Square Enix released their hit title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for free via Core Online, a brand new gaming service allowing high definition games to be played for free via internet browsers.
Released in 2010, the latest game in the Tomb Raider franchise changed the classic third person format of the series to a platformer played from an overhead angle while combating the machinations of Xolotl, an Aztec god seeking to lay waste to the world. The game is being presented in its original form but a number of features have been removed in order to accommodate the move to browsers. The core game will remain intact and will play just as it does in the non-browser version of the game.
“This is a great game for Core Online,” said David Guldbrandsen, general manager of Hapti.co, Square Enix’s new studio in Copenhagen that is responsible for the development of browser based games for the company. “The gameplay is the perfect mix of pick-up-and-play and challenging single player action.”
All games released so far also have an achievement system that rewards players in a manner similar to consoles. In order to use this feature, gamers will have to create an account on the site. There is also a level select feature enabling players to skip ahead or back to levels. Levels do not even have to be completed beforehand to use fully.
Although all games on the site can be played in their entirety and at no cost, there is one catch Square Enix has attached. Free games come with ads. In order to enjoy the games on Core Online without advertisements, players must spend a preset amount of money to remove them. Otherwise, players will have to endure the occasional advertisement when playing.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light can be played at coreonline.com. Happy tomb raiding!
Beyond requiring the installation of a special launcher program, no setup is needed to play games on the service. A good high-end computer will be a must however to ensure completely flawless play.