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January 8, 2007
Lemmings - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Download Size
March 2007SonyTeam 17270MB
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1TBA$TBA
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Use the curser to direct the Lemmings.
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Lemmings on PS3 looks great.

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Only 3 Lemmings to look after.
Who here remembers Lemmings? If you've been a gamer for more then a decade it's quite likely that you've not only heard of it, but played the game. Indeed, since the first title was released in 1990 over 5 million copies of the original and its many sequels have been sold. It is one of the classic puzzle games, right up there with Tetris and Worms, and it's heading to Sony's PS3 download service after successful outings on the PSP and then PS2 over the last year. The idea is simple. Lemmings are cute, but very stupid. They have a follow the leader mentality, even if that means falling off a cliff or walking into a trap to their death.

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Levels are quite colourful.
While the original games were developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North - creators of a certain series known as Grand Theft Auto) and published by Psygnosis, which is now a part of Sony Europe, the PSP/PS2/PS3 versions have been developed by UK codeship Team 17. The idea is simple. You must guide the Lemmings from the Entrance to the Exit of a level, trying to ensure that as many of the green haired creatures survive as possible. You must use the unique skills of your Lemmings team to overcome the hazards ahead: The ‘Bomber’ explodes at will, the ‘Floater’ can survive high falls and the ‘Basher’ digs horizontally just when you need it. The ‘Climber’ is at hand for those tricky mountain ranges, the ‘Blocker’ creates an obstacle in the path ahead and the ‘Builder’ is there to construct walkways for his friends.

As you can imagine Lemmings will probably have a lifetime of updates and downloadable packs and content - but don't expect to be ripped off. While pricing for Europe and Australia hasn't been announced gamers in America can download this game with 40 complete levels for a massively insanely cheap price of only $US5.99 (about $AU8).

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The dynamic lighting rocks.
There are some questions which we have about this game. We're unsure if there will be multi-player at all - although the developers have confirmed a Global Online Ranking system will be incorporated. Also the PSP and PS2 version had a very cool level editor allowing you to create your own levels and then upload them. Naturally this would also lead to you being able to download levels designed by other gamers.

There's a bit of a question about what resolution Lemmings runs in. Some sites (such as IGN) have reported 1080p while Sony's official site states the game runs at 720p - either way it's a big step up from the PSP and PS2 resolution, and with the levels now dynamically lit it looks impressive. Expect this game to be a launch title release.