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Classic PC title Lemmings is marching onto mobile

Image via PlayStation Blog
Image via PlayStation Blog
Lemmings, the classic PC puzzler, has launched on iOS and Android. The smartphone port retains many of the gameplay elements of the original, but controls and level design have been optimized for mobile gaming. The levels themselves will be procedurally generated, but there will (sadly) be a variety of in-app purchases.

Start your nuke timers: Lemmings has just exploded on the mobile gaming scene. Terrible puns aside, the classic PC title Lemmings is now available on iOS and Android, bringing a major graphical overhaul and some gameplay tweaks along with it.

For those that don’t know, Lemmings is a unique kind of puzzle game where you lead cute little critters (the titular Lemmings) to either their salvation or their demise. The mobile port sends the Lemmings clan to outer space where they aim to find a new home. In the typical Lemmings ethos, the prospective worlds are rife with dangers aplenty, such as buzz-saws, lava, and steep cliffs. It’s up to the player to assign certain tasks (stair building, digging, blocking, etc.) to specific Lemmings in an effort to get a set number of the critters to the goal.

The mobile has a decidedly more cartoony look than the original, and gameplay has been changed and “optimized” for touch controls. Levels are procedurally generated with “thousands of levels in the game” and more to come. Since it’s a mobile title, there will, of course, be the usual smattering of mobile gaming tropes, including micro-transactions and in-app purchases. One of the main features being touted are “tribes,” which are character sets with new looks and unique abilities. While tribes are likely going to be unlockables, there will probably be a way to speed the process along by lightening one’s wallet.

Lemmings is available on Android and iOS. The title is free-to-play with in-app purchases.


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Sam Medley, 2018-12-20 (Update: 2018-12-20)