Lemmings

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North American Amiga box art.

Lemmings, known in Japan as レミングス [Remingusu], is an action puzzle game developed by DMA Design Limited and published by Psygnosis Limited for the Amiga in 1991, and later ported to dozens of other platforms.

I got a copy of Lemmings for DOS around 1993 because it came bundled with a piece of hardware. I think it was my Sound Blaster 2, but I'm not positive. I played through all 30 Fun levels and started on the Tricky levels, but got bored with it, but I really enjoyed the custom DOS music for the game.

I'm not sure where my disk went, but I do remember the game had a verification mechanism where it required the original disk to be in the diskette drive to play, and copies of the disk wouldn't work. A pretty devious anti-piracy measure for the time, but it didn't stop people from altering the game's binaries to bypass the check.

Status

I do not own the game and I have not beaten the game.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: Not sure.

Good

  • The background graphics look amazing, and the lemming animations are great.
  • Despite most of the music being arrangements of children's songs, they're pretty good, and the original music is great.
  • The point-and-click interface is great.
  • Some later stages use the same map, but give you a limited set of lemmings to work with, which forces you to have to solve the same puzzle in a more convoluted manner, which I think is a great idea.

Bad

  • The instruments used in the Amiga version are really obnoxious.

Ugly

  • In the final levels, the game becomes less about solving a puzzle and more about having to click on the exact pixel at the exact second. This isn't fun, it's tedious.

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Download

This is the MS-DOS demo version of Lemmings.

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