Level: LB Advent Calendar 2019 - Christmas in Seville back home search
Author(s): AgentXP DJ Full Jesus C.Croft LoreRaider Sponge tombraiderxii
total rating:9.63 Gameplay &
Objects &
Sound &
Lighting &
Jay 9 10 10 10
Jorge22 10 10 10 10
Jose 9 10 10 10
Josey 10 10 10 10
manarch2 7 9 10 9
Phil 9 10 10 9
Ryan 9 10 9 10
Talos 10 10 10 10
Treeble 9 10 10 10
young Lara Croft 10 9 9 9
category averages
(10 reviews)
9.20 9.80 9.80 9.70

Reviewer's comments

"With an impressive architecture and texturization, the authors tried hard to give enough hints to the players with on-screen texts or many flybys and camera shots; good work in that sense. There is certain backtracking, but never annoying because it's really a pleasure to explore the marvellous environments you'll find here. The musics are very well chosen too and the secrets (I only found two) are reasonably hidden. Definitely a masterpiece you can't miss. Congratulations to the team!" - Jose (22-Feb-2020)

"I had a grand time during the first 90% of this charming level, enjoying the colorful and festive surroundings while making my way from shop to shop and savoring the fine details, down to the little birds scratching for food in the snow. Then it became dark and spooky, pretty much destroying the Christmas spirit that had been building up nicely to that point. I suspect that having too many cooks in the kitchen may have spoiled the broth a bit, as that section down in the crypt could and should have been left out. Moreover, I floundered about forever trying to find the finish trigger and finally consulted a video walk to refresh my recollection as to the location of that harp (which is easy to walk right past without noticing it). But then the final cut scene helped improve a mood that had become by that time rather gloomy. The gameplay is quite complex, so I was happy to have Dutchy's trusty walkthrough close by to guide me along. Lighting (except for that part in the crypt) is perfect throughout, and I never once thought about lighting a flare. And exploring a charming village--for the most part outdoors--during a light snowfall was a welcome change from the usual tunnels and ducts we encounter in custom levels. Highly recommended." - Phil (12-Feb-2020)

"This Christmas adventure is absolutely worth the wait and the LBAC ends on a really high note here. After Prague the next large city Lara visits and there is really a lot to do before you get to see the amazing final cutscene. The door puzzle and the barbershop were great fun, but sometimes the progression is a bit dull, like when all you do in a building is finding an item and exit again. The timed runs are overly generous and the exploration of the roofs is underdone in my opinion. Still the labourious exploration is satisfying and there are many nice scenes so it never gets boring. The object design and placement is amazing and the four secrets are well hidden, some are very sneaky. The atmosphere is great, sounds and cameras are perfect; there are some minor design issues like paperthin floors but none of which affects the impression seriously - and the 10 in the third category is deserved almost for the final cutscene alone. The texturing and lighting are very good as well, also with minor issues, I personally did not like the 2D textures on buildings so much that try to create a 3D look, but nevertheless I think they are very professionally made and placed. A very nice and festive raid I spent 50 minutes in - strongly recommended!" - manarch2 (02-Jan-2020)

"What an unexpected belated Christmas present! I couldn’t stop playing I was having such a good time. The city looks beautiful and Lara finds some interesting tasks to keep herself amused before joining the concert at the end of the day. I enjoyed the humour – in particular the visit to the barber’s shop, which was delightfully quirky. Just a big thank you to all involved for making this one of the best, most enjoyable Advent Calendars for years." - Jay (02-Jan-2020)

"Level created by some members of the Ak 2019 Team, set in the exotic Seville, a Spanish city with the almohade past. Once part of the ancient Caliphate of Cordoba that ruled the al-Andalus, now the capital of Andalusia. Walking around the city are detailed reconstructions of Arab monuments, where the Giralda stands, the ancient minaret turned into a bell tower. And Giralda itself will be one of Lara's destinations, along with the magnificent cathedral. Between hilarious puzzles inspired by the "Barber of Seville", up to the crypts of the cathedral, Lara will meet well-known figures in the world of TRLE and beyond, progressing to the final destination. Graphically we are facing a sensational level, despite the limited time available for its realization: the base of the Persian Back to Basics is always a joy for the eyes, and for those who worship the charm of the "Oriental Nights" will be satisfied. The gameplay is varied, with funny and grotesque (non-spoiler) heights of genius that will tear you big laughs. An ideal level for the Christmas period, which closes a sensational Advent Kalendar :D" - Talos (01-Jan-2020)

"What an awesome level this was! Creative and funny at times, the Barber Shop part which was hilarious ! This team effort was a success , I have only positive things to say about , great adventure!" - young Lara Croft (31-Dec-2019)

"Here's a wonderful way to top off this year's brilliant Advent Calendar offerings. The cityscape you explore here is absolutely gorgeous and the sense of realism is extremely palpable with the various classy buildings, archways, posters and inhabitants. The town takes a lot of exploring and there seems to be various ways to accomplish your tasks, as well as it apparently being possible to finish the level without exploring every inch of the level. I thought this was a rather dicey way of setting out a level, but everything seemed to work out for me and my enjoyment of the level wasn't spoiled. Just be careful not to get turned round too much. AgentXP's and DJ Full's voiceovers were absolutely brilliant and the final flyby is positively heartwarming and stunning. The whole level exudes Christmas cheer from start to finish. Very well done indeed." - Ryan (31-Dec-2019)

"Thanks, Team, for an amazingly beautiful, stupendous Christmas game. Besides being an eye candy, it has creative and fun novelties in gameplay, as the scissors' sequence, for example, quite well placed camera hints, lovely objects, immense variety of actions, breathtaking panoramas and rooms, and perfect atmosphere. As for the music, it is great, and the authors had the good taste of including, at the end, a part of the Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. Congratulations!" - Josey (31-Dec-2019)

"I really don't think it's a normal thing to snow in Seville! But this is Lara Croft in such a lovely team effort, so who cares? And, yes, I just checked and it seems it actually snowed there in 1954 and 2010. I loved the wonderful textures and sceneries as well as all the (sometimes confusing - because you can do at least one thing quite properly in an unintended manner) inspired puzzles and exploration. That barber shop scene was unequivocally DJ Full-inspired and quite a laugh. I found all four secrets and loved the musical finale. I thought of rating gameplay 9 throughout most of the adventure but, let's be fair and, furthermore, fair in rating it for the marvelous gift it is. It deserves a ten. It all deserves a ten. Thank you so much, team Christmas, for this grand, eye-candy gift." - Jorge22 (30-Dec-2019)

"And the Advent Calendar 2019 comes to an ending with a bang! Just like Christmas in Prague, we are given another massive city to explore in and out in search for a number of different items with a few puzzles along the way. I couldn't help but laugh at the way jokenpo was interpreted here — with a nice nod to EssGee —, and so many other little details brought a smile to my face such as DJ Full's appearance (does that mean he lives in Lara's world now? How can I move in as well?), his desired toy shark, and the fascinating ending cutscene. The sheer size of the city had me running in circles more often than I care to admit, and I finished with an unused hook which may have been a pickup simply to break a rope, but I was so enthralled by the atmosphere I couldn't stop playing until I hit the finish trigger. Congratulations to everyone involved in still making the Advent Calendar happen nearly two decades later and thank you for the joyful adventures! 100 minutes, 2 secrets. 12/19" - Treeble (29-Dec-2019)
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