 35150 > remote.

    The exact file path may differ slightly from what is shown here, depending on where you have installed the game on your hard drive. The X's are an 8- or 9-digit number representing your Steam user profile. Inside that folder you'll find the '35150' folder for the Guardian of Light game. Inside that is the 'remote' folder, and inside the 'remote' folder, you should find your existing save file: 'autosave.lcgolsave'.

    NOTE: Earlier versions of the game stored the autosave in the '35130' folder. If you're playing an unpatched version, you may find your save there. See the SOLUTION FOR CORRUPTED AUTOSAVE/SAVE LOSS AFTER UPDATING, below, for more info.

  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Copy your existing autosave.lcgolsave into a new folder. Then if something goes wrong and my save doesn't work for you, you can move your original autosave back into the 'remote' folder and continue from where you left off.

  5. Open the .zip file you just downloaded. Newer versions of Windows (i.e., the ones that can play Guardian of Light) should automatically open .zip files when you double-click. You can also use an archive utility like WinZip or WinRAR.

  6. Select the file 'autosave.lcgolsave' and copy/paste or drag it from the .zip file into the 'remote' folder.

  7. Close all open windows and start the game as usual. My save should then load when you choose 'Continue' from the menu.

These instructions apply to the Steam installation of the game under Windows 7. If you're using a different version of Windows, you can still use these saves, but I'm not sure exactly where the save files are located. Try searching for the 'Steam' folder and looking inside. Or search for the 'autosave.lcgolsave' file directly. Then right-click it in the search results and choose 'open containing folder' or 'open file location' from the pop-up menu.

SOLUTION FOR CORRUPTED AUTOSAVE/SAVE LOSS AFTER UPDATING: If Steam applies an automatic update to your game and you suddenly no longer have access to your original save, try this:

  1. Open the game directory. On Windows systems this will be something like: Computer\Windows (C:)\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\XXXXXXXX\, where the X's are an 8-digit number representing your user profile. For other versions of Windows try C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\ or search for 'Steam' or 'autosave.lcgolsave'.

  2. Inside the game directory, there should be a sub-folder numbered '35130' for Guardian of Light. When Steam updates the game, it creates a new folder numbered '35150', but it does not move your original autosave into this new folder.

  3. To fix this, open the '35130' folder, then the 'remote' folder inside it. Copy the autosave.lcgolsave file.

  4. Then open the '35150' folder and the 'remote' folder inside it. Paste the original autosave.lcgolsave into that folder, replacing the new autosave.lcgolsave Steam has created.

  5. Run the game as usual and your original autosave should now load.

If your autosave becomes corrupted for some other reason, then you'll probably need to download and install one of my save files, following the instructions above.

If you have questions/problems using these files, you're welcome to contact me.

Special thanks to EldinSuper for creating most of these saves.

[Main Guardian of Light Page | Home Page]

UPDATE HISTORY: 10/29/10 - Page created. 10/30/10 - Added instructions for disabling Steam Cloud synchronization.
10/31/10 - Updated instructions for finding your existing save, thanks to a tip from Old Scrote.
11/7/10 - Added troubleshooting section for corrupted save/Steam update issue. Thanks to Henry C. for help testing this solution.
11/29/10 - Added info on starting a new game.
1/24/20 - Updated Steam Cloud info based on new version of Steam.
10/16/22 - Small update to the instructions, hopefully better explaining the new Steam autosave location in the 35150 folder.