Lara Croft: Relic Run is a free-to-play action-adventure endless runner platforming game for mobile platforms. It was co-developed by Simutronics, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, and published by Square Enix in May 2015.
Square Enix’s Lara Croft: Relic Run you play as–surprise!–a variety of Lara Crofts (the game is almost certainly a contender for Touch Arcade’s coveted Most Lara Crofts Of The Week award). The gameplay is pretty familiar: you simply run through temples–er, jog through jungle ruins–until you die, at which point you upgrade stuff and try again. You swipe left and right to change lanes, you collect coins, you occasionally tap the screen to shoot things. (If you’d like a bit more in-depth explanation of the basic mechanics in the game I highly recommend checking out our glowing review of Behind the Back Free to Play Endless Runner.). Lara Croft has always been a bit of a divisive figure in video games, with some arguing she’s a modern symbol of female empowerment and others saying she’s not much more than polygonal eye candy for teenage boys. The “real answer”, if there is such a thing, is likely somewhere in the middle. It’s certainly hard to argue against having more female-centric action games on the App Store, though, and Lara Croft: Relic Run is a pretty great one. Sure, it does very little new in the behind-the-back-runner genre, but what it does do is amp up the spectacle and variety to a dizzying degree, proving the runner genre may still have legs yet.
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