a game by Psygnosis, DMA Design, and Probe Entertainment Ltd.
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Puzzles & Words, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis SNESSNES Sega Master SystemSega Master System NESNES GameBoy GameGear
Editor Rating: 7.6/10, based on 13 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Lemmings Games
  • Manufacturer: Psygnosis
  • Version: Amiga, Atari St, IBM PC, Macintosh

Lemmings is the first independent project by Dave Jones' DMA Design group (Menace, Blood Money) since going solo - Psygnosis still serves as publisher and distributor. It's certainly an auspicious beginning for the team; Lemmings is definitely top banana in the strategy/puzzle category.

Lemmings, the real creatures, are little rodents that control their population by committing mass suicide. In Lemmings the computer game, every lemming is a valued member of the animal kingdom and must be protected at all costs. To do so, the player can transform individuals into builders, diggers, smashers, climbers or floaters. The object is to create bridges over potential death traps or excavate through obstacles so that a required percentage of lemmings can escape the vicinity.

Lemmings oozes playability. The game consists of 120 levels divided into four stages of difficulty. The first stage of 30 levels is just for fun and consists of easy puzzles to get the newcomer acclimated. Other stages are "tricky", "taxing" and "mayhem". The first level of any of the four stages is user- selectable. A password after each level is completed lets the player avoid going through it again.

Lemmings can be played either by one gamer or in a two-player competitive mode, which splits the screen down the middle. Each lemming team is identified by color. Unfortunately, the second player must provide his or her own mouse. A joystick routine would have been more acceptable.

The graphics and sound truly complement Lemmings' addictive game play. The lemmings march single file across the screen, straight into any danger in their path. By turning the wonderfully animated rodents into excavators, bridge builders or other helpers, the route can be tailored to save some of the pack.

The lemmings are very small, but they are well-drawn, using a fair amount of detail for such tiny creatures. Other graphic touches, like the dancing flames atop sensors flanking the exits to each level, make the game visually appealing.

Squeaky rodent voices accompany certain activities. For example, when a builder is removed to let other lemmings pass, it cries out, "Oh no!". There are 21 charming soundtracks interspersed and a toggle to turn off the music when a player has had enough.

Lemmings is a charmer. These furry cuties are the most powerful English fun force to invade the U.S. since the Beatles. The on-screen creatures can best be described as lovable and amusing. They join with attractive graphic routines, clever puzzles and smooth action to provide a superlative play experience.

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Sunsoft
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Available: Spring 1992
  • No. of Levels: 180

Those brainless rodents are at it again! Lemmings for the Genesis puts you in control of these rodents to find their way home! You have the ability to give the Lemmings eight gifts ranging from climbing, digging and bombing. However, the Lemmings will mindlessly walk into various Lemming traps and even walk off cliffs! With 180 levels at your disposal, Lemmings will keep you busy for quite a while!

People say:


Keeping in mind that this is nothing more than a puzzle game, Lemmings is able to succeed. The version for the Genesis platform is really no worse or better in terms of game play, but the sound effects and especially the music don't compare. The basics of the play mechanics, however, are intact and executed perfectly.


I loved the S-NES version and like the Genesis version even more. More levels, means more fun! On the Genesis this is the number one puzzle game in my book. Then throw in the two player version and this cart really starts looking good. Now, how long do I have to wait until Oh No, More Lemmings?


While Lemmings is not the type of game I would normally choose to play, it does get addictive after a while. Sunsoft has included tons of levels to keep you going for days. The two-player mode is a lot of fun, too. Too bad the graphics and sound are not up to standard, though. I'm glad there is not much slow down.


It's funny how no game seems to be striking me as an exceptional title to look forward to this month. Even the cute little Lemmings don't have that same appeal anymore. I like the graphics and game play, however. I wish the music had more variety and the sound effects were clearer. I love the Lemming traps... heh, heh!

  • Manufacturer: Atari
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: 1994
  • Theme: Puzzle

They're back! You guessed it. Lemmings are back and it is headed your way if you own a Lynx!

You must help these hapless, moronic little creatures escape certain death. You can do this by making them perform odd jobs. Assign the Lemmings to do a number of things like dig, climb and even explode! This is a classic game of mind power which also requires a ton of patience!

The graphics are surprisingly and clean a hand-held game. This is the perfect game for those long, long trips.

Help the Lemmings avoid extinction! Play Lemmings for the Atari Lynx.

These little critters do not have a clue! What they lack in brains, they make up for in numbers, though! The game Lemmings for the Genesis should hit the stores this Spring, and you should keep an eye out for it. The object of the game seems simple enough.

You must lead the lemmings to the exit and to safety. This is not as easy as it sounds. Each level offers unique and exciting challenges. The excitement grows as each level becomes more difficult.

To make this cart even more amusing, you can teach the lemmings a variety of skills that will help them to survive. Choose from icons that allow the lemmings to dig, climb, build stairs, block and even explode!

With 180 levels of hilarious game play, the game Lemmings is sure to be a hit. Be careful, Lemmings is addictive!

Take a bunch of mindless rodents, give them a bunch of tools for survival and what do you get? Lemmings! This cute game involves little rodents with green hair that can't survive without your help. You must protect the lemmings by leading them away from the danger and by using the icons at the bottom of the screen to have the lemmings perform different functions such as digging, building, climbing, and others. Having trouble? Just nuke them all!

Lead the lemmings through 125 levels of pure Insanity! Don't let them fall through the floor or drown in the water! You need a specific percentage of lemmings to make it to their home or you won't be able to continue to the next level. Their survival depends on you!

SunSoft brings the action of the mega popular computer game to the Super NES. You must lead a band of loyal lemmings through a land of danger and keep them from killing themselves.

"Forward, March!" is the only command you might expect an adorable green-haired troop of Lemmings to obey. These ramblin' rodents, who star in Sunsoft's Lemmings for the Genesis, march aimlessly and habitually forward without any regard for the impending doom that awaits them.

ProTip: Because solving a level often involves quick action at the outset, pause the game and survey the path to freedom. While pausing, you can also place your cross hairs on the Lemming you want to transform.

You must save these fuzzy fellers from themselves by forging a safe escape route for them. To cope with the synapse-splitting obstacles on each level, you assign special skills to individual lemmings, transforming them from Walkers (their natural state) into Climbers, Miners, Bashers, Floaters, Bombers, Blockers and so one. There are 180 mindboggling levels, each with its own catchy tune. Luckily, you receive passwords.

Lemmings is most fun as a two-player, split-screen match, where you try to save your Lemmings and impede your opponent's at the same time.

As in the SNES version of this game, there's a point-and-click interface. The Genesis version, however, lacks the option of warping around the map. The shading of the background illustrations is excellent, although there isn't much detail on the Lemmings themselves.

Nonetheless, Lemmings is a highly addicting game that calls for both wits and quick reactions. Try Lemmings and become the leader of the pack.

It's another case of Lemming see, Lemming do. Sunsoft's SNES-to-NES Lemmings translation continues our addicting love/hate relationship with the cute, cuddly, suicidal little fellas.

As is their wont, the green- haired munchkins, known as Lemmings, tramp merrily along a side-view path, oblivious to impending doom. A dip in a lava pool, a drop off a cliff, or a slice against a sawmill could crash their mindless party. You're fun-filled, but often aggravating, task is to prevent Lemming gumbo.

While they're en route to their goal, your super powers influence the Lemmings' actions. For example, Blockers control crowds, Diggers burrow, and Builders construct bridges. Nuke's a quick genocide solution when you paint your critters into a comer! Power supplies are limited, so plan ahead. A point-and click system painlessly interfaces you with the command bar.

Lemmings looks clean and visible, considering the tiny characters. The catchy theme songs do the game justice. This version's only major loss is the competitive two-player mode, a shame. Otherwise, game play follows the SNES game to a hair. You even get an identical total of 30 levels, with four skill settings and passwords.

Lemmings does a great job of keeping you busy and should find a permanent home in your NES!

ProTip: You can't dig against directional arrows. Use Climb and Float skills to maneuver a Lemming past such a wall, and then Bash the wall from the other side.

You've heard about Lemmings... they're those strange little creatures who'll run right off cliffs, one after the other, in a suicide game of follow-the-leader. Well, step right up and join S.A.L.C. (Save A Lemming Campaign). SunSoft's about to give you the opportunity to volunteer your services to lead the Lemmings out of disaster and into the promised land. Here's a preview of Lemmings, due out in early 1992. This game (Of PC/Amiga fame) has over 100 different screens and four different difficulty levels. In each screen your task is to figure out how to safely get as many Lemmings as possible from Point A to Point B. Since the Lemmings are fond of blindly marching to their doom you're granted special powers that enable you to extricate them from the brink of disaster. For example, you can transform a Lemming into a Blocker who'll keep his buddies from walking into bubbling lava, or you can create a digging Lemming who carves out a tunnel for his friends. Saving the Lemmings doesn't seem so tough at first but as the obstacles mount you'll find you're ready to follow any Lemming off the nearest cliff!

You control the fate of Lemmings, cute little creatures who will willingly fall off cliffs or jump into spinning blades - unless you are able to stop them, that is.

Your task is to rescue the Lemmings across 120 levels of fast-paced puzzling. These creatures simply walk blindly through the world in the hope of reaching safety at the end of the level - unfortunately these levels include steep drops, gaps in the ground, barriers and rivers amongst other hazards.

You are in control not of any individual Lemming, but of a cross-hair, which can be moved over any of the Lemmings. Along the bottom are a selection of functions which can be assigned to a Lemming, including climbing, floating and bashing. You must click to select the appropriate function, then click on the Lemming to activate it. Each level has a different range of skills on offer, a different amount of Lemmings, and a different percentage target in order to progress.

Lemmings features:

  • 6 difficulty levels with 30 levels each, 2 difficulties exclusive
  • 8 different abilities to give your Lemmings
  • Multiple ways to do some of the levels, some of the levels are repeated with different amounts of certain abilities
  • A 2 player mode where you must get your Lemmings to your exit, and your opponent's if you can manage it

Lemmings in this game are mindless creatures that just carry on walking until told otherwise, even if it means they fall to their deaths or meet a grizzly end! Your challenge is to guide the Lemmings to a marked exit by building bridges, climbing walls, mining through rock, even blowing Lemmings up and more besides. One of the those simple but very addicting games.

The game is viewed from a side-on perspective. You need to move your cursor over the ability you want to give your Lemmings, select it and then move the cursor over the Lemming you want to have that ability and click on them. Some materials such as metal can't be dug or bashed through and some have arrows pointing in a certain direction meaning you can only bash through it in one way, often the opposite way to the way you want to go.

Published by Psygnosis Limited and developed by DMA Design Limited, the game was released in 1991.

The player's task is to rescue the Lemmings across 120 levels of fast-paced puzzling. These creatures merely stroll blindly throughout the world hoping to reach safety at the end of a level. But all these levels have different obstacles, such as steep drops, gaps in the ground, barriers and rivers amongst other hazards.

The player controls not of any individual Lemming, but of a cross-hair that can be moved over any of the Lemmings. There is a selection of functions along the bottom, which can be assigned to a Lemming. They include climbing, floating and bashing. The player must click to choose the appropriate function, and then click on the Lemming to activate it. Each level offers a different range of skills, amount of Lemmings, and percentage target in order to progress.

Videogame characters may be small and two-dimensional, but the best of them still manage to take on a personality all their own. For instance, take the characters in Lemmings, a new action-puzzle game from Psygnosis. They're little more than dots on the screen, but after a few minutes of play you'll probably be cursing them as if they were real.

Lemmings reveals a very different side of Psygnosis, a British company that has specialized in tough arcade-action games with striking graphics and sound. Lemmings can only be described as cute — cute and addictive, that is. Your goal is to herd a tribe of mindless rodents from one end of a scrolling screen to the other. There may be all sorts of obstacles along the way, but these creatures are too stupid to avoid them, so it's up to you to clear a path.

The basic law of lemming behavior is quite simple: They keep marching in one direction until they bump into something, and then they turn around and start marching the other way until they bump into something else. To prevent them from blindly stumbling into such hazards as bottomless pits or lakes of fire, you can grant special powers to some of the lemmings. You can make them block the path of their fellow lemmings, climb over barriers, parachute from cliffs, build staircases, or dig tunnels in horizontal, vertical, or diagonal directions. You can even turn a lemming into a walking time bomb that explodes after five seconds!

But there's a catch — actually, a few catches. Not all of these abilities are available on every puzzle screen, and usually you have only a limited number of powers to hand out. Also, your goal changes somewhat on each screen. Sometimes you have to save all of the lemmings, while other times you can sacrifice up to 90 percent of them and still achieve your goal.

Several factors make Lemmings a "just one more time" classic. There are four skill levels, ranging from "Fun" (which is easy enough for young children) to "Mayhem" (which should satisfy the most nimble arcader). Often there's more than one way to save the lemmings, so after you bust your brains figuring out an elaborate solution, your friend may embarrass you by discovering a relatively simple alternative. Even when you come up with a good solution, however, you still need sharp reflexes to execute your plan. Just one slip and all of your lemmings go sliding into oblivion.

When you've mastered the solo game, you can try a unique two-player version with split screens. The main drawback is that it requires two mouse controllers.

Lemmings has a number of little touches that add polish. You can pause the action, toggle the music and sound effects on and off, and resume a previous game by entering a password. Unlike most Psygnosis games, Lemmings will take advantage of any expanded memory in your Amiga to minimize disk access, and it will also recognize a second disk drive if you have one — two welcome developments. With four challenging levels of 30 screens each, Lemmings should keep you playing for quite some time.

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