Rise of the Tomb Raider for Android is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Tomb Raider, a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. It was released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November 2015 and for Microsoft Windows in January 2016. A special edition of the game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, was released worldwide for Android PlayStation 4 in October 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Android is a third-person action-adventure game that features similar gameplay found in 2013’s Tomb Raider. Players control Lara Croft through various environments, battling enemies, and completing puzzle platforming sections, while using improvised weapons and gadgets in order to progress through the story.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Android features a crafting system, allowing players to create items like different arrow types (poison, climbable, fire, grenade, rope) by scavenging materials from plants and animals in the game’s harsh environment. The in-game environment includes a weather system that both human and animal characters can react to and a day-night cycle. For example, to create a hardier winter coat Lara must hunt a wolf which only comes out during a specific time of day and specific weather condition. Lara can swim which will add to her mobility and combat tactics.
Combat in Rise of the Tomb Raider for Android has been redesigned with more adequate options for stealth and sneak attacks. Lara can use the environment to her advantage; hiding in bushes or trees, shooting arrows at objects to distract enemies, crafting Molotov cocktails and makeshift grenades, or avoiding combat altogether by climbing trees and traversing rooftops. The bow and arrow return from Tomb Raider in Rise of the Tomb Raider for Android. The grappling hook, now known as a wire spool, also returns after being absent from the series since Tomb Raider: Underworld. Different types of bows can be fashioned from specific animals and materials that Lara can hunt and salvage. Lara’s pistol, shotgun, assault rifle and climbing axe all return from Tomb Raider, each with their own variants. New items introduced include a hunting knife for melee or sneak attacks, a re-breather for underwater exploration, and a lock pick to open locked crates and doors.