Lemmings PSP Review
Please save the Lemmings
By Don Lee
Lemmings for the PlayStation Portable is that latest incarnation of one of the most popular video games. Lemmings are these small, cute little creatures but have no direction. Your mission in Lemmings is to help guide them through some wacky levels. That sounds easy enough, right? Not quite.
You need to assign those abilities at learn how to control your Lemmings so you can keep them out of harms way. Time is precious and you know the assignment, it is time for you to save the Lemmings!
Please come and help save the Lemmings!
Lemmings has been ported to a variety of platforms since its debut in 1991. The latest incarnation on the PlayStation Portable offers 150 puzzles along with 20 new puzzles. There is also a level editor available so you can create your own levels and share them with your friends or other gamers online. Lets take a closer look at Lemmings.
I enjoy games that you can get started quickly. No introductory level, no initial tasks to complete or mission introductions before you can get started. With Lemmings, you just select start and choose the types of levels you want to play (Special and Original). With Special, there are 36 levels that become more difficult as you progress through them. Original is broken down into four types of difficulty (Fun, Tricky, Taxing and Mayhem). You can choose to play from one of the first five levels and you can unlock a new one once you complete a level.
The Fun levels are the easiest to pass and you should play a few of these levels first to get used to the controls. If you just cant wait and want to challenge yourself, just play some of the Mayhem levels. Even the first level in Mayhem is incredibly difficult so be prepared.
Your Lemmings will just walk aimlessly around the screen until the time runs out or they manage to eliminate themselves by walking off a ledge. To get your Lemmings through the level safely, you must assign abilities to them. Some of the abilities that you can assign to your Lemmings include climber, floater, bomber, blocker, builder, basher, digger and miner.
To assign an ability, just use the PSPs directional pad to point the crosshair at a Lemming. Then use your left and right buttons to cycle through the available abilities for that level. Once you have settled on the ability, just press the X button on your PSP to assign the ability. Once assigned, the Lemming will immediately perform the action at the nearest available point. Be ready to assign a new ability once the previous action has been completed or your Lemmings may find its way to their demise. You need to think ahead and figure where you want your Lemmings to go. Read the hint given at the beginning of every level. It provides a subtle hint at what needs to be done to safely transport your Lemmings.
The controls are a little tricky at first because you have to learn how to control the Lemmings using the directional pad as well as assign abilities using the top left and right buttons. If the Lemmings appear small, you can zoom in to the action. You can also move to view different parts of the level so you can plot out your strategy.
The Final Word
I really enjoyed Lemmings a lot because the games design is very well done. The levels are colorful and imaginative. Each level is uniquely designed to present a different combination of user assigned abilities to go along with the level. The various levels of difficulty makes it fun for anyone to pick up the game quickly.
The level editor was surprisingly intuitive considering that youre doing your work on a handheld device. The manual comes with detailed instructions for building your own levels. If you are one of those folks who enjoy tweaking their games, you should get a kick out of playing with the level editor. If you want to expand the game even more, check out the Lemmings online at http://www.savethelemmings.com for additional levels. You can either share your levels or download more for prolong the entertainment value of the game.
Whether you start out on the fun levels or play the chaotic Mayhem levels, Lemmings is a great overall game for anyone. Lemmings for the PlayStation Portable earns 4.5 stars out of 5. Highly recommended.
You can click HERE to purchase Lemmings for the Sony PlayStation Portable.
Developed by Team 17, Lemmings delivers the ultimate puzzle and strategy platformer, perfect for quick on-the-go gaming on the PSP. Considered to be one of the most widely ported video game of all time, Lemmings will feature more than 150 levels, including new puzzles exclusively for the PSP. In addition, the game will host a new remix of music, custom level creation, and wireless capability for players to share newly created levels. You can learn more about Lemmings from the games official website located at http://www.us.playstation.com/Content/OGS/UCUS-98674/Site/