TOMB RAIDER IN
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ December 1st 2001 ]
at last, the long-awaited, high-quality graphics
patch for the classic original Tomb Raider game.
But is it from Core or Eidos? No! A lone developer,
Paul Gardiner, has gotten fed up of waiting for
an official patch, and has pioneered some new
DOS/Windows communication software which allows
Tomb Raider to make use of modern graphics cards.
the system, known as Glidos, is more than a patch
for Tomb Raider. It can potentially provide high-quality
graphics support for many Glide-based DOS games.
Tomb Raider was apparently the target game used
in the development of Glidos, and so support for
Tomb Raider is near to flawless. It also works
for the Unfinished Business levels.
is the problem with Tomb Raider, anyway? The first
of the Tomb Raider games was developed at a time
when 3D graphics cards had only just made it to
the PC market. Now there are several standards
for writing 3D games, the main ones being DirectX
and OpenGL, but back then each graphics card had
to be driven in its own special way. Tomb Raider,
being from that era, was written to drive the
graphics cards that were around at that time;
things have moved on, and modern cards are completely
there was one graphics standard (known as Glide)
around in those early days, and there is a version
of Tomb Raider that uses Glide. Glide support
in graphics card has mostly died out, but it is
Glide that Glidos supports, and hence the mechanism
by which we now can have high-quality graphics
from this classic game.
from Glidos is quite stunning. Of course, you
shouldn't expect a game from that era to compete
in graphics detail with a game like Half-Life
say, but we were amazed by the detail that was
visible, and that we had never noticed before.
Certainly it compares well with Tomb Raider II.
And compared with the software graphics that you
get from Tomb Raider without Glidos - well its
a different game all together.
just take our word for it: grab a copy form our
download site. If you have never played the first
of the Tomb Raider games, then you are in for
a real treat. Many consider it still the best
of the episodes. And if you have played it before,
its very much worth revisiting with the high-resolution
graphics provided by Glidos; it wont have looked
this good when you first played it, we promise
you. You will need a copy of the original game.
It can be obtained for around £5 or so from most
high street games stores. If you already have
the original game, then you need only download
Glidos, and that's free (for now at least).
HERE to for more information and to download GLIDOS.