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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Lemmings Review – (PC or NES)

Posted by Dacquin at 6:45 AM
GamingNowadays, you don’t see many puzzle games that are incredibly tough and well thought out. When I think of hard puzzles, I seem to remember Lemmings right off the bat. It’s a very simple game, yet it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever try to beat. What’s the object of this game? Your lemmings need to get to the exit of the level, but bless their hearts, they’re just mindless lemmings walking around without a care in the world. If you do nothing, they’ll eventually walk to their deaths, so it’s time to take action!

Now, you have many different types of skills that you can give your lemmings to help them advance. For example, if there’s a gap in the chasm, you can make one of your lemmings a builder and start building a bridge to let others safely cross. Also, you don’t want Lemmings to start to cross a bridge in process, so you can create a blocker to prevent them from accidentally crossing the bridge. You have eight abilities to choose from, each necessary to reaching the goal.

Easy? Yeah right. There are four difficulty levels: Fun, Tricky, Taxing, and Mayhem. Each level consists of thirty stages. At first, you’re going to play very simple puzzles that require people to learn the basic skills and find out what each of the lemmings can do. However, after playing Fun, start crossing your fingers and saying your prayers. You’ll quickly learn that the amount of skills your lemmings can have will greatly decrease and you’ll have to start relying on your creativity (and a lot of luck) to pass later levels.

So, is it fun? That’s a mixed answer. If you love puzzles, I highly suggest this game because you’ll love it and be challenged by it. Anyone will like the game up until the third difficulty of Taxing, which isn’t a misleading title. At this point, casual gamers who hate thinking can leave the room, because you have limited lemmings skills, a time limit that WILL end you (they’re in the beginning levels too, but it’s not a burden), and complicated level designs that’ll make you have to pause the game to let you plan a strategy.

You have to try it. It's so addicting. I even posted a link at the top to an online version of Lemmings which contains all the same levels as the old version so you can try it out (however, it takes a while to load). I give it an 8.4/10 (mainly because I couldn't get past Taxing, dang it!)


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