The Golden Mask

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The Golden Mask
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Tomb Raider II Gold
Release Date 4th June, 1999
Platforms PC, Mac
Number of Levels 4+1
Secrets 12+3
Developer Core Design
Publisher Eidos Interactive
Rating ESRB: Teen
Game Chronology:
Tomb Raider II The Golden Mask Tomb Raider III
detailed Walkthrough

The Golden Mask (aka Tomb Raider II Gold) is part of the TR2 Director's Cut. The Golden Mask consists of four regular levels and one bonus level. The first three Tomb Raider games included add-on adventures which were released at a later date as an expansion of the Tomb Raider game it complemented.


Contents

Levels

Lara on a snowmobile in The Cold War.
Melnikov Island


Nightmare in Vegas.
Nevada



Synopsis

During the course of her day-to-day investigative research, Lara comes across some 'clues' referring to a small island in the Bering Sea: a faded photograph showing an Inuit whalehunter holding what looks like an ancient Golden Mask, an old newspaper from 1945 referring to a conflict over an Alaskan gold discovery, and the blueprints to a secret Soviet military base and mine. Lara is primarily interested in finding the Mask, as it is rumored to be the famed Golden Mask of Tornarsuk - a 'greater spirit' said to bestow powers of re-animation on the mask wearer.


Gameplay

The gameplay of Golden Mask in exactly the same as Tomb Raider II. The weapons and moves Lara used are the same. This is why Golden Mask is an expansion of Tomb Raider II, even though it is technically a separate adventure. To gain access to the bonus level, all the 12 secrets of the previous 4 levels have to be collected.


Characters and Enemies

Characters

This group of mercenaries is also searching for the Mask of Tornarsuk. They will always attack and try to kill Lara. Although they count as Baddies, they are mentioned as characters since they are the only humans other than Lara, that appear in The Golden Mask.


Enemies

Gear

Weapons


Vehicles


Locations

Lara travels to the Bering Sea, which lies between Alaska and Russia, to visit the Islands of the Four Mountains, part of the Aleutian Islands. A certain island is marked red on the map and the handwriting says Melnikov Island. This name seems to fictitious or an alias. The bigger island circled is in reality called Amukta Island, the small dot, barely visible at the top right corner of the circled part is Chagulak Island.


Development

Designers

  • Gavin Rummery (lead programmer)
  • Neil Boyd and Heather Gibson (level designers)
  • Nathan McCree (music and sound effects)


Games
Main: Tomb Raider · Unfinished Business · Tomb Raider II · The Golden Mask · Tomb Raider III · The Lost Artifact · Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation · Tomb Raider Chronicles · Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness · Tomb Raider Legend · Tomb Raider Anniversary · Tomb Raider Underworld · TOMB RAIDER · Rise of the Tomb Raider
Other: Custom Levels · Nightmare Stone · Curse of the Sword · The Prophecy · The Osiris Codex · Quest for Cinnabar · Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox · Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light · Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris · Lara Croft: Reflections


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