LEVEL 1: CAVES
Kills: 14 Items: 7 Save Crystals: 1 (PlayStation only)
STARTING INVENTORY: Pistols (unlimited ammo), compass.
First a movie: Intrepid explorer Lara Croft follows a Peruvian
guide across a snow-covered plateau. They approach a set of
enormous stone doors. Lara throws a grappling hook to a ledge
above, climbs to the top of the doors and presses a secret
button to open the doors. A pack of wolves charge out from the
darkness and attack the guide. Lara slides down the rope,
cutting it as she falls, then draws her pistols to dispatch the
wolves�too late, unfortunately, for the guide. She musters her
resolve and enters the caves. The adventure begins....
Objectives: Make your way through the caves down to a door.
Enter and proceed, through some complications of course, to the
Walkthrough: Follow the paw prints in the snow straight ahead.
Shortly you'll reach an area with slits in the walls. This is a
dart trap. Keep running and Lara should get past the darts with
little or no damage.
As you round the corner, the camera view shifts up and to the
left to show where you need to go next, but first do a little
exploring: Continue straight ahead into a rectangular cave with
an angled block in the far left corner. Note the opening in the
wall above this block. The ledge is a little too high to grab,
so use the block to give Lara a boost. Either climb up the back
of it, slide down the face and press Jump and Action as you
slide to grab the ledge. Or, stand Lara in front of the block
with her back to the angled surface, then back flip onto the
block and hold Jump and Action to bounce off the slope and grab
the ledge. Pull up into the small cave, where you'll find SECRET
#1, a small medipak.
BAT CAVES: Jump down and go to the right to the base of the
rocks below the opening. Climb up over the rocks to reach it.
Draw pistols to take advantage of the game's auto-aim feature.
Three bats fly in from the caves ahead, and Lara will probably
spot them before you do. When they're dead, head into the cave
on the left. In the opposite corner is a low snowdrift. Stand on
this drift, as far to the left as possible while facing the
ledge above. Press Action + forward to grab the ledge and pull
up (no need to jump). Kill another bat in the cave above and
pick up SECRET #2, a small medipak.
CAVE LINED WITH GREENERY & DOOR WITH SWITCH: Drop or jump down
and return to the big cave where you shot the 3 bats earlier.
Turn left and proceed to a cave lined with greenery. Go down
into the opening to the left. Keep descending to the bottom,
where you'll find a closed door. Use the Action key to pull the
switch next to the door to open it. Enter and kill the bat that
swoops down. The wooden gate on the right does not open. Instead
head to the far left corner and climb up through the opening
ROOM WITH WOODEN BRIDGES & WOLVES: Follow the passageway to a
landing above a room with two wooden bridges. Two wolves lurk
below�they may be asleep when you arrive but will rouse and
begin to pace as you approach the edge. You can shoot them from
above if you're patient. Now you're heading for the opposite
corner. Either follow the perimeter of the room, using the
bridges to get from side to side, or drop down, walk to the
second bridge and pull up at its lowest point. (If you have
difficulty lining Lara up with the edge of the bridge, you can
also climb up to the walkway above the alcove where the mummy
is. Then cross the second bridge.) Go through the doorway in the
corner of the room beyond the second bridge.
BEAR PIT: A bit farther on is a gap with a bear lurking below.
You can easily kill the bear from above. Let Lara get a lock on
it, then hold the Action key and she'll shoot at it whenever it
comes into range. When it's dead, safety drop down into the room
below. (NOTE: PlayStation users may want to take a running jump
across to the other side of the gap before dropping down to get
the save crystal. See the note below if you need help landing
After dropping down into the bear pit, continue through the one
door leading out. A bat will emerge as you enter, and another
bat swoops down as you go a little farther into the room. Next
you'll come to an area with a small medipak on the ground and a
different-looking tile in the floor next to it. Stepping on this
tile opens the door. It closes fairly quickly, so position Lara
so she's facing the door, step on the tile, then run through.
You're now back in the room with the bridges. Climb back up to
the top and head for the gap with the dead bear below. Take a
running jump across the gap.
(NOTE: Now is a good time to learn that jumping technique if you
haven't already. Stand on one of the two slightly raised areas
at the edge. Walk Lara to the edge, then take a single hop back.
Press forward and Jump, and Lara will run two steps then take
off into the air on the third. She'll land safely on the other
side. If you set up the jump this way, she'll never run off the
edge or miss the landing.)
ROOM WITH GREENERY & TIMED DOOR: There's a save crystal here in
the PlayStation version. Behind the columns to the left of the
stairs, you'll find another small medipak. Retrieve it and
descend the stairs, guns drawn. A pair of wolves waits at the
bottom. (Try side- or back flipping while shooting to avoid
taking too much damage.) Enter the room at the bottom of the
stairs. Find the vegetation-covered ledge on the left side. It's
too high to reach, so climb the stones on either side and take a
running jump to the ledge. Inside is a room SECRET #3, a large
medipak. Exit, drop down and head for the opposite right corner
of the room. Here in an alcove under the stairs is a small
At the top of the stepped stones to the right of the exit door
is the switch that opens it. The door is timed to close after a
short time. Climb up, throw the switch, then walk to edge, take
a standing jump to the low wall below, walk to the edge of the
wall then take another standing jump to grab the ledge below the
door. Pull up and run through the door before it closes. (If
this method isn't working for you, you can also jump down to the
floor, run around to the ledge below the door, pull up and run
Continue forward and around the corner. Take the steps at a run
to avoid the dart trap. Draw pistols near the top, because a
wolf waits in the room above. When you've taken care of it, step
on the break-away tiles at the center of the room to fall
through to the room below.
LEVEL EXIT: You're now in a long room above a wide hallway.
Below, at one end of this hallway you can see the wooden gate
you couldn't get through at the beginning of the level. The long
hallway is lined with dart traps and the exit doors are closed.
So, don't drop down yet. Instead go to the far end of this room
and jump across the gap to the opposite side. Turn left and
proceed. You'll meet another wolf and find another large medipak
on the ground. Continue to a switch. Use it to open the exit
doors, then go back to the first opening above the hallway. Hop
down, slide to the ground and exit the level.
LEVEL 2: CITY OF VILCABAMBA
Kills: 29 Items: 13, including Silver Key and Gold Idol Save
Crystals: 2 (PlayStation only) Secrets: 3
Objectives: In the first part of the level, you explore the area
around a pool to find two items: a silver key and gold idol. The
silver key opens the door into the second part of the level.
Here, you find a building with three doors, only one of which is
open. Enter the first to find the switch that opens the second.
Enter the second to find the switch that opens the third. Enter
the third to find the exit, which you open with the gold idol.
Walkthrough: Ready pistols because a pack of 4 wolves waits in
the cave beyond the entrance. Beyond this area is a large
network of small rooms and caves surrounding a central area with
a pool. You can go whichever way you like to start, and you'll
cover the whole area eventually. For simplicity's sake, we'll
start by going forward and to the right. Keep those pistols
drawn, since Lara may spot some of the creatures�bats in
particular�before you do.
A lone wolf lurks in the next open area. After killing it, head
for the far wall then down to the left. In this hallway you'll
meet 3 bats. They drop from the ceiling as you approach. When
you reach the corner, another wolf emerges. When it's dead,
search the greenery to find a small medipak. Turn the corner to
the left and continue forward, encountering 5 more bats as you
go. (Note the locked door and keyhole on the left. You'll be
back.) When you reach the end of the long passageway, turn left
again and continue, killing another bat. When you reach the end
of the short passageway, turn and kill another bat then return
to the main hallway, which leads into the large central room
with the pool.
Approach the right hand doorway on the opposite side of the
pool. A bear lurks inside, so holster the pistols, run through
the doorway and immediately pull up onto the platform above.
Kill the bear from safety and pick up a small medipak while
you're up there. Drop down and return to the pool.
UNDERWATER PASSAGEWAYS: Stand at the edge of the water facing
the two doorways and the wooden trough. Jump into the water and
swim forward and down, then to the right. Continue forward and
upward until you can turn right. Find the lever on the wall and
pull it to open a trapdoor above. Surface and take a deep
breath. (Make sure that air meter is fully recharged before
continuing.) Swim down and away from the trapdoor to the
opposite corner of the underwater room (ahead and left). There
you'll find another lever. Pull this to open a door elsewhere,
then return to the open trapdoor and climb out. This room
contains SECRET #1, a small medipak. A switch in one corner
opens the exit door, which puts you back in the main room.
Again, stand at the edge of the water facing the doors and
trough. This time swim down and to the left. When you reach the
blue tiled underwater passageway on the left, follow it until
you can surface. Climb out of the water and find the door you
just opened with the underwater lever. Beyond is a small room
containing a small medipak and some magnum clips, SECRET #2.
Return underwater the way you came to the main room.
SKULL ROOM: Now, face away from the two doors and trough and go
to the right until you come to a door and the switch that opens
it. Enter and climb the stairs. Take a running jump across the
gap to the opening opposite. The room beyond has a floor made of
break-away tiles, and the wall beyond has a black-and-white
skull motif. Run forward across the tiles and jump to land on
the platform on the other side. Here, in an alcove, is a large
medipak. If you miss the jump and fall into the room below,
don't worry. Just find the one block in the wall below that
looks different from the others. Stand Lara up against it and
press and hold Action. She'll go into a crouch, showing that
she's ready to pull (back/down arrow) or push (forward/up arrow)
the block. Pull it out and use it to climb to the ledge above to
get the medipak. Then, when you're done, push it forward several
times into the next room.
Kill the bat you meet there, then continue to the far side of
the room. Vault onto the low platform and collect a SILVER KEY
and GOLD IDOL, from the alcoves on each side.
Return to the movable block and use it to climb onto the
platform above. (PlayStation users will find a save crystal
here.) Go to the left side of the L-shaped platform, killing 2
bats on the way. Pick up the large medipak in the dark corner to
the left of the window opening. Then climb into the window and
drop down into the hallway below.
LOCKED DOOR: Follow the passageway to the locked door you passed
earlier. Use your newly acquired SILVER KEY to open it. Enter
and either run/jump past the dart trap or do a dive-and-roll
(Walk + Jump + Forward) to avoid it.
RED-ROOFED BUILDING WITH THREE DOORWAYS: The open area beyond
contains 5 wolves. Proceed cautiously and they won't all be on
you at once. The first two flank the doorway; the others
approach as you go farther into the room�one from the right, one
from the left and a third from the stairs.
LEFT DOOR: When they're all dead, go up the stairs and into the
door on the left (the only one that's open). Follow the passage
to a room with a pool and some stairs and ledges. Go to the top
of the stairs, walk to the edge, then jump to grab the ledge
beyond. Pull up, and from this ledge take a running jump
diagonally across the pool to the next ledge. Go through the
doorway and up the stairs. Draw pistols and kill a bat that
drops as you emerge on the next ledge. Take a running jump
across to the next ledge and continue to the top. Kill another
bat, pick up the small medipak and throw the switch to open the
door on the right at the front of the building below.
Exit this room via the other doorway (not the stairs). Safety
drop down to the red-tiled roof, where you'll find some shotgun
shells and, at the other end of the roof, a small medipak. Drop
down to the front of the building and enter through the door on
RIGHT DOOR: At the pool area, go up the stairs on the right.
Take a running jump to grab the ledge ahead and pull up. Face
the ledge above, step out onto the break-away tiles and quickly
hop back to the ledge. Now walk to the edge of the ledge, jump
straight up to grab the ledge (Jump + Action) and pull up. Turn
around, walk to the edge, grab the next higher ledge and pull
up. Take a running jump to the next ledge and a standing jump to
the one beyond. Draw weapons and take a final running jump to
the ledge at the doorway. Kill the bat and go in.
At the top of the stairs is another room with a switch. Pull it
to open the remaining door below. Exit through the doorway to
the roof (where there's a save crystal). Then do a series of
safety drops to get down to the ground. Or, if you prefer,
return down the stairs, exit onto the ledge and try a swan dive
into the pool below (Walk + Jump + Forward). Climb out, go back
to the front of the building and enter through the middle door.
MIDDLE DOOR: Proceed cautiously. Three blades begin to swing
back and forth as you approach. Take each one in turn, standing
slightly to one side and running through as the blade swings
away toward the opposite side. Beyond the blades is a gate (see
the bear beyond?) and a switch. Throw the switch and the floor
collapses, dropping Lara into a pool.
Swim forward and to the right through a small underwater opening
about halfway between the surface of the water and the bottom.
Follow this passage and continue until you can surface. Climb
the stairs to a room where you'll find a switch. Use this to
open the gate in front of the exit door (at one end of the pool
below). You can now shoot the bear from the safety of the second
story. When it's dead, jump down into the pool, climb out and
head for the stairway on the left of the exit door (the one with
the gold face).
At the top of the stairs is a switch that stops the swinging
blades. It's not necessary to do this, though, since you won't
be going back that way. Opposite the switch and a little to the
left is a doorway. Enter and drop down twice to find SECRET #3,
Uzi clips. Climb back to the switch room and go down the stairs
to the exit. Use the GOLD IDOL to open the door and end the