The game is notable for featuring online co-op. Gameplay-wise, Guardian of Light is a third person 3D rendered isometric platformer/action title with puzzle elements. It is the only game in the series not to have Tomb Raider in the title. It also doesn't seem to have any place in either of the series' continuity (although it does use some of the music from the three Crystal Dynamics games), meaning players can interpret it how they wish.
Would receive a sequel: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, in 2014.
This video-game provides examples of:
- Alternate Continuity; Doesn't perfectly fit into any of the series' previous continuities. It best fits with the Legend trilogy, but there are discrepancies.
- Crossover: There's a downloadable content pack which lets you play as Kane & Lynch instead of Lara and Totec, and another bringing in Kain and Raziel.
- Downloadable Content: The game is a downloadable title on Xbox 360 and PS3, available only through the Xbox Live and PSN services. It never had a physical release.
- Gaiden Game: Is a side story in the Crystal Dynamics' first continuity, to the point it doesn't even feature "Tomb Raider" in the title.
- Mayincatec: The setting is an Aztec temple housing the Mirror of Smoke.
- Something Completely Different: Is an isometric co-op action platformer. Tomb Raider games previously had all been 3rd-person action-adventure shooters.