Week in Arcade: Lara Croft

The final week of the Summer of Arcade, a timed $15 exclusive from a classic franchise.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

If there’s a way to ensure people know this is a side story, it’s to take the main title away. Tomb Raider this is not, but a Lara Croft quest from an isometric view, firmly focused on pacing and keeping the player moving. Puzzles are quick to solve, and easier to actually complete in terms of the action. This is an arcade game through and through, and the currently local co-op only (online to come late next month) makes for even more crazed action. The viewpoint takes a bit of work to adjust to, but it’s utilized well. Good stuff.