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Lemmings (1991) is a series of puzzle games where you guide small (suicidal) creatures to the end of the levels. Unusually, you don't control when or how a character jumps and navigates the areas, but instead, you assign them actions that change the level to create a safe path to the end of the level. It's a unique blend of puzzle and platform game that requires critical thinking and clever strategies to win.

In the most recent game, Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure (also known simply as Lemmings), on iOS and Android, you travel from planet to planet and restore them to their former glory by recruiting the lemmings you guide to work on the planet.

You give specific locations on the level actions for lemmings to perform when they get there, such as parachute down a large drop, or destroy a block to clear the way. You can also assign individual lemming actions, such as blocking the way of other lemmings to prevent them from walking into a deadly trap or machine. With over 5000 levels to complete, it's a unique offering similar to Rabbids Coding but played in a platforming-style area such as Mario games, particularly Mario vs. Donkey kong.

The original game was released back in 1991 and has since been released on myriad platforms, but the only games you can still get today are the more recent ones.
  • Lemmings (1991) Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, PC, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, NES and many more.
  • Lemmings 2: The Tribes (1993) Commodore 64, Amiga, PC, NES, Game Boy, Atari ST and many more.
  • The Lemmings Chronicles (1994) Commodore 64, Amiga and PC.
  • 3D Lemmings (1995/6) PC, Playstation and SEGA Saturn.
  • Lemmings Revolution (2000) PC.
  • Lemmings (2006) PS Portable, PS2 and PS3.
  • Lemmings Touch (2014) PS Vita.
  • Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure (2018) iOS and Android.

There have also been several spin-off titles:
  • Oh No! More Lemmings (1991) Amiga, PC, Mac, Atari ST and Acorn Archimedes.
  • Xmas Lemmings 1991 (1991) PC and Amiga.
  • Save the Lemmings (1992) PC.
  • Xmas Lemmings 1992 (1992) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • Lemmings: The Official Companion (1993) PC.
  • Holiday Lemmings 1993 (1993) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • Holiday Lemmings 1994 (1994) PC, Mac and Amiga.
  • 3D Lemmings Winterland (1995) PC.
  • Lemmings Paintball (1996) PC.
  • The Adventures of Lomax (1996) Playstation and PC.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Lemmings 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Traversal game with Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. In most of the games, a level only takes a few minutes to complete. With over 5000 levels to complete on the latest release (iOS, Android), you can easily play for several hours at a time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling and Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The simple premise of giving the Lemmings different roles by clicking makes it simple than other platform puzzle games. There is still a timing pressure, although using pause does help younger players with this. You need to be able to look ahead and make decisions now that will ensure future success.

CostsCosts

Lemmings

Steam Store PC -
App Store Mac -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
 
Prices for items in the latest release, on iOS and Android, range from £0.89/$0.99 to £8.99/$11.99. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/02/1991, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Sequencing, Traversal (Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Exient (@Exient)


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