Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lemmings for the Sega Game Gear

Lemmings is a puzzle game about little green haired men trying to get from one place to another. It came out in the year 1991 from DMA Design. It all started when Mike Dailly was testing animation with characters in an 8x8 pixel grid. Programmer Russell Kay loved the little guys and thought they would make a great game.The first day Lemmings was sold, 55,000 copies flew off the shelves (Which was great at that time).

FUN: The point of the game is to get the lemmings from their entrance to their exit safely. Using a point and click interface, you give them skills to help them stay alive or to reach the exit. It's funny to watch these tiny people move and use their skills, as well as the many ways they can die. I rate FUN - 1.5.

REPLAY: The only thing about replay that's good is the fact that you can try different ways to get the lemmings home. The down side is that it only works for some of the levels. I rate REPLAY - 0.5.

STORY: I know what you are thinking... does a puzzle game have a storyline? Nowadays, some puzzle games have a storyline or plot. However, in the early days, puzzle games rarely had plots. This game is one of them without a storyline. I rate STORY - 0.

DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL: Lemmings started the whole 8x8 pixel design. Also started the whole tiny creatures as the main characters in games (Like Worms and Populous). I Rate DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL - 1.

DIFFICULTY: Lemmings is a pretty basic puzzle game... the farther you get in the levels, the harder the puzzles get in the game. I rate DIFFICULTY - 2.

TOTAL - 5.

There you have it... Lemmings rated by the Nintendo Rater aka Benjamin P. Parker. Please comment and visit soon. Thanks!

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