As we all know, classic Doom is the title made to run on the most absurd of devices. But other older games are also often ported to different hardware. For example, today we have Tomb Raider from 1996, which was originally released for the PlayStation 1, the Sega Saturn, and the PC.
Play Tomb Raider on Game Boy Advance
Using the open source engine OpenLara, Timur “XProger” Gagiev managed to to ship the title to a Game Boy Advance. The game may look a bit more “pixelated” graphically than it did on the original hardware, but otherwise everything seems to work pretty well. In fact, the game only uses the GBA and a compatible EverDrive card, which is required for emulated games.
The Modern Vintage Gamer YouTube channel has published a fairly detailed video on all the tricks to get the game running on the Game Boy.
“It’s nothing more than code running on the GBA hardware. It’s true technical wizardry and fantastic optimization that takes advantage of the Game Boy Advance’s strengths and truly understands its limitations.”
Tomb Raider celebrated its 25th birthday last year. While it’s a little late for a Tomb Raider title on Game Boy Advance, hopefully the future of Tomb Raider will be as impressive as this engineering feat.