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Lemmings

Lemmings
GenreAction Puzzle
DeveloperDMA Design
PublisherPsygnosis
Released1991
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:9.0
Gameplay:9.0
Overall:9.0
Reviewed byndial
Lemmings is one of the best puzzle-action games ever developed and is considered as one of the most widely-ported video games of all time. Lemmings was originally developed and released for the Commodore Amiga computers and later ported to numerous other computer platforms such as, the Atari ST, PC (DOS), Apple Macintosh, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and several video-game consoles such as, the 3DO, CDi, Master System, NES etc.
 
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LemmingsINFO
The popularity of the original version (Amiga) of the game, led to immediate ports to many other platforms: Panasonic 3DO, Acorn Archimedes, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Macintosh, Atari Lynx, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amiga CD32 Amiga CDTV, MS-DOS, Nintendo NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, MGT SAM Coupe, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), Sinclair ZX Spectrum!

STORY / GAMEPLAY
The game is divided into a number of levels featuring both destructible landscape elements such as rocks and indestructible sections such as steel plates. There are also numerous obstacles including gaps, high walls, pools of water or lava spots and several traps. Each level includes one or more entrance points and one or more exit points. The goal is to guide a certain percentage of the little blue-shirted Lemmings, from the entrance to the exit, by clearing or creating a safe passage through the landscape. Each lemming will walk in one direction ignoring any other lemming in its way unless assigned to a special task (available in the bar at the bottom section of the screen) to help making a path to the desired destination. Those tasks mainly involve: Climbing, Blocking, Manufacturing, Punching, Digging, Mining and the most impressive: Blasting! Those skills are available based on the level design (not all of them are always available). Note that, the little green-haired Lemmings will die if they fall from too high, into water or lava, off the map, or get caught in a trap; they also die after being assigned to perform the blasting/bomber skill.
The control system is great and entrusted to the mouse that proves, as always, perfect for this type of games. Just for the record, note that the video game console version supports only the gamepad which makes it frustrating enough but overall, Lemmings is an excellent puzzle game that will keep you interested for many hours!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The level design on the DOS version is identical to the original (Amiga version but also to the Acorn Archimedes port) and runs in VGA (though it does not have 256 colors on-screen). On the sound part there is nothing exceptional but it's nice enough to include the original tunes and sampled sound effects. GAMEPLAY SAMPLE VIDEO On our video below you may watch 15 different versions of the game.
DOS CGA version is at 41:16.
DOS EGA version is at 45:56.
DOS VGA version is at 50:38.
 
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Comparable platforms
Apple Macintosh 68k
Acorn Archimedes
Atari ST
PC MS-DOS
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
 
Hardware information

PC (ms-dos based)

PC (ms-dos based)CPU: Various processors from Intel,AMD, Cyrix, varying from 4.77Mhz (Intel 8088) to 200Mhz (Pentium MMX) and up to 1995 (available on this site)
MEMORY: 640Kb to 32MB RAM (typical up to 1996)
GRAPHICS: VGA standard palette has 256 colors and supports: 640x480 (16 colors or monochrome), 640x350 in 16 colors (EGA compatability mode), 320x200 (16 or 256 colors). Later models (SVGA) featured 18bit color palette (262,144-color) or 24bit (16Milion colors), various graphics chips supporting hardware acceleration mainly for 3D-based graphics routines.
SOUND: 8 to 16 bit sound cards: Ad-Lib featuring Yamaha YMF262 supporting FM synthesis and (OPL3) and 12-bit digital PCM stereo, Sound Blaster and compatibles supporting Dynamic Wavetable Synthesis, 16-bit CD-quality digital audio sampling, internal memory up to 4MB audio channels varying from 8 to 64! etc. Other notable sound hardware is the release of Gravis Ultrasound with outstanding features!
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The PC (ms-dos based) (default) color palette
CGA: 16-color palette (4 on-screen)
EGA: 64-color palette (16 on-screen)
VGA: 256-color palette (256 on-screen)
 
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