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 MS-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.
I do not own the game and I have not beaten the game.
- Overall: 5/10
- Best Version: Not sure.
- The background graphics look great for the time, and the lemming animations are really cute.
- 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 works really well.
- 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.
- The instruments used in the Amiga version are really obnoxious.
- 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.
- vgmaps.com/Atlas/PC/index.htm#Lemmings - DOS.
- vgmaps.com/Atlas/NES/index.htm#Lemmings - NES.
- vgmaps.com/Atlas/MasterSystem/index.htm#Lemmings - Sega Master System.
- youtube.com/watch?v=7SgDS-16UFA - Longplay, Amiga 1/2.
- youtube.com/watch?v=v5Rd-xGt6aU - Longplay, Amiga 2/2.
This is the MS-DOS demo version of Lemmings.