A few months ago, we talked about the Tomb Raider arcade cabinet, which is being developed by Adrenaline Amusements, and for which the team had revealed several sneak peek at the time. This game is riding on the huge popularity that the new reboot of the Tomb Raider series had in the console and PC market, as well as on the huge interest that the upcoming reboot movie has garnered over the past few months. In our last article, we talked about the sneak peek, which was being slowly released across all 108 Dave & Buster’s locations across the country. This demo of sorts only featured one level out of the total of three that were reportedly being developed for the full game. Several preview images of the game found their way to Twitter, though some were of low quality and were photoshopped to hide important details of the development. Nevertheless, the news of the demo being released at hundreds of D&B’s and the Twitter pics served to garner much interest among the faithful follower of the Tomb Raider series.
As many of our readers may know, the Tomb Raider franchise is based on the adventures of Lara Croft, a headstrong, suave, and very agile archeologist who is more famous for her Indiana Jones-esque adventures across several parts of the world. The upcoming arcade game, however, is based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series, which was developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Square Enix. In this iteration, Lara is a wet-behind-the-ears rookie who was, as of yet, untested in her trade. In the game, Lara’s team is traveling to the fictional island of Yamatai, located in the Japanese Dragon Triangle, when suddenly her expedition is assailed by myriad natural disasters. Her vessel shipwrecked, crew separated and stranded on an island full of rogues and enemy treasure hunters, Lara has to struggle to reunite with her crew and discover the ancient mystery hidden away on the island.
In the console and PC versions, the game plays much like a third-person shooter. Using the sticks to move Lara and to aim her weapons, while also featuring slick jumping and climbing controls, and stellar gunplay which keeps the blood pumping at all times. Furthermore, there is also an upgrade system in place which uses parts of the animals that Lara hunts to upgrade her existing arsenal of weapons. As she progresses, the protagonist also finds tools that can help her reach places that were previously unreachable, as well as grant her new ways to dispatch her enemies.
In the arcade version, however, this game consists of an on-rails shooter game for up to four players in which the participants follow the same adventure that Lara had in the 2013 game, but this time by protecting her and her crew across several shooter sections. In addition to the first level featured in the Dave & Buster’s demo release, the full game allegedly also include two additional levels which will, reportedly, push the skills of the players to the limit. The brochure, which can be found in Adrenaline Amusements’ website features a much better preview of the cabinet itself, though once again with a photoshopped gameplay image in anticipation of the final product.
Fortunately, while the final release of the game was scheduled for later this year, it seems that we’ll be able to get our hands on it much sooner than expected. Even now, operators can already place orders for the cabinet, which will reportedly begin to ship in early May. Fans who enjoyed playing the D&B’s version will definitely have something to write home about when they play the full version.
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