This is where my gaming age kicks in. DMA Design means nothing to today’s gamers who have ‘teen’ at the end of how old they are. If you begin to mention the words grand, theft and auto then they get interested, but for the rest of us who are of that required vintage, we know that this was their most successful title on the Amiga. They had others, but this had the most endearing playability and widespread access of their back catalogue.
The premise was incredibly simple; guide the hapless lemmings from start to finish by any means necessary. As the levels went on, so did the difficulty level and then the anger would ramp up, along with the frustration until eventually you were ready to explode with as much fury as the games very own weapon of mass lemming genocide.
There have been other games in the series that have tried to claw back the fun and addictiveness that the original had, but it has never really happened. In my own opinion, I think the Wii, or maybe the upcoming Playstation Move would be the only formats that could do the original justice, as the controls were always the best with a mouse in your hand, rather than making do with hotkeys that are nothing more than lukewarm.
There have been many contenders who try and replicate what Lemmings did, the most recent being Chicks on the iPod, but it just doesn’t feel the same as back then. Playing it through the trusty 600 made me a little misty eyed, but I think that’s more because we’ll never see this classic gameplay truly simulated in the same way again, and when the gameplay is as addictive as ever, it only results in a travesty. Get this on the Wii NOW. I’ll buy you a cake….
I was completely hooked on this game when I played it in the 90's but when I try to go back to it now I struggle to get into it a bit. I think it might be the knowledge that I will never quite be in 'the zone' again on it and keep perservering for hours into the night,