Tomb Raider (1996)

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Tomb Raider (1996)
Tomb Raider (1996) cover
Core Design
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
DOS November 14, 1996
Windows 1997
Mac OS March 1999
Tomb Raider (1996) guide at StrategyWiki
Tomb Raider (1996) at Wikipedia
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (1996) 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016

This page is for the original game. For the remake, see Tomb Raider: Anniversary. For the reboot, see Tomb Raider (2013).

Key points

Use Tomb Raider Automated Fix or Tomb Raider Retail Fix to run the game on modern systems without DOSBox.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

Lara Croft Wiki - A detailed wiki for the Tomb Raider series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
See Run the game without DOSBox.
Mac OS
Includes Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider III. DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]

Version differences[edit]

Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business (Tomb Raider Gold) is a complete edition with four exclusive levels. This version is not sold digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Run the game without DOSBox[edit]

Comes with additional useful features.
Install Tomb Raider Automated Fix (Unfinished Business bonus chapter included)[4]
  1. Download Tomb Raider Automated Fix.
  2. Extract the executable anywhere on your PC and run it.
  3. Follow the installation instructions after pointing to your Tomb Raider 1 installation location.
    • Decide on any of the included improvements, including higher quality graphics from the PlayStation, or remastered graphics.
  4. Complete the installation.
  5. Launch TombATIConfigure for a custom launcher that provides a choice between Tomb Raider 1, Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business, and loading custom texture packs.
  6. Launch tombati.exe to play the main game.
  7. Launch tombub.exe to play the bonus chapter
Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix[5]
  1. Create any folder on your PC and name it to whatever you wish.
  2. Copy the DATA and FMV folders to the folder you've created.
    • For the Retail version, look for these folders on the CD-ROM.
    • For the and Steam versions, extract GAME.GOG with UniExtract to get these folders.
  3. Download Tomb Raider Fix.
  4. Extract all files in the fix folder to the folder you've created, replacing existing files.
  5. Install both redistributable versions in the VC_Redist x86-x64 folder.
  6. Check How To Install.txt to get more info about available features.
  7. Launch Tombati.exe to play the main game.
  8. Launch Tombub.exe in the Unfinished Business folder to play the bonus chapter.

Enable full draw distance[edit]

Enable full draw distance[citation needed]
  1. Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix.
  2. Go into Patches and open tombati.ini.
  3. Set draw_distance_override to true.
  4. Do the same for Unfinished Business\patches\tombub.ini.

Enable PlayStation water color palette[edit]

Enable PS1 water color palette[citation needed]
  1. Install Tomb Raider Retail Fix.
  2. Go into Patches and open tombati.ini.
  3. Set watercolor_override to true.
  4. Do the same for Unfinished Business\patches\tombub.ini.

"Shadow of the Cat" and "Unfinished Business" bonus chapters[edit]

Manual download and install[6]
  1. Download the Unfinished Business (3dfx version) archive from Stella's Tomb Raider site
  2. Unpack the archive and copy DATA/ and tombub.exe to <path-to-game>/TOMBRAID/
  3. Make a duplicate of <path-to-game>/dosboxTR_single.conf and name it dosboxTR_UB.conf
  4. Edit your newly created dosboxTR_UB.conf by replacing the line tomb.exe with tombub.exe
  5. Make a copy of your Tomb Raider shortcut, open its properties and edit the target-field by replacing the single occurrence of dosboxTR_single.conf with dosboxTR_UB.conf.
  6. Finally, rename the shortcut to something meaningful, e.g. "Tomb Raider - Unfinished Business", and run it.

Hide 3dfx splash screen[edit]

Change DOSBox setting[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file (dosboxTR.conf for digital versions).
  2. Go to the [glide] section.
  3. Add a new line: splash=false
  4. Save your changes.


OpenTomb is an open source remake of the Tomb Raider engine. It overhauls almost all aspects of the game engine, along with adding cross-platform support for modern operating systems and Lua scripting support.

Important links regarding the project:

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SETTINGS.DAT
Windows <path-to-game>\SETTINGS.DAT
Mac OS

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*
Mac OS

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

DOSBox settings ( version)
DOSBox settings ( version)
Detail levels menu.
Detail levels menu.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Menu spins with a controller connected[edit]

Change DOSBox timing[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file (dosboxTR.conf for digital versions).
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false
  3. Save your changes.

Can't Alt+Tab ([edit]

Uninstall[citation needed]
  1. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Uninstall DOSBoxnoalttab. You can now use Alt+Tab and other task-switching commands.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nerdly Pleasures: Tomb Raider PC Oldskool Style
  2. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 2 - Forum -
  3. Tomb Raider I · AppID: 224960 · Steam Database
  4. Tomb Raider Automated Fix - Improved Graphics, Resolution, Music + Expansion Pack
  5. Tomb Raider Fix (Retail) - Win 10 64bit, Windows version! No Dosbox! - YouTube
  6. Forum thread on detailing the installation of Unfinished Business