Parisian Back Streets is the first level of Tomb Raider - Angel of Darkness

About this level[edit | edit source]

Lara is chased by the police in all of Paris after presumably having killed Werner von Croy.  In this level, there were two different routes intended to be taken: the normal route and the alternative route.

If Lara Croft was to wake up the dog, a guard would be alerted. Lara must then hide, failing to do so she would get arrested by the guard, ending the level. I believe that the guard will open a door, allowing to go to the alternative route. Many times this level is edited. At one point, the Parisian Back Streets, Derelict Apartment, Industrial Rooftops and Carviers Apartment were all in the same level as part of the streaming engine. But this was scrapped due to hardware limitation. I believe the developers didn't have enough time to fix most of the issues left in the level. 

Picture by picture[edit | edit source]

There is a normal route and an alternative route.

Normal route[edit | edit source]

01.01 - Sign

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This could be a sign referencing two developers of the game: Martin Iveson and Sue Mallett.

The sign here translates as “Martin Meallet, manufacturer of pewter counters, established etc.” Maison princip translates as main/principal house, but there is actually a typo here, since ‘princip’ does not exist in French, whilst ‘principe’ does. There will be many typos like this to look out for throughout the course of the game; obviously, the Core team’s French was a little rusty…(from the KTEB; The Secrets from AoD)

01.02 - Europe2

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The Europe2 poster. In the Russion version of the game it was changed to "Chocolade Shock", credit by Jorge Croft on Tomb Raider Forums.

As for those Europe2 posters plastered in the alley, it’s a French network of FM radio stations dedicated to Rock and Pop music, relaunched in 2008 as Virgin Radio.They’re everywhere as well, which makes us think that students plastered them everywhere, much to the city council’s annoyance (From the KTEB Secrets of AoD)

01.03 - Barrel

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On the oil drum or barrel is text that could read either Rocki or Rocci or Rocel.

01.04 - Boxes

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There are two boxes:

  1. Box with marking: Roddard Le Gumes, this translated as Roddard the vegetables. Who's Roddard?
  2. Box with marking: Bière with a crown on it.

01.05 - News paper

On the newspaper is a picture of Franz KafkaThe picture on the newspaper should be flipped. Which lead us to the Czech republic where the second part of the game will be taken, somehow a spoiler alert.

01.06 - STRE paint

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A box of STRE paint. Don't know what "stre" is it could be an anagram of "rest".

01.07 - Iron wrought door

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An unknown iron wrought door. Most likely inspired on the iron wrought balconies in Paris.

Alternative route[edit | edit source]

01.08 - Iron wrought door

This door is locked, I need a key” says Lara, looking at the door (and having no key). The door is an iron wrought door, but it is not. The developers of Core Design used the design of iron wrought balconies in Paris. 

Wikimedia commons has listed a whole page of designs of iron wrought balconies. When look up another and surfing on Google maps on Rue de Richilieu, I saw this (picture 2), but that’s not it. I think it is picture 3. 

Rue de Richelieu is a long street of Paris, starting in the south of the 1st arrondissement, ending in the 2nd arrondissement. For the first half of the nineteenth century, before Baron Hausmann redefined Paris with grand boulevards, it was one of the most fashionable streets of Paris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_de_Richelieu).

01.09 - Hicho 100

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After gathering the key near the crow on the balcony, you have to unlock the door and crawl under a fence. In the garbage, there are some Japanese stuff. Maybe you can read it or not all I can see is “Hicho 100” or “Ichigo”. Japanese manga stuff, I think.  

01.10 - Reine des Clubs

When Lara crawls near the policemen she sees a dance club Reine des Clubs. It has some text on it which include "Barmaid" and "Cafe...." and some pictures which says: "Live show"..

Overlooking this park is also a shuttered club called Reine des Clubs, which translates as ‘Queen of Clubs’. Whilst the French word for club is actually trèfle, there are a number of clubs in France (well, a few in Metz and Montpellier, anyway) that actually have the name of the club in French, combined with the English word for ‘club’. In this sense, Core has really done their research—either that, or they just wanted to slip in a delicious pun. There’s even the image of a crown on the sign. (From the KTEB Secrets of AoD)

01.11 - Dancing school

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The dance school of M. Roxby. That name "Rox" or "Roxby" is familiar. It also appears in the Madame Carvier level in one of the markings of a can. According to wikipedia Roxby is a village in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England.

01.12 - Place de Delphine

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You see a sign: place de Delphine this links to novel “Delphine”, the first novel of Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein. In the Carvier level everything is Napoleon-themed. You must bear in mind that the levels Parisian Backstreets, Derelict apartment, Industrial rooftops and Margot Carviers Apartment was one level. You can see that in the level images inside the .gmx files. So.. it is not a surprise to see here the word Delphine.

01.13 - Police Car

Core Design did their job very well in making the game realistic. The police car in the second picture is a Citroën. The logo of the Parisian police can be seen (it differs from the logo I posted here). It has a coat of arms on it of Paris (third picture).

01.14 - Bench

The bench can be found in the secret area next to the garbage bin (were Lara supposed to be hide from the police, you know in the beta version). I found the picture with google, it is somewhere in Paris.

01.15 - Head

The head above the window is from a relief. It reminds me of the art nouveau imagery in the Prague levels.

01.16 - Library

Notice the head on one of the books on the left window, called RAY. Read more at the Tomb Raider 6 Easter Eggs. The second image is a more detailed one and can be found inside the levelset of CS_6_21B.

01.17 - Bastide

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According to Secrets guide: Bastide translates as "cottage", which is perhaps meant to be an ironic joke given the shop’s current condition

01.18 - Rue Alphonse

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The street sign says Rue Alphonse. There is no such street in Paris. It could be named after Alphonse Mucha, a connection to Prague??

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Some trivia.

Odds[edit | edit source]

There are some odds in the game.

01.19 - Hanging lamp in the air

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01.20 - Hovering light

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There is a strange hovering light near the hidden route. This once a section of the game where the drug dealer once stood.

01.21 - Litter on the street

On the streets there is a patrolling guard near the library. On the floor is some litter. Although it is small some things can be seen: a paper with TNT? And an art poster of some kind of movie.

01.22 - Hotel de Eloise

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The same hotel can be found in Parisian Ghetto level.

01.23 - Hidden construction work

There is some invisible collision. With it Lara can use stealth to get behind the patrolling police. Here are some picture to give a clue where it is at.

Unused pictures[edit | edit source]

The level is divided into three zones. Each zone has some unused pictures.

01.24 - Zone 0 pictures (where Lara begins / rooftops / till she uses the key in the fence in the secret training area)

  1. Has multiple images in it.
    1. First of all "Informatique" can be found in the Parisian Ghetto.
    2. "Tres Femme" can be found in the Parisian Ghetto
    3. "Beliel Lainé"; According to  Secrets guide: you will see a sign upon the skyline which reads Betiel Lainé. There is another typo here—take away the accented ‘e’, and the sign refers to Betiel, a manufacturer of wool.
    4. The graffiti with a man on it and pyramids.
  2. Picture of a thingy to call the owner of the house.
  3. It is based on a real French sign. It reads: “J'aime mon quartier” or “I love my neighbourhood” and “Je Ramasse” or “I pick up” according to google translate.
  4. The Rue Pantoufles is not used in the game.It translate it as “Street slippers”. Thanx to Aurimas from Tomb Raider Forums.
  5. Stuff from the next level: Derelict apartment block.
  6. Place de Liberte; Which translates as “Place of the freedom” according to google translate. Also first seen by Aurimas.
  7. Unknown thingy.

01.25 - Zone 1 (Secret training area with police car)

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Rue Elliott street sign. It refers to Jonell Elliott, the voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 4, Chronicles and AOD. Some of the street signs can be found in the Parisian Ghetto.

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness
Levels: Parisian Backstreets - Derelict Apartment Block - Industrial Rooftops - Margot Carvier's Apartment - Parisian Ghetto part 1 - The Serpent Rouge - Rennes' Pawnshop - Parisian Ghetto part 2 - Café Metro - Parisian Ghetto part 3 - The Willowtree Herbalist - St. Aicard's Church - St. Aicard's Graveyard - Bouchard's hideout - Louvre Storm Drains - Louvre Galleries - Archaeological Dig - Tomb of the Ancients - The Hall of Seasons - The Breath of Hades - Neptune's Hall - Sanctuary of the Flame - Wrath of the Beast - Galleries under Siege - Von Croy's Apartment - The Monstrum Crime Scene - The Strahov Fortress - Bio-Research Facility - The Sanitorium - Maximum Containment Area - Aquatic Research Area - The Vault of Trophies - Boaz Returns - The Lost Domain - Eckhardt's Lab
Documentation: Murti Schofield Original Notes
Other: Czech voices and translation - French voices and translation - List of removed things - List of levels and cutscenes - The developers team - The Obscura paintings - Tomb Raider 6 Easter Eggs
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