The Croft Manor returns as special training level in Tomb Raider Anniversary. Like in Tomb Raider Legend the player visits the new Croft Manor.
The mansion looks very much like the home in Tomb Raider Legend, only this time players can access more places, including an outside area with a maze.
New points of interest
- Throughout the mansion Lara finds open books. She can read a few pages that refer to either some past adventures or history.
- Lara can now visit a Music Room that contains some instruments such as a piano and harp. When you interact with them, Lara will play a few notes. A stereo is also in the room. You can listen to whatever tracks you have unlocked by playing the game such as Main Menu theme and Croft Manor theme.
- The Gym is a great opportunity to practice some of Lara's skills. There are a few relics scattered throughout the area.
- The maze located outside has the grapple in the center and also an artefact.
As Lara arrives to her home she finds a note from her butler, Winston. She reads that her home isn't completely refurnished and that some boxes with antiquities are still stacked in the man hall.
In this level you can find eight Artifacts.
Artefacts & Keys
Traps & Obstacles
- There's a fire in the fireplace, but it's easily avoided. During the level Lara puts the fire out with the Bucket of Water.
Obstacles, Triggers & Puzzles
A secret passage from the Study to the Treasure Room.
Athena Statue in the Maze
Texts of Books
There are various books scattered around the Croft Manor. Lara can read them with the Interact function.
"...And even as their hooves shook the earth beneath him, Gilead gathered his remaining strenght and drew back his BOW." --The Trials of Gilead, Volume I
"As he struggled mightily to calm himself, Gilead removed the poison ARROW from its quiver."
--The Trials of Gilead, Volume II.
"And Gilead knew the GEARS of his heart would never turn again as he sacrified his one true love to save the kingdom he had fought so long to protect."
--The Trials of Gilead, Volume III
"Better still, the new 50 caliber round comes with a full metal jacket designed to maximize muzzle velocity and power to the target."
"While other traps have a similar closing mechanism, it was the Egyptians who perfected the savage effectiviness of the holding barbs."
"Prolific evidence exists that the ancient Eskimos would carve extremely detailed ivory maps of their coastline and hunting waters."
"It is only through knowing our history that we can learn from the past."
Book on Lara's bed
"Pink is the new black."
"But the new pharaoh was not content with all that was now his. No, Ramses the second wanted even more; he had visions of an empire so spectacular all mankind would come to marvel at its glory."
"...by far the most intriguing is the legend surrounding the fabled dagger of Xi'an
and the awesome power it wields."
"With the Silk Road bringing thousands of travelers into the region annually, Delhi was soon overrun by merchants selling goods of every possible description."
"When the Spaniards had all but wiped out the Incan empire, the remaining survivors fled to the mountains and disappeared. Legend says they retreated to the hidden city of Vilcabamba
"...the ruins of Atlantis
were lost beneath the sea when the glaciers melted some ten thousand years ago."
"Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of mineralogy would arrive at the same conclusion. Wherever this Isis stone
was formed, it wasn't on Earth."
"The luxury liner Maria Doria
has never been found, however treasure hunters the world over search endlessly for its resting place."
"The native population of Costa Rica was ravged by diseases brought by it's conquerors and barely managed to survive to see the establishment of the capital city."
"By far the most important survival item one can possible have is the will to survive."
"As Charles Kane
notes in his superb history of the Iron Curtain, there were numerous historical precedents against the practicality or feasibility of the fortress system of foreign policy."
- ↑ The in-game book on the table near the fireplace