Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PS4

Well, this is it: your consolation prize. Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t coming to the PlayStation 4 anytime soon – though we can be quietly confident that it’ll hit Sony's system after the Xbox One release – so you’re going to have to make do with Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for the time being. The sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, this verbose adventure is an isometric co-op affair, featuring a heady mix of head-scratching puzzles and twin-stick gunplay. The question is: does it live up to the titular star’s name?

IGN - 8.1/10

The real treasure in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris wasn't Lara’s story, bipedal alligator warriors, or a bounty of gems, but solving complex and varied environmental puzzles with friends. Playing alone, discovering the different flavors of each new temple and figuring out the solution to a brain-busting puzzle all by myself is satisfying; replaying with others doubled that satisfaction because developer Crystal Dynamics renews the challenge with creative new twists on previously conquered obstacles that require teamwork to overcome.

God Is a Geek - 8/10

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a solid evolution of the formula established in the original, and does a fantastic job of encapsulating the old Tomb Raider atmosphere and presenting it in a smaller (yet no less involving) world. The platforming may occasionally annoy, and it isn’t the longest game around (even for its price bracket) but it’s an absolute blast to play either alone or with friends. - 3.5/5

The fact that Temple of Osiris features the classic, confident, adult version of Lara Croft rather than the newfangled, young, vulnerable version should tell you exactly what this game is aiming for: simple escapism, a video game for gaming's sake. It's not the next chapter in the Tomb Raider saga, and it doesn't push any boundaries in narrative or game design. Instead, it's a fast-paced action puzzler, energetic and accessible; and while it does stumble in a few places, it manages to deliver the sort of lowbrow entertainment it promises – just the way a series borne of classic pulp serials should. Different enough to stand apart from core Tomb Raider titles, and inexpensive enough that its throwaway nature won't offend, Temple of Osiris sets its sights for a modest target and hits it with aplomb. There's something to be said for that.

Are you ready to wield Lara Croft’s famous pistols again, or has the Rise of the Tomb Raider fiasco burnt you on this famous franchise? Try not to slip in the comments section below.