35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmings, a classic!
So, lemmings... everyone knows this game right? This was the first game I every played when I got my Amiga in 1992 and the hook factor is still there. Sure its got better graphics, more sounds and is generally a lot shinier but the most important thing is that it is still as addictive today as it ever was.
So - has anything changes for our little lemmings...
Published on 12 Aug 2006 by C. Owens
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward controls; gameplay elements missing.
Maybe it's just me, but I would have liked to use the analogue thumbstick to control the cursor and the D-Pad to scroll around the level. The analogue thumbstick allows for much more precise movement, which Lemmings really needs. I would also have liked to be able to select the different Lemming abilities with the cursor, as I did in the original Lemmings on the...
Published on 9 April 2007 by The Happy Space Invader
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmings, a classic!,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)So, lemmings... everyone knows this game right? This was the first game I every played when I got my Amiga in 1992 and the hook factor is still there. Sure its got better graphics, more sounds and is generally a lot shinier but the most important thing is that it is still as addictive today as it ever was.
So - has anything changes for our little lemmings? Well, yes! The graphics are alot more polished than in the old 2D days - they have a 3D rendered feel and I like it. The cute noises are still there but there are more of them - wait till you hear one cry "Why ME!" when you blow him up... brings a tear to your eye!!
All the original levels are there plus 32 new ones. Team17 are offering more to download from their website but *may* charge for this in the future. A huge bonus is the included level editor, so you can create your own levels and unleash them on your friends via your wifi connection! perfect :)
Generally I feel lemmings is a perfect PSP game - just enough for a 10 minute play when you're bored or waiting for a train or you could lose yourself for hours playing through all the levels and then making your own!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic – Improves on an all-time classic,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)I was a little wary of the release of Lemmings PSP. Fondly remembering the Amiga version 10+ years ago, I was worried the developers would change it too much in an effort to make it appeal to a new audience (Remember Lemmings 3D, anyone?). I am happy to confirm, they’ve done nothing of the sort.
All the addictiveness of the original game is there, as are all the levels and many new ones thrown in. The controls are good (only took 2 minutes to get used to the pad replacing the mouse). There is an added “zoom” feature, which allows you to see the lemmings more clearly, in this mode the screen pans with the mouse.
The graphics are vastly improved over the original with nice “cartoony” backgrounds and foregrounds, which look like modern versions of the original. Sound is excellent with different music accompanying each level theme.
Overall A+, An excellent upgrade on a game loved all over the world.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, brought bang up-to-date!,
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This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)I picked this up for a nostalgia trip more than anything, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it's every bit as charming as the original - and much prettier and more user-friendly besides!
From the outset the menus are clear and simple, and get you into the game with the minimum of fuss. Loading times are excellent, a pleasant surprise after some other, flashier titles I've played, and I was delighted to discover I could skip up to four levels in each of the original Fun, Tricky, Taxing and Mayhem (and the new 'Special') sets: this means there are never less than twenty-five levels available to play, greatly soothing the frustration factor of the original.
The levels themselves are extremely detailed and colourful, and the lemmings clear and nicely animated, if not quite so lovable as I remember them being. Sound, other than menu blips and boings, is limited to the occasional squeal of joy or dismay from your hapless heroes, but the energetic music keeps things bopping along nicely.
The best new feature of all, however, is the facility to create and save your own level sets. The editor is fairly straightforward with what looks like several hundred pre-drawn bits for you to plonk down and move around. You can place traps, drag out sections of water, place entrances and exits, and drop straight into test mode to check out what you've made. It even remembers and replays what you did last time, making it a cinch to tweak the last few inches of a difficult level. A word of warning, though: making a whole level can take a while, and it's easy to lose track of time fiddling around. Not recommended for train journeys unless yours is the last stop!
If you have access to WIFI internet, you can apparently upload your levels directly to a central server for other players to enjoy, and download their efforts too. You can also compete to see who can complete levels fastest and save the most lemmings, although I've not tried this yet. If you don't have WIFI access, there are already a few websites where players are exchanging level packs - just put 'em on your stick and off you go!
In short, Lemmings was always a great game; now it's a great game you can take with you wherever you go. The loading times and bite-sized gameplay make it an ideal game to keep in your PSP in case of unexpected bus-rides or post-office queues. It's nice to see some new levels as well as all the old favourites, and the included editor should ensure even more longevity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Game,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)This is definitely a must-have...I'd never played any of the Lemmings titles before, but after reading the reviews on here felt compelled to try it out and have been unable to put it down since.
Definitely one to get!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The little green haired critters are back.,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)Lemmings! Ah! Lemmings. Now there's a game we can all remember. Those stupid little green haired critters that you had guide through a plethora of obstacles of courses to reach the final destination and save them from walking off the edge of a cliff or drowning in a pool of boiling lava.
And now they're back, in their own game on the PSP with the original levels in tact. Needless to say, I was more than a little bit excited when I popped the UMD disc into my beloved portable to take a trip down memory lane.
Now. It took me a while to get the hang of the controls, since my wayward right thumb kept on fast-forwarding the scene by pressing the circle button at random intervals. And the screen size did nothing for my eyes as I tried (yes tried) to select the right lemming for the right job this was especially taxing when they all decide to fall through, at once and you need a blocker pronto!! However, you can zoom in and take a closer look at your childhood sweethearts and make sure that you do get the correct lemming to do the correct job.
Press pause and the game pauses...but...you can still move the cursor around freely through the level and thus take time to actually solve the problem rather than just bash at the buttons and get 20 lemmings building a bridge all at the same time. This came in more than just a little bit handy. However, press the circle button half way through the lever and you have just fast-forwarded time and your lemmings a rather annoying place to have a fast-forward button if you ask me especially if you have a thumb that has a mind of it's own.
You still have all the jobs you remember from playing way back at school, like the miners, the diggers, the climbers, the floaters, the blockers and the bombers. And there is still the hilarity of blowing up your lemmings and hearing them say 'oh no' before blowing themselves to smithereens. Great stuff!
The great thing about the UMD is that the disc actually updates your PSP for you to 2.60 which may come in handy for the few of us that are too lazy to get the system updates online. However, now that you have started playing lemmings, there is no stopping you! You will want to download levels, you will want to complete all of the tasks set before you at 4 in the morning, you will become increasing irrational whenever another person asks you if they can have a go of your beloved lemming tribe! The game is highly addictive, and highly annoying at the same time. You have been warned, you will scream obceneties at your beloved portable.
On the whole however, Lemmings is a great trip down memory lane, and a nice little addition to your ever growing stack of PSP titles. Although the controls, at the best of times become fiddly and even worse when you need a blocker then straight after you need a builder pounding on the R and L buttons suddenly leaves your index fingers a little worse for wear, but nothing a good soak in some vinegar and brown paper won't cure!
The zoom function is not that impressive either, it kind of goes from super tiny, to tiny. And you will end up looking like a bit of a plonker holding your PSP only inches from your face while you try to perfectly time the moment when your lead lemming becomes a basher, while the one behind him becomes a blocker.
And then 2 minutes later you will be grinning like a Cheshire Cat when the majority of your lemmings make it through the gate and all your button bashing, and curse words are worth it because they all still say 'thank you.' and 'yippee' as they jump through.
So, if like me you remember these little green haired stupid critters from your days in school then Lemmings on your PSP is a sure shot for a rather annoying, yet satisfying trip down memory lane.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST STRATEGY GAME EVER!,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)I had always enjoyed the old lemmings games on PC and was ecstatic to find out that they were being made for the PSP. And fortuanatly this game seriously does live up to the same standard as the classics. The basic idea of the game is simple- getting your lemmings from the start to home. But you must choose your lemmings to do certain tasks such as climbing, digging, building, mining etc. In a mind boggling array of the many challenges the cute faced green haired dudes have to face.
You can play modernised classic levels from the old pc versions or test your wits at the new levels made especially for psp. A new great feature is that you can actually make your own levels up and get your friends to test their skill. So even if you dont like strategy games, im sure most fellow gamers would find this game highly addictive.
37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick up and play,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)I've been lucky enough to play a pre-release version of this game. Team17 have done an excellent job of bringing this classic game to the PSP. Its the ideal sort of game for the PSP, you can just pick it up and play for 5 minutes or hours.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward controls; gameplay elements missing.,
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)Maybe it's just me, but I would have liked to use the analogue thumbstick to control the cursor and the D-Pad to scroll around the level. The analogue thumbstick allows for much more precise movement, which Lemmings really needs. I would also have liked to be able to select the different Lemming abilities with the cursor, as I did in the original Lemmings on the Amiga.
Instead, you have to use the D-Pad to move the cursor around, and it's really imprecise. You scroll around the map with the analogue stick, select the abilities with the shoulder buttons, select a Lemming with the X button, "fast forward" with the circle button and switch between two zoom levels with the triangle button.
Unfortunately, there's no way to reconfigure the controls, so you're stuck with the system the game developers thought best.
The game itself is just Lemmings, using what looks like the same game engine from the more recent "Worms" games. There are dozens of levels in there, althoughthe levels finish as soon as you've got enough Lemmings through the exit gate so, even if you've got one Lemming left to blow up, the screen fades out and tells you that you've finished. That is a shame, as I liked blowing up the remaining Lemmings.
So, in summary, the controls are awkward and they messed around with some of the the fundaments of the original gameplay.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the roots,
This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)They've been going for around 15 years, and now Lemmings is back, continuing it's multi-format appeal, this time on the PSP. I was initially surprised by the price tag considering it is the original Lemmings, however, this is slightly more than just a 'suped-up' release.
The core of the game IS essentially the game I played on my Amiga nearly a decade and a half ago, but with several worthwhile differences. If you've never played Lemmings before, the objective is to get your little guys from the trap door entrance to the exit, by giving them various skills and jobs to do (climber, floater, bomber, blocker, builder, basher, digger and miner). They're not overly smart, so they'll keep walking if you don't give them something to do; off a cliff maybe, or into a trap. It's the ideal game for travelling long distances - a puzzle game that doesn't involve matching coloured bricks or making lines with them for a change. Over 100 levels based across 5 themes - Earth, Egyptian, Hell, Roman and Underground.
Playability wise, it's pretty much untouched - it's as fun and as frustrating as always! Graphic wise, Team-17 have taken over and given the game a complete facelift. All of the original levels are there (including the 4 extra levels, based on old Amiga games, removed from most versions - however they do not have their unique themes or music) in the 4 different categories - Fun, Tricky, Taxing, and Mayhem. Team-17 have even snuck in a few special levels of their own design in a separate, "special" category.
One of the new features is the ability to create your own levels. It's a bit tricky to use (given the PSP control system and all), but give it patience, and you can come up with some pretty detailed designs. And if you want, share your creations using a WIFI connection.
However, I do have a couple of gripes with this game - but nothing to do with the playability, because it's always been great. One of them is that perhaps this game is a bit "overly-cute". Although the Lemmings themselves were supposed to be cute little fellas, the game itself was always quite dark. Now, seeing Lemmings sliced, diced, splat and burn even has a certain cuteness to it. And what's with the pulsating exits? It's definitely had a Worms influence. The second issue I have is that only two classic tunes have survived for this game. The rest is mostly ambience, with a few basic tunes here and there.
But all in all, it's Lemmings, and it wipes the floor with many past versions - including the lacklustre Win95 Lemmings. Loading times are great - much better than the majority of PSP releases so far. I accept this game is probably going to be a one-off, but I'd love to see a re-vamped Lemmings 2: The Tribes on the PSP - that would seriously rock. If nothing else, I just hope this is the first in a series of games that takes PSP back to the roots of gaming.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmings,
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This review is from: Lemmings (PSP) (Video Game)Love this as a quick game and reminded me of the original, it has better graphics and has a zoom function
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