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Lemmings (Series) Review
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Posted: 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Exient (@Exient)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to 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.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Lemmings Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:

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