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Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®

Eric Schudiske on January 11, 2012, 10:41 am

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Geocaching.com is excited to be teaming up with the action-packed experience of Tomb RaiderCrystal Dynamics™, a Square Enix™ studio produces the video game series. The worldwide phenomenon launched in the mid-1990′s and has since been portrayed in Hollywood blockbusters.

Geocaching.com is a natural fit to join forces with the video game featuring world explorer Lara Croft™. A new campaign of treasure-hunting adventure will preview the upcoming release of Tomb Raider.

Through a variety of initiatives this year, Crystal Dynamics and Geocaching.com will create a series of unique location-based adventures. The experiences embody the spirit of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft’s drive to discover new adventures and locations.

“Many of us have been playing Tomb Raider since the first game launched in 1996, and we are excited that Geocaching.com is partnering with Crystal Dynamics on this project” said Jeremy Irish, CEO of Groundspeak, the company the runs Geocaching.com. “Tomb Raider is all about exploration and discovery. It inspires the adventurer in all of us, much like geocaching does, and we are excited about the opportunities that this project presents for both geocachers and Tomb Raider fans worldwide.”

To develop these adventures, Crystal Dynamics will be tapping into both the traditional Geocaching.com treasure hunting format and Geocaching.com’s latest photo-based adventure project Geocaching Challenges.  More details about future activities are not being released just yet. Subscribe to this blog for the latest updates in the coming months.

You can explore Geocaching Challenges for free on the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7.

You can also read more on the Official Tomb Raider Blog.

 

  • Admin

    WHY?

  • http://www.facebook.com/juangarcia66 Juan Antonio Garcia Diaz

    me gusta

  • Timberland

    Yeah, we need way more of such stupid things!

  • Frankie & Johnny

    Another attempt to slide the mainly ignored challenges into the the overall geocaching find counts ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514065226 Joseph ‘Mojo’ Narvaez

    Why not?  It matches with the themes within the game, especially Crystal Dynamics’s reboot, and promotes Geocaching among a group of people that enjoy competition.  It sounds like something fun and enjoyable; and it’s not like they can force anyone to do it.  

  • Mrs_crz

    What’s Tomb Raider? Sorry, It is true I don’t know. I haven’t played many video game since I was a kid. I remember my brother had an Atari System back in the 80′s but I actually had more important things to do like gardening, hiking, kayaking ,horsebackriding, motorcycling, ect. We had a big back yard. Video games were/are boring.

  • Nobody

    Who was the “brain” this nonsense came from? Hey, groundspeak – go back to your roots and remind what geocaching is all about!

  • Michael Rose

    Yeah! Like those silly Project APE caches promoting some silly Planet of the Apes movie or something. Who cares if those caches are now legendary? Go back to your roots, Groundspeak! The idea of caches promoting a video game!

    On second thought…

  • CoolWrangler

    É capaz de ser engraçado, se forem bem concebidas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514065226 Joseph ‘Mojo’ Narvaez

    Crystal Dynamics is doing a reboot of the series (kind of like the Dark Knight reboot with Christen Bale) that is slated to come out later this year.  The game centers around exploration and 3d puzzle solving while engaging in Indian Jones style gunfights.

    Further Details:  Tomb Raider is a media franchise consisting of video games, comic books, novels, theme park rides and movies, centering around the adventures of the fictionalBritish archaeologist Lara Croft. Since the release of the original Tomb Raider in 1996, the series developed into a lucrative franchise of related media, and Lara went on to become a major icon of the virtual gaming industry. (source: wikipedia).

    Also, plenty of us gamers also do the outdoor stuff ;)  

  • happy deac0n

    exactly.. don’t be so snooty Mrs_crz..  video gaming stimulates the brain and indulges the senses in a similar, but different way as outdoor recreation..  although given the choice, i would chose outdoors rather then indoors..  so that part I would agree with (coming from one who loves to ski, hike, mtn bike, surf, sail, volleyball, golf, dirt biking yada yada)

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Thanks for asking. Mojo answered that well. Geocaching is a great opportunity for people who enjoy the spirit of exploration, technology and honing their critical thinking skills to experience the outdoors (and using more bug spray) like never before. We’re excited to reach out to like minded folks and introduce more people to the adventure we love so much. And geocachers will get the chance to participate (or not participate) in cool new themed adventures. Win. Win. 

  • Mrs_crz

    No, really what is Tomb Raider? You didn’t answer that question…… You just gave me some smart remark calling me snooty with no answer. Do you know how frustrating that is? Please tell me exactly what Tomb Raider is. Please describe  it to me? What do you do What do you see? Are you looking for something? I explained why I don’t know what it is.

  • Mrs_crz

    Mojo thank you.  Your answer helps a little. Although I don’t quite get where gun fighting fits with geocaching. I just cant see toting my gun along with me for geocaching, LOL. The exploring and the puzzle solving part I understand. Who can tell me how this all works in together?
      I see someone else said something about the Ape Cache’s. Now I will understand if that is what they mean having a few caches at the sights of filming or with memorabilia.

  • Jaden

    hey could someone please respond back will this game be available for PC ? i really hope it does!

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  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Tomb Raider is a video game series that launched in the mid-1990′s. It’s often compared to Indiana Jones. There’s a female main character. Lara Croft, who was played by Angelina Jolie in the Hollywood adaptation. It’s a game of discovery, like geocaching. More information is available online.

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  • http://twitter.com/locuslingua Jeremy Irish

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_Raider
    Found by searching for Tomb Raider on Google.

  • Networkcacher

    Because Groundspeak is a company with 60+ employees, they have to make money to stay in business.  The hamsters don’t eat free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514065226 Joseph ‘Mojo’ Narvaez

    Mrs_crz; more links about the game are below and I didn’t mean that TR is an exact copy of Geocaching but there are a lot of similarities in the ideas even if there’s action game play mixed in.  

    I don’t know what they have planned but I honestly don’t see how promoting something we love to do to new people is a bad thing.  Our lives are short; we only get on the average 1/5 of the time we are alive to live doing what we want, so the only way we have an impact is thru shared experiences with others and that’s what I think Geocaching can do; bring people from different walks of life together to create a shared experience that’s better for each of us that joins in.

  • Spatial Distortion

    Awesome I can’t wait. How can I become part of the fun?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cris-Bento/565775591 Cris Bento

    As a huge Tomb raider/lara croft fan, I think this is great!! :D

  • Benjo5

    If there would be a need to cooperate on some “Tomb Raider” cache in Europe, I would love to help with maintaing one in Czech Republic. ;-) Benjo5

  • NoThank

    How is Mrs_crz being snooty happy deac0n?  The only snootyness that I see is coming from you.

  • Anonymous

    If there’s no special icon, I ain’t interested ;-)   Now watch, all of the TR caches will be hidden in Washington.

  • Bette

    I’m confused. Just today I stumbled across the Dinosaur Train series of caches, which is apparently connected with a cartoon show. And now this. Yet I have heard of caches being taken down because they are commercial:

    Rule 2: Commercial caches are disallowed. As
    a general rule, reviewers will not publish cache pages that seem
    commercial. A commercial cache has one or more of the following
    characteristics:
    It requires the finder to go inside a business, interact with employees and/or purchase a product or service. It has overtones of advertising, marketing or promotion. It contains links to businesses, commercial advertisers, charities, political agendas or social agendas.It contains the logo of a business or organization, including non-profit organizations.The name of a business or commercial product is on the cache page.On very rare occasions, Groundspeak makes an exception for a
    commercial cache. Arrangements are made before placement. If your cache
    is commercial in any way, please contact Groundspeak for clarification
    about how to comply with cache listing guidelines.
    I assume Groundspeak is receiving some compensation for this “product placement,” and I don’t begrudge them the income, but the rule should be consistently applied — or perhaps deleted.

  • Team Triggerfinger

    I’d be interested in having a Lara Kroft travel bug to release!
    Odds are that none of the themed caches will be near me anyway.   Advertise it the way Geico did!

  • http://twitter.com/Chilihead68 Chilihead68

    I hoped, that there would be a new cache type like the Ape. But challenges? Sorry …

  • CHUCKZO

    HOPE THEY PUT OUT A FREE GEO-COIN

  • Anonymous

    What an awesome, forward thinking idea! Also a great way to get some of the younger generations involved in what is one of the best outdoor experiences ever! Crystal Dynamics is very innovative and creative as a company, and profit is not their bottom line. I’m so excited to see what they come up with for all of us to enjoy!!

  • Madmervyn

    We cannot do “commercial” caches but Groundspeak can?
    Another way to push “challenges” instead of giving us the virtuals we have been clamoring for over the years?
    I guess he who owns the rule book makes the rules.

  • Astro

    Lara Croft TombRaider 3.   GC33PEN

  • http://www.facebook.com/toni.a.westgarth Toni A Westgarth

    As long as there are actual geocaches involved, it’s game on for me.  Sorry,, having to log in to a whole different app for these challenges, tried it, did it and won’t do it again.
     

  • Brandymoody

    This is awesome!! I am one of those people that have played every Tomb Raider game and I love to go on my own adventures rather it be geocaching or otherwise but I am certaintly waiting in the edge of my chair to hear about more

  • Frog197873

    Its almost sounds like a good thing.  i dont like the challenge thing.  iv tryed some did not like thim but i love a good old cache.  thats what you all should stick to. do not mind the promoting thing.  if thay can make $ for geocaching go for it thay have bills to pay to.  but there is something about finding a cache picking it up and looking to see what grate swag you can traid for lol.  there is no fun in just taking a pic

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  • Carbon

    any more news on this project?

  • Gaijin

    WTF? Did this actually develop into something? I don’t remember hearing about this at all.


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