The original Lemmings was one of my favorite games to play back in the day on my wooden PC. It surprises me that there’s not been a modern remake of it, as I’m sure it’ll get plenty of sales on Steam, if not only for the nostalgia. Well, we don’t have a modern remake, but we do have a new Lemmings mobile game thanks to Sony allowing ‘Sad Puppy’ to create it.
You can download the Lemmings mobile game on the iOS App Store or on the Play Store for free.
The new mobile game is a lot more colorful compared to its PC counterpart, and it’s been simplified so that it’s easier to navigate on a smaller screen. However, after playing it for a couple of hours I can honestly say that the game is good and still has the same charm as the original, complete with the same iconic sound effects.
The only issue with the game is microtransactions. Instead of staying true to Lemmings and simply charging players for the game, they appear to have gotten greedy. Every move or ability you use in Lemmings will cost you one energy – when you run out of energy, you’ll either have to wait for 2 hours—which will replenish all of your energy—OR purchase more with gold, which is the games in-game currency. You can earn gold for free by completing levels, but this doesn’t reward you with enough gold to keep you playing for hours on end.
When you first start the game the energy won’t seem like a massive issue, as you only need to use a few energy bars to complete it, and so far I haven’t run into a brick wall, but I’m almost certain as you progress through the game your energy will only last one or two levels before you need to replenish it.
I honestly cannot recommend playing the game, even if you’re a die hard lemmings fan. This is because of the microtransactions and the way they’ve been implemented; it will ruin your memories of such a great game.