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Video GameLemmings (Series) Review
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lemmings is a series of puzzle games where you guide small (suicidal) creatures to the end of the levels. Unusually, you don't control when or how a character jumps and navigates the areas, but instead, you assign them actions that change the level to create a safe path to the end of the level. It's a unique blend of puzzle and platform game that requires critical thinking and clever strategies to win.

In the most recent game, Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure (also known simply as Lemmings), on iOS and Android, you travel from planet to planet and restore them to their former glory by recruiting the lemmings you guide to work on the planet.

You give specific locations on the level actions for lemmings to perform when they get there, such as parachute down a large drop, or destroy a block to clear the way. You can also assign individual lemming actions, such as blocking the way of other lemmings to prevent them from walking into a deadly trap or machine. With over 5000 levels to complete, it's a unique offering similar to Rabbids Coding but played in a platforming-style area such as Mario games, particularly Mario vs. Donkey kong.

The original game was released back in 1991 and has since been released on myriad platforms, but the only games you can still get today are the more recent ones.
  • Lemmings (1991) Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, PC, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, NES and many more.
  • Lemmings 2: The Tribes (1993) Commodore 64, Amiga, PC, NES, Game Boy, Atari ST and many more.
  • The Lemmings Chronicles (1994) Commodore 64, Amiga and PC.
  • 3D Lemmings (1995/6) PC, Playstation and SEGA Saturn.
  • Lemmings Revolution (2000) PC.
  • Lemmings (2006) PS Portable, PS2 and PS3.
  • Lemmings Touch (2014) PS Vita.
  • Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure (2018) iOS and Android.

There have also been several spin-off titles:
  • Oh No! More Lemmings (1991) Amiga, PC, Mac, Atari ST and Acorn Archimedes.
  • Xmas Lemmings 1991 (1991) PC and Amiga.
  • Save the Lemmings (1992) PC.
  • Xmas Lemmings 1992 (1992) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • Lemmings: The Official Companion (1993) PC.
  • Holiday Lemmings 1993 (1993) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • Holiday Lemmings 1994 (1994) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • 3D Lemmings Winterland (1995) PC.
  • Lemmings Paintball (1996) PC.
  • The Adventures of Lomax (1996) Playstation and PC.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/02/1991, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Strategy, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Exient (@Exient)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. In most of the games, a level only takes a few minutes to complete. With over 5000 levels to complete on the latest release (iOS, Android), you can easily play for several hours at a time.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling and Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple premise of giving the Lemmings different roles by clicking makes it simple than other platform puzzle games. There is still a timing pressure, although using pause does help younger players with this. You need to be able to look ahead and make decisions now that will ensure future success.

CostsCosts

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
 
Prices for items in the latest release, on iOS and Android, range from £0.89/$0.99 to £8.99/$11.99. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Lemmings Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
This report is based on the most recent game, Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure.

The lemmings automatically enter every stage after a few seconds, so you only have a limited time to prepare actions and figure out your plan before they begin moving, which they do automatically.

The levels are relatively straightforward, but in some cases, it can be hard to see specific objects as many items are of a similar colour. Additionally, some objects are quite small. as it is played on a 2D plane, you can always see the entire level.

When a lemming dies due to falling, a small patch of blood appears, and this remains there for the rest of the level and cannot be disabled.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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