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Lara's Home by TR Freak

alan 3 3 4 4
Boris 7 7 7 9
CC 2 1 6 5
Ceamonks890 1 3 2 4
eTux 1 2 4 4
Gerty 1 1 2 5
Jay 2 2 5 5
John 1 2 1 3
Jose 1 3 1 5
Kristina 5 5 8 8
Leandro 5 5 7 8
MichaelP 3 2 6 6
Mulf 0 1 1 2
Orbit Dream 1 1 2 3
RaiderGirl 2 2 5 6
Ryan 2 2 3 4
Sash 1 1 2 5
Scott 6 5 7 7
Scottie 2 2 5 5
Sys 2 3 3 6
Treeble 2 6 6 6
Wolf7 0 6 5 7
Yoav 4 2 5 5
 
release date: 29-Aug-2001
# of downloads: 104

average rating: 3.70
review count: 23
 
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file size: 13.30 MB
file type: TR4
class: Home
 


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"A 90% percent copy of the tr3 mansion level, only this time the best bits have been removed, theres no timed run to the aquarium in fact you cant even get into the aquarium, and theres no quadbike course or maze behind the locked gate ouside either, i think i noticed a couple of different textures in different places and new room with no purpose but apart from that its exactly the same with almost zero to do unless you fancy doing the gym workout and assault course again but the original has all that and more so im sorry i just cant see a point to playing this cut down version" - John (14-Aug-2021)
"‘Feel free to look around’…as a matter of fact, that is the only thing you can do here. It’s is a ‘revised’ version of what was supposed to be another one of those rather too faithful replicas of the TR3 mansion, with some new furniture from VCI, a few minor texture changes (most obviously in the basement), and some pictures turned upside down (but Core weren’t too concerned about that themselves, were they). The earlier version apparently had buggy pushblocks and some other stuff that’s missing in this one, including five secrets. The builder responded to criticisms in the most radical manner, namely by cutting a few good chunks out of the map (half of the attic and most of the quadbike course are missing) and removing all traces of gameplay—all the crates in the attic are now made from Level Editor blocks—, with the sole exception of the timed run to the trophy room; so you can practice your sprint jump or swan dive roll here, but that’s it.
Some rooms at the top layer of the exterior are missing, exacerbating the disappearing-horizon issue, and one portal (to the room above the pool) is missing as well and sports extraneous stretched textures. There are many windows on the outside, but few on the inside. There are keyholes, but no keys. Some switches aren’t there (book switch), some don’t work (gun cupboard; although it has a trigger for the door), those that do trigger a wrong animation, and those that don’t open doors have no visible effect (but you need the switch in the pool room for access to the trophy room switch, which by the way isn’t actually timed. Instead builder drew an antitrigger zone for the trophy room door all across the floor of the main hall). Jeeves is there, in the version that keeps shoving Lara around once it gets going. The aquarium is entirely empty and cannot be accessed. There’s a zipline, but it doesn’t work. Tables (but not the bed) have been given LE collision, so they are standable, but for the kitchen table this creates too large a collision box. Ambience has been turned down, but object tint remained untouched. Nothing except Lara makes a sound, and the Catacombs background loops throughout.
There is a finish trigger. The walkthrough no longer applies. The builder’s rationale cannot be reconstructed from the readme. Let’s hope he’s not a surgeon. He’d gut you at the slightest provocation." - Mulf (04-Apr-2021)
"What a surprisingly early and decent remake of Lara's home! It sure is an old level but still manages to *decently* get the main detail of the manor TR3 was packaged with.
The amazement pretty much ends here as this level is gameplay less, do not get me wrong, it is technically impressive, but part of the gameplay that made the manor so fun (the timed runs of course) are totally gone and due to some understandable for the time limitation the level misses two key points of the original manor.
Play this if you are interested into seeing an old level recreating decently Lara's manor, it is non-essential. Wolfy Regards." - Wolf7 (30-Oct-2020)
"This is nowhere as good as the original house! Lara's huge aquarium is empty, there's no quadbike, and the racetrack is only halfway built!" - alan (06-Sep-2020)
"If you want to visit once more Lara's mansion you can try this level, but you must know that's absolutely nothing to do here except to "admire" the decoration and see how Winston follows Lara. The timed run is very tight, and again only to visit a room with nothing to do. The best: the texturization and objects to ornate the rooms but a level not worth to play." - Jose (18-Dec-2017)
"This version of the mansion has a rather unfinished feel. The attic is empty, as is the aquarium and the hedge maze/racetrack are nonexistent. You can choose to run around the mansion or finish relatively quickly." - Ryan (26-Dec-2016)
"Basically, this is the original mansion level with almost all the actual gameplay removed. You can explore if you wish, possibly have a dive into the pool and/ or shut Winston in the freezer, or you could just run downstairs, open the front door, open the gate and put the whole thing behind you." - Jay (17-Aug-2016)
"Basically nothing more than another re-release of the all-too familiar classic Croft Manor level we all know and love, with the only real notable addition being another bedroom that presumably is where Winston sleeps. And that's it. So overall, simply just another copy/paste job that can be easily skipped over altogether, with the player feeling no less the wiser by the end of it all." - Ceamonks890 (29-Nov-2014)
"For several months I had been under the impression that I had played every Mansion level out there.Imagine my surprise therefore that,upon glancing over Ceamonks recently posted review of this level,I discovered that it had managed to fall under my personal radar.Not that the reason is difficult to fathom,as there are so very many built upon this particular theme.At least this one wasn't 'created' from a ripped prj (you know,the one that crashes when you attempt to enter the basement);but the builder had not only neglected to add much to the original (save a large guest bedroom and inaccessible shower),they had also removed what few playable opportunities already existed (nothing to do in the attic;a somewhat incomplete assault course;and no hedge maze nor racetrack).You'll be through in fifteen undemanding,although not unpleasant,minutes." - Orbit Dream (29-Nov-2014)
"This is Laras house from TR3. And there is nothing more to say. Two rooms were lightly changed. Outdoors a roof does not look so nice. I have ignored the maze outside. And I have locked up the butler, because he went on my wicks. After 11 minutes I have searched the width. And also found" - Scottie (14-May-2009)
I was actually searching for some completely other level in the listing and found this one - that's how easy it is to distract me from whatever I'm about to do! I remembered a semi-original house level I had played long ago, before I started reviewing, and had found the level on the author's homepage, but couldn't for the life of me figure out what the author's name was, so it seems the only way to find this level that's been haunting me if to play all of them, I haven't reviewed yet. 'Oh, no!' - from one point of view, as all house levels more or less are simply more of the same, if not exactly the same... or even less of the same sometimes *shudder*, but if the author has made any changes it's sort of like visiting a friends house and seeing that he's moved the furniture differently every time in his room, which is kind of a nice feeling. Same for the 'Lara's Home' levels. It's kind of interesting to see what changes have been made from the original, like the second bedroom next to the music room and library here (physically that room isn't possible though, as it would overlap the music room and stick out of the house, even), but otherwise there's really not much else happening here. As a replica it works, but don't expect much innovations from it, if you do try, expect even some thing like the zipline, the monkey-swing in the assault course not to work, and have some inane stretched textures in one place. Can't say what makes it worthwhile playing, but if you want to play everything out there, this is one step closer to your goal. eTux (22-Jul-2005)
"A house level and the only thing I liked was the second huge bedroom. Although any guest staying over had to use binoculars to watch TV. Jeeves was a pest but what is new? 04-06-2004" - Gerty (06-Jun-2004)
"So what's new in this level? Nothing - the same Lara's Home level that we already played in other much better versions." - Yoav (02-May-2004)
"Just the usual mansion with the usual doors and setting. Of course the house looks great but I have seen it so many times I think I will hate it soon. I think it's from TR3 with Lara welcoming the player and pick up things by kneeling down. The textures naturally are well placed and maybe this is a replica but I can't be sure as I played the original long time ago. Take a look at it only if you like house levels." - Kristina (14-Sep-2003)
"This is a very nice tastefully added to mansion level. But it has major problem not least is Lara herself with two heads. Actions are not right at switches and the switch in her bedroom didn't work at all. I could find absolutely nothing. And I couldn't find a way inside the tank in the basement or find the key to the racetrack but when I dozied over there was no bike and the track itself was very short. Some bad texturing in places and sounds were off like the ridiculous sound Jeeves made. I locked him in the attic to shut him up. Sash mentions moveable blocks in the attic I found none. Lara is very much TR2 and the background sky is nice rolling fields I liked that. The inventory gives you Lara's passport and diamond saves like TR2." - CC (04-Sep-2003)
"This is a remake level from the TR2&TR3's 'Lara's Home': 'almost' like the original but with missing parts and some 'strange effects'... The low ratings are because I gave them from the 'Fan Level's view' and if it wasn't a remake they would be even lower (except perhaps the last view). To tell the truth I was really curious for seeing a home level so I chose this one from the year 2001 to download. I thought that it won't be a big deal anyway after reading so much negative reviews about the home levels. I think they are good when you're in a nostalgic mood...and to wake up: check the future levels instead of the remakes of the old classic things. If we don't count the originality as this would be a remake it could've been even better if all parts of the original were correctly playable in it at least. Anyway I didn't see the first version but this second still has 'strange effects'. I call 'strange effects' when Winston disappears in the wall or gets stuck in a 'hole' or Lara's bad push button animations for instance but I can mention the still unworkable zip-line and monkey swing (in the 'Assault Course') and an unworkable button also. And without the missing parts like the 'RaceTrack' and the timed 'Assault Course' for instance...the level is enough boring as it doesn't contain any real challenges and puzzles. The extra rooms aren't exciting also. No enemies no pickups except for a box of flares and Lara can use her Pistols for shooting Winston who is perhaps a 'Highlander' as he simply couldn't die...In the second version the ZIP-file doesn't contain the 'No_Sound.wav' file - the Level Convertor refers to it and displays error messages - so I have to listen the default cryptic ambience in Lara's 'Humble Abode'. That's enough about the atmosphere... The level is well texturized and I also liked the new furniture in it and the different objects in the Inventory...so I can say that it's well designed and a faithful copy of the original (the sky is from the TR2's "Lara's Home" anyway) TR3's "Lara's Home". This is perhaps the only positive thing in it I think... So if you are in a nostalgic mood and/or you are very curious for seeing a home level then feel free to download this one. I had the same reasons when I downloaded this and it was okay as I saw a home level at least...but I think I won't play any of them for a while..." - Sys (26-Apr-2003)
"I don't know how to start with this one. We've been so many times in pure remakes of Lara's House and this one doesn't get out of the ordinary. A TR3 House remake. Well done I can say but very 'incomplete' if it was supposed to be a real copy. The zipline doesn't work so why to include it there? Also the Lara object is from TR3 which makes all the animations look wrong into this level and pushing the blocks cause strange bugs. I don't know how to say this but there are lots of other remakes around so it's up to you to choose one." - Treeble (08-Jan-2003)
"Okay here's another perfectly replicated mansion level and again it doesn't stray far from the original training level. The reasons for the low scores I gave it are that the movable blocks in the attic and cellar were buggy and when you would pull them they moved too far and then you couldn't move them again and even twice entire blocks jumped to different spots when I wasn't looking also in the aquarium where you usually find the key in the water there was no way to enter the hole in the ceiling but I couldn't see the key in the water anyway and I never did find it so I couldn't open the gate to the track and finally when I back-flip onto the hedge around the track and pull up on it Lara bursts into flames which makes me think there may not be any track or maze behind it although I could be wrong. So in short there's no interesting game play no enemies no pick ups but a couple of flares faulty movable blocks and no real atmosphere. About the revised version:"I don't know if this revised version is actually better or worse than this creator's original because although some things are added such as Winston and a new upstairs room and en suite there are also quite a few things missing like the outdoor shooting range the puzzle where you turn off the fire to climb to the attic through the chimney and the timed run from the attic to the cellar door. There still is no key to the track but this is an area that isn't meant to be accessible anyway as I DOZYed over the hedge fence and found that if Lara touches the ground inside she bursts into flames. So no disrespect to the creator but with practically all the actual game play aspects of this level removed only the short timed run to the trophy room remains this is one of the least interesting mansion levels I have ever played." - Sash (21-Jun-2002)
"I keep repeating myself in those reviews about mansion levels. So let me just say: this is yet again a 'more of the same'-level." - Michael (21-Jun-2002)
"Another visit to the Lara residence however this time without hostile enemies and with furnishings very carefully crafted in the details. Compliments for the high graphical detail of the level." - Boris (21-Jun-2002)
"As a remake almost perfect! As a fan level... nothing so special! This is the best Lara's Home level created by a fan indeed but the level is exactly the same as from TR3. So talking about originality this level is really poor. I think if the author created some new areas to explore this level could be much better. If you haven't TR3 may be worth a download. If you have TR3... may be worth a download too! But don't expect anything really good... or new!" - Leandro (21-Jun-2002)
"A very good reconstruction but I find it lacking in a couple of the nuances. I love the look of a zip line but it didn't work. Loved the shooting range but missed Jeeves. Hey I'm sure the author used all they had to work with. Would've been nice to have a working zip line though." - Scott (21-Jun-2002)
"The creator has made an almost perfect replica of Lara's mansion but as most of us have already spent so much time there it holds no new excitement. There's a new room upstairs with nothing to do in it otherwise everything else is just the same. I'm sure he spent a lot of time getting every detail down it just needs some different things to do." - RaiderGirl (21-Jun-2002)