I was over the moon when I came across this little gem. Geoff Storey has recreated the original Lemmings puzzle game entirely in Blitz code. Lemmings are cute little critters that fall from a trapdoor in the sky, and it's your job to guide them safely to their home. However, Lemmings are not very intelligent creatures. They have no concept of danger, and so they will just wonder aimlessly. If they fall from a high ledge, fall into fire or water, or get caught in a trap, then they will die (poor little critters, sniff). If they bump into an obstacle, they will just turn around, and walk the other way. So as you can see, they need YOUR help. You must create a safe path to their home for them by assigning skills such as Builder (build a bridge), Floater (safely fall from great heights), Basher (bash through obstacles), Blocker (blocks all the other Lemmings) and various other skills.
Just like the original Lemmings, this remake is controlled with the mouse. Like I said earlier, you have to guide the Lemmings safely home by assigning them various skills. There are 8 skills altogether, and they are shown near bottom of the screen. The skills are Climber, Floater, Bomber, Blocker, Builder, Basher, Miner, and Digger, and the number of times you can use that skill is also shown. Simply click on a skill, then click on one of the Lemmings to make that Lemming perform the selected skill. You can have fun experimenting, and if you fail a level, you can retry it as many times as you like. The game automatically remembers which level you played last, so you don't have to start from the beginning each time.
The other icons shown on this line are + and - symbols (to adjust the rate at which Lemmings are released), Paws (to pause the game), a double right-arrow (to fast-forward the game when you have a safe passage), and a Nuclear Blast (to Nuke the Lemmings). Underneath this shows the number of Lemmings you must save, as well as a mini map of the level. It's fun to try and save as many Lemmings as possible, but sometimes it's also fun to just Nuke 'Em (hee hee). The title of each level is shown at the very top of the screen.
Pressing Escape brings you back to the Main Menu, where you can jump to any level you choose, continue the game, or even quit the game. As well as the 120 levels from the original Lemmings, Geoff has also given us all 100 levels from Oh No More Lemmings. That's 220 levels of Lemmingy goodness!!! Things just don't get any better than this! The levels vary greatly, and get progressively harder as you go on.
I love the main menu, with that big Lemming watching you closely! The actual game screens are very similar to the original version, but the mini-map at the bottom is being held by 2 Lemmings. I love how their arms and legs flail around as they fall, and it's cute how their hair bounces as they walk. Everything is very clear and colourful. The whole game is well animated, and is a lot of fun to play.
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS
On the menu screen, you are greeted with the sound of a cold wind blowing, together with the famous 'Let's Go'. Then the familiar Lemmings theme music kicks in, along with a few extra dings and bangs. Now Lemmings would not be Lemmings if there was no 'Yippee', and 'Oh No', so you will be glad to hear that they are included as well. There is also a very high pitched 'Eep' as the poor critters fall to their deaths (lol). All music from the original Lemmings is here, but it sounds like it has been upgraded and fully digitalized.
This Lemmings remake is very similar to the original version, but it runs very smoothly under todays Windows-based machines. The whole game has been given a slight upgrade, so it looks and sounds more polished, and still just as addictive. All levels from the original Lemmings are used, as well as all levels from Oh No More Lemmings, so this game will keep you busy for a long time to come. The levels are progressively harder as you go on, and you will be tearing your hair out in frustration at times. Music is fully digitalized, and it's fun to hear the infamous squeals of 'Let's Go', 'Yippee', 'Oh No'. There is really not much I can find wrong with this game. If you are a fan of the Lemmings, then you will love this remake.
Review by: Frodo