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Lara Croft: The Sun Obelisk (Adult Version) Reviews
Author: Christopher Cole
Date: 2002
ADRIFT 3.9


What does AIF stand for? Adult Interactive Fiction. If you likely to be offended by games with sexual content, you are advised not
to open these files.

See also Lara Croft: The Sun Obelisk (Non-Adult Version)


Reviewed by A. Ninny (Inside Erin Volume 4 Number 9 - September 2008)

Basic Story

The player-character is Lara Croft, the ass-kicking star of her own line of video games and several movies, in which she is played by Angelina Jolie. You are in search of the legendary Sun Obelisk, pursued through caves and jungles by bad guys, dodging booby traps, solving puzzles, etc.

General Thoughts

I haven't spent much time with the video games, nor have I seen any of the Lara Croft movies, but it doesn't matter. If you're familiar with the tomb raider genre (think a female hot-as-hell Indiana Jones), this game will be comfortable territory. Plus, Lara has a journal that, if you read it, will give you ample background to go on.

Puzzles/Game Play

The settings in this game are richly realized, you really can feel the dank darkness of the dank caves and the steamy heat in the jungles. The adventure feels real, too. Chris has managed to really build the suspense and you always feel like the next tripwire is right around the corner. The linear nature of the game makes sense in this context. There are many points of no turning back, and there are many way to die. I've played this game numerous times in the past, and I still found myself dying and having to restore to previous saved points - at almost every turn.

Lara is a great character. Hot as hell, strong, confident, no-nonsense. Her adventures in The Sun Obelisk push her to the limits, testing her at every turn. It's great fun traveling with her, getting her in and out of danger, and joining in several great sexual escapades.

If I have a complaint with the game, it's that the sex is fairly scarce. There are a couple of major sex scenes, but they come late in the game. I would have enjoyed a few more encounters scattered in during the adventure, but I can see how Chris may have felt that they would break the tension too much.

Sex

Like I mentioned, my main complaint about the sex was that I wanted the game to give me more. Not only more scenes, but also a little more variety and more detail. The sex was hot, though not particularly varied. The characters' attributes seem to come through pretty well in the sex scenes, especially Lara's whose strength and clarity of purpose shifts easily between adventuring and fucking.

Technical

The game is very clean; I noticed no significant bugs. There are a few instances where the implementation seems too simplistic, in a way that interrupts your immersion in the story. For instance, in one scene you encounter a mercenary armed with a rifle. When you enter the room with him, the game reports that he shoots at you. And that's it. You can stand there forever
and he won't shoot again. Then you can simply leave. It would have been easy to make this a timed event, wherein the shooter kills you if you don't solve the puzzle.

Final Thoughts

This game is a really good blend of adventure and sex, and a lot of fun to play.

Rating B+

 


 

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