Hey! Who remembers Lemmings, the crazy puzzle-platformer from way back in the nineties? Well, they’re back and on your mobile phone!
Created by DMA Design, and released in 1991, the original Lemmings put the lives of the cute, green-haired buggers in the hands of sadistic gamers around the world who were responsible for getting them from the start of a level right through to the end just without any of them committing suicide. Sounds fun, right? Well, it was. In fact, Lemmings was so much fun it was ported to every console under the sun and a number of sequels followed. Now, nearly 3 decades later, Mobile 1Up has resurrected the franchise with the help of Sony for the iPhone and iPod Touch with a sexy new makeover and a message about looking after the environment to boot.
Unfortunately, where it succeeds at recreating the classic Lemmings feel it fails at preventing wrinkles because believe us you’re going to need to squint to see anything. The new Lemmings is tiny, especially on a mobile phone and quickly becomes tedious. Giving the characters a 2019 makeover also feels unnecessary – there was nothing wrong with the way they looked 20 plus years ago.
The biggest flaw with Lemmings though isn’t that you’ll probably go blind from playing it, it’s that you’ll go broke from all the ridiculous add-ons the game relies on. It’s like Candy Crush Saga but worse because you find yourself needing to buy energy points halfway through a level or else it is virtually impossible to complete it. Lemmings will hit you hard… in the wallet.
That being said, if you’re new to the whole Lemmings experience then you’ll probably find some enjoyment here. Hell – as longtime fans of the franchise we enjoyed it too, despite all of its flaws. It’s just a shame that many people will be lured in by the price (free) and the nostalgia only to find that Sony has put a price on our memories and it’s just not a price we’re willing to pay.
Sometimes when what’s old is new again, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Sony has taken a classic puzzler and churned out a flashy imitation that only exists to make a few quid because nostalgia is secondary.