Tomb Raider Challenge with Google Earth

Tomb Raider Underworld in Google EarthIn a promotion for the latest Lara Croft game “Tomb Raider Underworld“, Atari is running a contest called the Tomb Raider Challenge (GE Plugin and Adobe plugins required) with the opportunity over the next few days for a lucky someone to win a Sony PS3. The fun part is that it uses the Google Earth Plugin to play the game. Basically, you visit the site and are presented each day with a clue. You then have to hunt on the Earth to find the location provided by the clue. If you guess right, after you zoom in close enough, you will see an orange Tomb Raider icon. When you see that, you’ve found the answer! Click on it and you will be congratulated on deciphering the clue, and can submit your name and E-mail to see if you were first. There is also a bigger “Major Challenge” where you can win a trip around the world, a big screen TV, and a lot of other goodies.
NOTE: At least on my computer it takes quite a while for this web site to load up (over a minute). Once it does load, you have to close the video of “Lara Croft” (“X” button in the lower right) to see the underlying Google Earth plugin and today’s challenge.
There’s an extensive forum thread all about this challenge at the Tomb Raider Forums. Some people are posting hints on each day’s clues. There was also discussion in the thread that apparently the contest is only for folks in New Zealand or Australia. But, I haven’t verified that yet.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Wow, this is awesome. The placing of the daggers is really nice. Cool stuff.

  2. Nice.

  3. Great idea, and great campaign.

  4. I have pressed the download button again and again, and it downloads, but then when i try to get into it, it says it cannot be found. so i cant even get into placing the daggers.
    Help, i am dying to enter this competition!!!!!!

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