Tomb Raider is a very well known computer game series that first appeared in 1996. In the game, you play as Lara Croft – a British archeologist who travels the world in the search for the rarest of the artifacts. The game series started out in the days when DOS based computer games were popular and did not really require much of the special hardware. This game series is still being developed but now you have to have a really good gaming PC to be able to enjoy the latest additions to the series, namely Rise of the Tomb Raider.
But if you want to enjoy the first and original version of Tomb Raider, then you have to either get DOSBox (a program that simulates the slower PC hardware of a typical 90’s computer) or you can just play it in your web browser by visiting a website that uses WebGL to give you the exactly the same, if not better, experience as you would have had in 1996.
The website is many months’ work by a programmer known only as XProger. According to this programmer, the Tomb Raider WebGL project was inspired by another similar project called OpenTomb – an open-source implementation of the game engines for the first five installments in the Tomb Raider series (Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3, Last Revelation and Chronicles).
On this website, however, you can play only a demo version of the Tomb Raider 1 PC game. You can use the very commonly used keys on your keyboard, for example, the arrow keys for the movement, the space key to jump, the Ctrl key to take action and so on. In fact these are the exactly same keys as were used in the original Tomb Raider game.
Conclusion: For the modern PC gamer, the outdated graphics of Tomb Raider 1 might not look impressive but it can bring memories for older gamers who enjoyed this game back in 1996-97. And playing Tomb Raider 1 does not even require any installation, you can play it in your web browser directly.
You can play Tomb Raider 1 Demo in web browser by visiting http://xproger.info/projects/OpenLara/.
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