Level: The Canyon / First Cataract back home search
Author(s): Jbc21
total rating:8.61 Gameplay &
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alan 8 8 9 9
Andi Croft 9 10 10 9
Bex 9 9 10 9
Cuqui 9 9 9 9
Dimpfelmoser 8 8 9 9
Gerty 9 9 9 9
Gonxii 9 10 10 9
Jay 8 8 9 8
Jose 8 8 8 8
Kristina 7 7 9 9
MichaelP 9 8 7 8
Monika 9 8 9 9
Nutman 8 8 8 8
Orbit Dream 8 7 8 9
Phil 9 10 10 9
RaiderGirl 10 9 9 10
Ryan 8 8 9 9
Sash 9 9 9 10
Treeble 7 8 9 8
Whistle 7 6 8 8
category averages
(20 reviews)
8.40 8.35 8.90 8.80

Reviewer's comments

"This was an enjoyable and pleasant coastal adventure. The setting is nice, textures are well applied as well as the cameras and sound. Gameplay is mainly about exploration, some jumping and climbing as the readme says, and looking for some keys and stars to get to other parts of the level. The second one is nice as well, with more puzzle items to find and some traps to avoid. Secrets are well hidden, I only found two in the second level! Finished in 1 hour, 13 minutes. Recommended." - alan (16-Feb-2018)

"The setting in this older level is well constructed for its age. The gameplay in the Canyon segment is centered around extensive exploration of the huge areas and searching out hidden nooks and crannies for items needed to progress, which I found enjoyable. Boulders need to be avoided and there's a few jumping exercises to conquer. Even the (brief) maze didn't dampen my enthusiasm. The second section is shorter, but more enemies such as pigs and skeletons make an appearance and there are some nice cutscenes in this section. Good stuff." - Ryan (04-Oct-2017)

"I remember playing this many years ago, before I started reviewing, and enjoying it quite a bit. Time has been quite good to it and it has a scope not always apparent in these early levels. The canyon is imposing and contrasts well with the darker cave interiors. Exploration is the name of the game, with some fun climbing sequences, easily achieved but still entertaining enough. Enemies are skeletons, pigs and crocodiles and the overall atmosphere is good, with some impressive flybys and camera work." - Jay (22-Nov-2015)

"This two-level-in-one was an enormous pleasure to play. The atmosphere, textures and lightings were excellent used and that made the level almost real. Gameplay was not easy because there are lots f places you may go so you need to explore and backtrack a bit. The second level was easier though and shorter than the first one. I totally recommend it." - Gonxii (21-Nov-2015)

"The first of the two levels presented here is a large exploration level par excellance.Despite an unfortunate abundance of massively compressed textures in the opening area,the scenery is thereafter very well crafted and as organic in appearance as is possible with the original texture set;while progression is rather linear in retrospect,but is full detours and explorable bits for those who enjoy that sort of thing.Gameplay has been well worked out,and there is far less backtracking than expected.Only the disapointingly large number of unmarked climbable walls lets it down,but the atmosphere is absorbing;enemy placement is effective;and gameplay creativity is quite high,with an impressive 75 minute duration.. The second level is much shorter and comparatively straightforward,in an area similar in appearance to the preceeding one.Puzzles are basically non-existant;it's all 'run,swim,shoot,collect pick-ups',for about 25 minutes;but the textures are placed with more consistancy,there are no unfair moments,and it moves along at a brisk pace. In both levels,cameras are used helpfully and often creatively;while lighting is accomplished,and secrets are cleverly hidden. For those who enjoy lengthy outdoor adventures in sunny climes,this double-level adventure is just the thing." - Orbit Dream (25-Jul-2010)

"This couple of coastal levels were easy to play for me. I didn't find interesting puzzles but an entertaining gameplay, moving through a natural environment and doing all kind of jumps and movements. No much enemies, I found ammo for the grenade gun and the revolver but I couldn't find those guns. Found the sight too but no use for it. A good use of cameras and sounds gave a nice touch to this entertaining levels." - Jose (05-May-2008)

"The first level is set in a nicely canyon area and it really stands out for being so well crafted despite being among the earlierst works with the level editor. It requires a lot of exploration and heaps of attention (took me a while to realize the obvious path to the key behind the doors on the top of the bottom area), and despite being very bright I ran out of flares quickly because some of the alcoves are very dark. The second level is far more linear and much shorter, lasting only 15 minutes, revolving around short quests for two golden stars. It's still as attractive as the first, just a tad more "wet", figuratively speaking. Bottomline, these are two fun levels, despite being old, and will definitely be especially interesting for the explorers out there. 65 minutes, 2 secrets. 02/07" - Treeble (24-Feb-2007)

"I imagine a number of gamers have never had the pleasure of playing this wonderful two-part classic because of the installation problems. Cher has recently (6/04) provided a remarkably clear and concise walkthrough that spells out the manual steps that need to be taken to install the levels properly. For all of you who have missed this adventure now's the time to go back and give it a whirl. There's plenty of action and excitement throughout but the level of difficulty is kept low enough that all gamers seasoned or not can enjoy it. Grand raiding in the old tradition. Don't miss it." - Phil (22-Jun-2004)

"It's the second time I played this and I liked it the same. An old level indeed and with not so many puzzles but the canyon was great. The rocks and everything was well made I liked the view from high above. The camera showing Lara shimmy was nice and the crawlspaces well hidden. Two knots with one of them turn into a pillar when placed three stars and a portal guardian are the items the player has to find. Skeletons crocodiles wild boars are the enemies. There are keys as well to open the next gate and proceed. One of them leads to the second level. Nicely done with a cataract now and some swimming involved. I found only three secret blue gems and not green as the author says in the readme file. It took me a little more than an hour to complete this maybe because I knew where to go and what to do. It is a pleasant level and recommended for all players beginners or experienced ones." - Kristina (10-Jul-2003)

"This level is perfect for people who enjoy exploring and jumping. Atmosphere is very nice and lighting is excellent. The gameplay is exciting with tricky puzzles very fun. It's a great adventure so play it!" - Cuqui (25-Nov-2002)

"An absolute blast from start to finish. This is exactly my kind of level. Here you've got everything that makes Tomb Raiding so good - the chance to do lots of exploring in the brilliant Nevada-style surroundings some hair-raising action sequences (one particular boulder run will get your adrenaline pumping for sure) a mixture of easy and tricky puzzles to keep your brain occupied and just enough enemies to add to the overall atmosphere. I didn't want this set of two levels to end. In fact I almost phoned in sick at work so I could finish it I really didn't want to leave it alone. What are you waiting for - download this one now!" - Bex (22-Aug-2002)

"Against my usual habit I am rating these two levels as one because First Cataract takes only about 20 minutes of the total 1:30 hours of net gaming time. This is a level for explorers. I thought the outside canyon are really has a stunning architecture and is so much fun to explore for many many pickups and the three gem secrets in each of the two levels. Texturing outside is good though sometimes a little too wallpaper like. I didn't care a lot for the in between inside area as it looks very bland and there are only a few jumps to do and steam to avoid. After that there is a passage with many spike traps and then back outside lots of boulders and while they gave me lots of frights I luckily did not get hit by a single one. Enemies are a crocodile a few skeletons and warthogs. A knot to find (and place in a pillar receptacle?) the portal guardian a star and two gate keys in the little maze near the end of part one. Part 2 continues the outside exploration unfortunately you have to envision the actual cataract as it has dried up by now. Another knot and two stars to find and an enjoyable (and easy) spikes and darts gauntlet to master. Bottomline if you really enjoy exploring a big area high and low with jumps and climbs you will have a lot of fun here - I sure did!" - Michael (19-Aug-2002)

"This is without a doubt one of the most brilliant levels if you love exploring and it's not the mindless exploring where you end up finding nothing no matter how unnecessary as each time you go for a wander here you always have a little prize at the end of it. And the reason the exploring is so good here is that there is an absolutely stunning environment to play in with loads of nooks and crannies where you will not only find pick ups a plenty but also 5 secrets gems usually with more pick ups. As the name says the first level is set mainly outside around a huge canyon and the second is set around a waterfall area that unfortunately didn't have a waterfall (cataract) but there was plenty of water. If you are looking for a lot of puzzles then you won't find many here as the game play is mostly finding and placing key pick ups and if you want a lot of enemies then again you won't find many apart from a handful of skeletons crocs and warthogs but that isn't what this 90 minutes level is about and I for one am glad it was made just the way it is. So do yourself a favour and go exploring after all isn't that what an adventurer's supposed to do!" - Sash (21-Jun-2002)

"I have never been so sad to see the end of a level. The obvious time and effort the creator put into this was well worth it. The surroundings are beautiful and creative while remaining realistic the puzzles are fun yet not too challenging the enemies are few but well placed there are a lot of items to find and place and a good amount of pick-ups. Great lighting camera work sound and atmosphere. Relatively easy but not without its challenges. I had trouble finding one key item (but finally made it with the help of Sash). I will definitely play this A+ level again and hope to see much more work from this creator. Let's go adventuring!" - RaiderGirl (21-Jun-2002)

"Not a great fan of the Nevada desert levels but loving exploring I just had to play this level. It was not easy that I can tell you. Lots of climbing up and down and looking where to go next. Finding 5 gems and also lots of goodies made it worthwhile. The canyon was stunning and I got lost in it more than once. Enemies were not that hard still don't like the skeletons though. The cataract part was great too only pity that it was a dry one. For explorers a must." - Gerty (21-Jun-2002)

"This is a great outdoor level with some nice indoor areas. You really do feel like you are in a canyon. Please note that I have not spent a lot of time creating a level myself with the editor however I really liked this level and highly recommend it." - Nutman (21-Jun-2002)

"A good level makes you think but not get overly stuck. Canyon walls very bright and well textured while you go to dark forbidding areas. Could have done with more enemies but the ones you get particularly the skeletons have to be handled with care and cunning. 1st Cataract is rather short I first came to the end with only one of the three jewels as it was so unexpected went back and found the other two reasonably easily (1st is as the result of shooting skeleton 2nd one you almost stumble over)." - Whistle (21-Jun-2002)

"The Canyon: The atmosphere there gave me some impression how it could be in a real canyon. There is some climbing to do and most important it is to watch out for rolling boulders (plenty). Enemies are crocodiles wild boars and skeletons. Almost at the end of this level one can find a crossbow which comes in handy in the next part. First Cataract: I didn't really see a cataract but there was water. Again you meet crocodiles wild boars and skeletons. You need (among other items) 2 Golden Stars. If you don't get them in the correct order you have to do some extra climbing. I liked the environment very much and the game as such. Found 4 secrets." - Monika (21-Jun-2002)

"This is a very great Level. The lighting is ever good and the atmosphere very nice. I always see when I use a star or a pharos knot a sequence or a short picture which door is opening. A lot of sounds in this level some enemies and not so hard puzzles makes this level to a great adventure. A nice work you must download this. More from this work I hope to see." - Andi Croft (21-Jun-2002)

"I admit this is exactly my kind of adventure. No levers not too linear but with a steady progression a lot of space to explore and lashings of jumps that come naturally with the canyon. The only downside was that Lara's butt raised it's ugly head again but maybe that was my fault since I don't know how to handle the Bat files and did some makeshift converting dimpfelmoser style. I take it that some of the butts represented enemies that are strangers to the coastal world cause I found heaps of ammo and medi packs but encountered very little resistance. True there is not that much to do apart from exploring and jumping around (the odd swim monkeyswing and shimmying included) in the outdoor areas but everything else would have marred this authentic field trip. The atmosphere is really convincing most of the time only in some areas the canyon appears to have been stabeled with concrete which looks a bit daft. There are some traps but they are generally manageable on the second try and the easy to find secrets although not always rewarding will keep you happy for the 90 minutes or so this takes to complete. There are four (I think) indoor areas which blend in well with the overall setting but you won't spend much time there; so if you are sick and tired of dark and musty tombs you should get the hiking gear together and find out what the first cataract looks like." - Dimpfelmoser (21-Jun-2002)
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