There’s a Tomb Raider board game coming early next year

Done with Shadow of the Tomb Raider already, but still hankering for a bit more Lara in your life? Well, then you might be interested to hear about her latest, somewhat more lo-fi adventure, which arrives in the form of a new Tomb Raider board game in February next year.

Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game, as Square’s new endeavour is known, comes from the makers of the (apparently pretty decent) Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is described as a “fun and clever take on the classic video game series”. It designed for 3-4 players and sees would-be adventurers exploring ruins and fending off threats “while using your wits, arsenal and skills to prove that you, and you alone, are the Lara Croft”.

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The promotional shots show four Lara Croft player pieces, and Square further explains that board game Lara embarks “on an unknown journey in search of a hidden artefact and faces the biggest threat of all, herself!” Which sounds suspiciously like the designers have fancifully incorporated some kind of weird existential, multi-universe Lara narrative, just so everyone gets to play as their favourite adventurer.

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Based on the supplied images, it looks like each game sees Lara(s) working through a random selection of encounters – Pest Nest, Dinosaur, Deadly Waters, Burning Ruins, and Native Village are so far revealed – via the modular board. And really, that’s about all I can impart with regard to Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game at the moment – unless you’re itching to know that it lasts an average of 40mins, measures 312 x 227 x 77mm, and weighs 1.8kg.

I was going to read through the rule book and offer you some sort of summarisation, but it’s not appeared on the pre-order page just yet.

Perhaps if you keep an eye out though, it might eventually materialise.

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