Lara Croft: Relic Run (iOS) Review

By André Eriksson 05.06.2015

Review for Lara Croft: Relic Run on iOS

Who could have guessed that Lara Croft would take the step over to smartphones with an endless runner? One of the gaming industry's most famed female icons is now gracing the App Store. Known for being the star in games of high quality, the pressure on Lara in Lara Croft: Relic Run is high and has a great history to live up to. Will its action-pumping take on the genre be enough to make this another one in the line of great games starring this icon of a female action hero?

The Tomb Raider franchise once helped set the standard of explorative aspects of the action adventure genre. It has a long history filled with great titles starring one of the gaming world's most well-known heroines, Lara Croft. The step over from raiding puzzling tombs to a simple three-lane endless runner might seem strange, and it might sound like an overwhelming task to capture the essence of a Tomb Raider game - the feel of exploring the ancient and unknown within its simple layout - but somehow Simutronics and Square Enix miraculously manages it with this remarkable feat.

Lara Croft: Relic Run plays mostly like any old endless runner on the market. Mostly. There are several creative touches Simutronics has imputed on this title to give it a uniqueness that separates it from the masses of titles in this genre, and to help redefine it from feeling like an average runner to being a real adventure worthy of the action heroine and archaeologist Lara Croft.

Screenshot for Lara Croft: Relic Run on iOS

Only seconds into the game the first of many shooting sequences are delivered. Here, Lara has to kill the enemies and avoid getting hit by their projectiles - a nice spin on the genre. That is only the beginning, though. Later on, a lot of other neat features are presented, such as driving, climbing, and even boss battles.

All of this, along with great special effects that get the adrenaline pumping as if it was a full-blown action game, ensures that Relic run goes against all odds and lives up to the profile of the franchise, and takes its place as one of the better, if not the best, three-lane free-to-play runner on the market. The promise of more certainly makes this latest incarnation of the Tomb Raider franchise worth a look into for fans of the runner genre.

Screenshot for Lara Croft: Relic Run on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

If looking for a free-to-play runner, look no further. Lara Croft: Relic Run is one of the best, if not the best, game currently on the market to satisfy that five-minute on-the-go runner rush. It never grows stale, unlike most other titles in the genre, and can even withstand being played for many hours straight, which is a remarkable feat. It is astonishing that Simutronics succeeded in capturing the feeling of exploration and action in a genre that is not exactly known for offering these elements, but this proves that it is possible to make a top runner that delivers variety and great gameplay. The team has nailed this attempt. Lara Croft: Relic Run should come with a warning sign that says, "Don't play on the bus; the next stop will be missed." It is simply that addictive, immersive and action packed.

Developer

Simutronics

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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