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Whizz, (SLPS-00939)

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Whizz, (SLPS-00939)

Whizz, (SLPS-00939)

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Whizz was an Amiga and PC game created by Flair and ported in 1997 to the PlayStation and Saturn in Europe and Japan. Also called ‘Akupyon Game Whizz’ in Japan. Whizz is one of the few 3D platformers to use an isometric viewpoint. The controls reflect this, with moving the controller to the right actually moving the character down and right, moving it down and right moving the character down directly, and so on.

Whizz-01dEach level is played out against a time limit, and the paths through the level aren’t always clear-cut. There are four different types of doors, each of which needs a particular icon to pass (the icons represent the door type, such as ice or bricks, rather than hot water or a key, or anything you’d logically expect to clear the path). You can avoid the baddies, which may be the best option, as killing them costs you some energy this reduces the significance of the points system. Take control in this unique isometric 3D platform game as you race against the clock to find your way to reach the level goal.

STORY:
This game is about a race between Whizz, a bunny with a hot air balloon, and a rat with a zeppelin. Even though the game doesn’t really show the rat often, the first intro cut scene shows that the rat is cheating by shooting Whizz down with his shotgun. Now Whizz must search throughout the land for another hot air balloon.

GAMEPLAY:
Whizz has a mushroom as a health bar, collects flags and gems for points, and gains an extra life after getting 10,000 points. He fights with a spinning attack which can kill some of the enemies and transform them into mushrooms that can add some health to the mushroom health bar.
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Tomb Raider 5, (SLPM-86779)

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Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-86779

Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-86779 (Original)
Tomb Raider 5 – Chronicles, SLPM-87160 (Capkore)

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Picking up where Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation left off, Tomb Raider Chronicles begins at a memorial service for the intrepid heroine Lara Croft. While friends and family recollect her past adventures through full-motion video sequences, you’ll guide Lara through four previously untold scenarios. These scenarios take place in the city of Rome, aboard a German U-Boat, from a remote island located in Ireland, and within a technologically advanced tower. You’ll use the full-grown adventurer in addition to the 16-year-old introduced in The Last Revelation as you advance through the game. Levels highlight certain aspects of the Tomb Raider series.

tombraider-05eRather than blasting enemy forces, the use of deception and puzzle solving is required on the Irish levels. Whereas the Rome levels are built upon exploration, the German U-Boat is crawling with baddies. Receiving instruction from a faithful companion named ZIP, the tower levels require stealth tactics and strategy.

Stealth is one of the many new features in Tomb Raider Chronicles. Unlike previous titles in the series, enemies react to both sound and sight; in certain missions, for example, you’ll want to be as quiet as possible. Lara is also given some new moves (tightropes, suspended bars) and commands with corresponding animations.

Our faithful heroine can search through top-secret file cabinets and desk drawers while looking for clues and key items. Speaking of which, this game offers an assortment of interactive items as well as an improved version of the item combine feature.

Lara also has access to new weapons including a sniper rifle and a grappling hook gun; all the weapons you loved in the previous Tomb Raider games are also intact. In addition to the aforementioned stealth tactics, the heroine can now engage in sneaky hand-to-hand combat. Here, she’ll secretively incapacitate the desired enemy with chloroform or another substance/weapon.

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Tomb Raider 4, (SLPS-02803)

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Tomb Raider 4 – The Last Revelation, SLPS-02803

Tomb Raider 4 – The Last Revelation, SLPS-02803 (Original)
Tomb Raider 4 – The Last Revelation, SLPM-86896 (Capkore)

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As a teen, Lara Croft discovers her true roots as an adventurer in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation for the PlayStation, the fourth installment of the Tomb Raider 3D action-adventure franchise. She’s lived a life surrounded by servants, social events and high society. One day she discovers Professor Werner Von Croy, a respected archaeologist whose work would soon take Lara on a tour of Cambodia. There she would learn, study, and be inspired by this search for adventure from around the world, only to end up witnessing Von Croy’s entrapment in a cave now buried in the desert’s sandy blanket.

tombraider-04dLara Croft is now grown up and in search of this secret tomb that compels her to travel to modern Egypt. As Lara, you’ll experience new enemies, infernal devices and puzzles, and new weapons and ammo. The evil god Set is about to unleash his plague unto the earth due to Von Croy’s eagerness for removing the ancient amulet where he is now trapped… and who knows what else might happen!

The game features a new graphics engine with true, real time dynamic lighting, smoother frame rate, and more color and animation not seen in previous Tomb Raider titles. Weapons and tools like the revolver, crossbow, binoculars, and various types of ammo will help you in your thirst for adventure in these huge, cavernous levels. The ammunition for some weapons allow you to switch between multiple types of rounds.

New moves based on a real physics engine is included, like swinging from ropes, lighting torches, and kicking down doors. There’s also a revised inventory system allowing you to combine objects in a similar fashion to the Resident Evil series. And you’ll be assisting your “partners” such as the Egyptian tour guide who lights torches for you. He’ll need to get through some gates in order to pinpoint certain criteria that needs attention, like a switch or secret door. Continue reading ‘Tomb Raider 4, (SLPS-02803)’ »

Tomb Raider 3, (SLPM-86196)

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Tomb Raider 3 – Adventures of Lara Croft, (SLPM-86196-7)

Tomb Raider 3 – Adventures of Lara Croft, (SLPM-86196-7) (2 Disks)

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The amazing adventurer Lara Croft returns once again with the third release in the Tomb Raider series for the PlayStation, Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft. This time she has some new moves such as crawl, monkey swing, and speed dash to help her through tough situations.

The story unfolds with some background on the current situation. In years past, British sailors discovered a meteor buried deep in the Earth. Unwittingly, they looted four artifacts found with the meteor. One of these sailors kept a journal as they headed back to England — he was the only one to make it home alive.

tombraider-03eWith that in mind, the game begins with several key elements falling into place that will eventually reunite the lost artifacts. Lara is in India searching for one of these precious items, unaware of its true history. She only knows that local beliefs state that the artifact was to contain great powers.

It is up to you as Lara to use what little information you have at hand to begin your quest in finding the artifacts, and discovering their power.

Tomb Raider III’s graphics have been updated from the previous titles with a faster engine. Such improvements include more texture palettes for finer detail, improved water and reflection effects, smoother surfaces and real-time lighting effects.

The story and gameplay are designed to unfold in a non-linear fashion, as in Lara’s previous adventures, but even more so. This time gamers will be able to choose their own destiny by selecting the order in which they play each of the four main levels. The levels are also more open, with multiple routes to the same end. You may also choose to replay each level so you can avoid missing any part of the adventure. Continue reading ‘Tomb Raider 3, (SLPM-86196)’ »

Tomb Raider 2, (SLPS-01200)

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Tomb Raider 2, (SLPS-01200)

Tomb Raider 2, SLPS-01200 (Original)
Tomb Raider 2, SLPS-91119 (PlayStation the Best)
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Lara Croft is back in her biggest adventure yet! The Dagger of Xian is believed by Chinese religion to withhold unbelievable powers. Whoever wields the dagger and thrusts it into their heart will assume the powers of a legendary dragon. Players assume the role of Lara and must track down the dagger before it falls into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the wrong hands are after the artifact; two cultist groups lust for the dagger’s power.

tombraider-02dDeveloped by Core Designs and published by Eidos, Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft is the sequel to the smash-hit Tomb Raider. As Lara, players will trek through 18 massive levels throughout the world. The journey will have you visiting the Great Wall of China, the streets of Spain, various shipwrecks, oil rigs, and the icy climate of Tibet.

Like the original, each level is represented by a plethora of puzzle solving elements and exploration. Puzzles come in the form of pushing blocks into locked positions, throwing switches, and uncovering the path to the next level. You’ll need to have a keen sense of observation as helpful items are littered throughout the level. These include health and ammunition pickups, keys, levers, and bonus relic items.

Lara will also make good use of her acrobatic and weaponry skills. Among her new skills is the ability to wade in shallow water and climb up walls via ladders and ropes. Levels are crammed with a barrage of new baddies including dangerous sharks, electrifying eels, bats, tigers, and trigger-happy humans. Fortunately, the adventurer is prepared for battle; she’ll utilize her patented dual pistols, an Uzi, an underwater harpoon rifle, shotguns, and an M-16 assault rifle. Continue reading ‘Tomb Raider 2, (SLPS-01200)’ »