May 28, 2015 5:01 pm

Lara Croft: Relic Run discovers treasure on Lumia

The world-famous tomb raider is running for her life. Can you help her survive in this new action-packed game?

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The spelunking heroine first made her debut in the game “Tomb Raider” back in 1996. But she almost wasn’t the character we know today.

Who is Lara Croft?

Loosely inspired by the exploits of swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones, Lara was originally intended to be a male action hero.

But as development on “Tomb Raider” focused more on puzzles and stealth than brawn and bravado, the character of Lara Croft–a well-to-do, proper English lady with a penchant for treasure–hunting, gunplay, and parkour–slowly began to evolve.

After numerous video game sequels, Lara’s popularity took her to the silver screen with the 2001 movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” which starred Angelina Jolie as the titular hero. The film was successful enough to spawn a sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” in 2003.

Lara Croft’s adventures received a major reboot in 2013 with an all-new “Tomb Raider” that depicted her as younger and less experienced and the action as more realistic and brutal. Interest in the character was similarly rejuvenated as Lara was introduced to the next generation of gamers with worldwide success.

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Lara Croft: Relic Run

Dropping the “tomb raider” appellation entirely, Lara Croft stands–or rather, runs–on her own two feet in “Lara Croft: Relic Run,” a new game for Windows Phone from Square Enix Ltd..

Played in similar fashion to “Sonic Dash,” this endless runner-style game has you guide Lara Croft as she runs through ancient ruins and exotic locations. Swipe up on the screen to have her jump over obstacles, swipe down to slide under them, or swipe right and left to change your path.

As you run–or in some cases, drive vehicles like motorcycles and ATVs–you’ll grab treasure and seek ancient relics to progress the storyline. Each location features unique gameplay elements and brand-new challenges.

What I appreciate about “Lara Croft: Relic Run” is how it retains the flavor and exploration of the original “Tomb Raider” games in a fast-paced format. You’ll even shoot enemies with your iconic dual pistols and engage in fierce boss fights.

“Lara Croft: Relic Run” is free to download and play, but does offer in-game purchases to enhance your experience. It also supports Live tiles, so be sure to pin it to the Start screen of your Lumia for quick access.

Now that you’ve learned about Lara’s origins, why not raid a tomb with her on your Lumia? Download “Lara Croft: Relic Run” here.

Have you played “Lara Croft: Relic Run” yet? If so, tell us what you think in the comments below.

Updated September 30, 2015 6:25 pm