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Level: Legend of the Crystal Skull - Lara's Home (revised) back home search
Author(s): Pwhirl
total rating:6.67 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
CC 6 7 8 7
Ceamonks890 5 7 7 8
G.Croft 6 6 6 7
Gerty 6 8 7 6
Jose 1 5 3 6
Josi 7 6 8 6
Kristina 5 5 4 4
MichaelP 5 8 8 8
Obig 7 7 9 8
Orbit Dream 4 5 8 9
Phil 8 7 8 7
RaiderGirl 7 8 8 9
Ryan 6 7 7 6
Sash 5 6 3 5
Treeble 7 9 9 8
TrueRaider 9 8 9 8
category averages
(16 reviews)
5.88 6.81 7.00 7.00

Reviewer's comments

"I haven't played the original version by this author as of yet, so I cannot vouch for whatever modifications may have been made. Although this mansion wasn't badly built and there were a couple of cool features, it was almost completely ruined by the CONSTANT, IRRITATING DARKNESS. Fair enough, there are flares scattered around the mansion and the nearby outbuilding, but it was perpetually annoying to light a flare after almost every step. The textures looked good, insofar as I could see, though. The gameplay is comprised entirely of locating DVDs and their respective cases and returning them to their rightful place in the music room, of which I managed to miss one, which was hidden in a dank underground area and I wasn't really motivated to go back. I've played far worse mansion levels and the custom audio files did enliven up the backtracking slightly." - Ryan (18-Jan-2017)

"Another mansion level without interest; no puzzles, no cameras, no enemies, no musics... If you're an explorer and you like check a lot of areas searching for items you'll need to place at the end of the level, it could be a good level for you. But beware, the darkness is present in all areas and you never dispose of enough flares to light your way. And what happens if you miss a book in one of the areas? Of course, you'll have to explore again aaaaall the entire level to find it. If you decide to play this level, I highly recommend follow the walkthrough instructions as I did. Not recommended in any way, even to pure explorers." - Jose (19-Aug-2016)

"I didn't (and don't plan to) play the first version of this level, but a comparison of the two walkthroughs indicates that the main difference is the revision's inclusion of seven DVD movies and their cases that are scattered throughout Lara's sprawling estate. The spartan walkthrough signals a fairly brief raid, but it took me a little over an hour to gather up everything and return the movies (and cases) to their proper place in Lara's entertainment center. Although this is a house level, it boasts an entire additional dwelling where a considerable amount of the action takes place. There's some annoying backtracking, and it's much too dark in places, but I enjoyed the time I spent here." - Phil (17-May-2016)

"Identical to the non-revised version, only with a new gym-like outside area for poles, ropes and swimming, a few new sound effects and the inclusion of Winston within the level this time around. And that's all I can really say, without coming across as completely redundant." - Ceamonks890 (28-Jun-2015)

"I remember playing the first version of this, and a lot of the same things are the same, like the little house in the grounds of the mansion and the bike course, but new things have been introduced in this version. It's the mansion as we know it, very well done, at twilight so the lights are on around the house. I liked the way this mansion is done, I particularly liked the 'bars' to monkeyswing and climb over. I thought it an excellent idea of finding DVDs and their covers around the house and grounds and tidying them back into their shelf. The only place I was really stuck was in the underground bike area. I had no idea that one wall was breakable until I went back and accidentally went through it. I like this level very much, and at the time it would probably have been the best mansion out there, that is, before the great house builders of the last year." - CC (08-Nov-2004)

"There is doubtless many a good idea here, but the overriding problem with this level is not the fact that it's a House (this particular reconstruction of her Mansion has been done very well indeed), but because of the omnipresent darkness, which obscures almost your every step. What you have to do here is explore, (which is good) lighting flares all the while (which isn't so good) until they become exhausted; whereupon you peer blindly into the darkness of your Monitor (which is bad...especially for your eyes) until you eventually pack it all in without seeing everything that there is to see and run out of the main gates to the finish Trigger in order to intentionally end the whole thing prematurely. According to the walkthrough, I'd seen the bulk of the playing area (including the Bike ride); but I was developing a headache and decided enough was enough. Someday, someone will create a really decent House adventure with a splendid storyline. Regrettably, this wasn't it." - Orbit Dream (25-Oct-2004)

"For a house level this one was pretty good apart from being TOO DARK. You do need to play it in the dark and even if you find quite a lot of flares, it's still not enough. To top it of, this kinds of levels do give me a headache and that is a shame. The hunt for seven DVD's and their cases is quite an adventure. Secrets are Stone Roses and there is even a revolver and sight for some practice shooting. Also you need to get the feeder for some jumps you have to make on the bike later on. The DVD's and their cases are scattered throughout the house and garden, so be sure to look everywhere. Also the Attic key is necessary. I did lock up Winston in the fridge as he was bothering Lara in a big time while she tried to make that timed run. After getting everything just place the DVD's where they belong and the finishing trigger is stepping out of the main gate. 18-11-2003" - Gerty (20-Nov-2003)

"As the biggest fan of house levels in the world, I thought this was fabulous! Sure, it's the same old Lara's Home, but it's been given a twist. Many new areas, DVDs to find, Winston is back (although I locked him in the kitchen freezer), and most significantly of all it's set at night! The only problem with that is that it is way too dark. I played the level in a pitch black room, screen at full brightness, but I still ran out of flares. If just the outside was like that, then I would have been happier, but where's the electricity inside?! The gameplay is fantastic, lots of exploring to do, very few enemies and a brand new assault course, as well as the old one! The new one is in a little building where the quad bike track used to be, and the course comes complete with some funky music! Although you couldn't say this was entirely original, I loved it to death anyway!" - TrueRaider (27-Apr-2003)

"A year after it's initial release, Matthew has revised the original version of 'Legend of the Crystal Skull' though for the most part no dramatic changes have been made. The house is very well done and is an exact replica of the TR 3 house. Well, almost exact - there's been a new area with ropes added to the outside obstacle course and instead of the maze or bike track there's another small house with a shooting puzzle that opens the door to the new improved bike track. Everything takes place at night so there's a lot of running around to do in the dark, looking for keys, solving a pushable block puzzle (don't wake up the skeletons first!), riding the bike around and exploring the grounds to see what changes have been made. Two fun things have been added to this version. There are seven DVD's and their cases to find around the grounds (14 objects total), and there are three rose secrets to find. Plus, Jeeves is even there following Lara around with a tray of tea! This is a fun level that will take you about an hour if you do everything." - RaiderGirl (16-Feb-2003)

"A nice rebuild of Lara's home, almost exactly the way we know it. A few new areas and a bike course added. The task is to find several DVD- movies and their cases that someone (Winston?!) has spread out all over the property. Find them and put them orderly in their shelf. The revolver and the laser-sight is a must, since you have to practice some target-shooting, also the nitro-oxygen for jumping over water with the bike." - G.Croft (12-Feb-2003)

"A really nice home-level. You have to find seven DVD's and their cases and put them on the shelf in the TV-room. I enjoyed running around in the mansion without all kinds of enemies around for a change, or traps to avoid. Just the butler who gets in the way al the time, but you can lock him up in the attic or even in the freezer if you like. And I think Lara could do with some more light in and around the house. If you like home levels, this one is recommended." - Josi (08-Feb-2003)

"I hate dark levels and this was way too much for me. Black dark with not enough flares. It's the typical mansion but with some underground areas and an extra big pool. The part I liked the most was searching for DVDs and their cases. Combine them and you have the movies. Some more climbing from the original and a long swim to get from the underground to the mansion again is required. The only enemies although I wasn't expecting any were the skeletons but they can be avoided. Winston is there as well annoying Lara by following her around all the time. I had a bit of trouble locating the shelf to place the movies but it was not that far, just inside the room with the piano. The bike and feeder are necessary to make a jump over a ramp. I don't like crawlspaces especially when a maze is in between. It's very tiring crawling and trying to find your way through a maze with no flares, well I added some there is no way I could complete the level with the flares given. I am not fond of house levels they bore me but this was a nice try. I guess it's all a matter of taste. Play it to see Lara's house at night." - Kristina (07-Feb-2003)

"A couple of weeks ago I've played the original version. I don't remember it quite well to point out the differences, but the main additions to this revised version are a rope area next to the assault course, a couple of new areas beneath Lara's Home accessed by the underground driving course (oh, and the cool black motorbike is still there!), and, what completely fascinated me, Lara is searching for some of her DVD's that are missing. You first get the cases, then you combine them with the DVD's you find and put them on the DVD shelf by the video room. It's an optional quest, you can finish the level whenever you want by crossing the gates, and getting the DVD's gives you no reward (Pwhirl himself pointed that out). The movies are: Mistery Men, Zoolander, Resident Evil, The Mummy, Triple X, Tomb Raider and The Time Machine. Quite fun and recommended to anyone, not only to Mansion HC fans." - Treeble (05-Feb-2003)

"Well, as commonly known, I simply don't enjoy Home levels as I have just been there too many times and in this particular one I have even been before because it's a revised level, so not my kind of fun in terms of gameplay. But admittedly this is a rather flawless setting (if a little too dark in places) and at least an attempt was made to spice things up with the timed run, the zip line, the rope exercise area, the target shooting and the bike. Also the audio is quite good and definitely worth the download. Three roses can be found as secrets. The actual novelty here though is the use of seven movie DVDs and their respective cases, which you can find along the way and then return tidily to their place near the TV. I thought that was a nice touch." - Michael (03-Feb-2003)

"Pretty much the same as the original. Sure there are a few extra areas, an outdoor pooled area and a large subterranean room with 4 skeletons, but the only really interesting difference is the fact that your goal, I assume, is to find 7 DVD's and their respective cases strewn throughout the mansion, as well as 3 coloured roses. Although such an odd thing to do locating the DVD's and cases it was really rather fun when you would actually make a match and then place the DVD into its case, but I suspect for me this may have been a case of small things amusing small minds. Word on the street is though that there are actually a couple more DVD's floating around in this hour long level but to find those you'll have to get into Winston's room and look in the bottom drawer of his nightstand next to the Vaseline, box of tissues and ball-gag, just watch out though because they may be a bit sticky!" - Sash (31-Jan-2003)

"We are in Lara's House, we need to collect some DVDs, Cases, The Time Machine, Tomb Raider, XXX (I'll be very curious of it :-))), Mystery Men, The Mummy, Resident Evil and Zoolander films, and the Nitrous Oxide Feeder for the motorbike, and we are in want of the revolver with the laser sight for a target practice, and three Roses are hiding there too, but I have found only two of them, and I won't go back for the third. I have left it somewhere, so I have found the Stone and the Gold Rose. The textures are nice, there aren't enemies except the old servant, who was closed into the fridge by me to not annoy me. It's an interesting level, I can imagine it in a level complex for the first, exercise level. The added sounds, which was activated by switches, are brilliant, I like them very much." - Obig (31-Jan-2003)
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