Lemmings

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U/J
  • Sega Mega Drive
    PAL
  • Master System
  • Game Gear

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Lemmings
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sunsoft (Japan, US)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega (Europe)
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Sega
Developer:
Original system(s): Amiga
Publisher(s) of original games: Psygnosis
Developer(s) of original games: DMA Design, Psygnosis
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sunsoft sound driver
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action[1][2], Puzzle[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
1-2,
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,8007,800 T-15063
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[10] T-15026
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1704
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[12] 1704
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM8037JT
Sega Master System
EU
7108
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[13] 7108
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
025200
Sega Master System
KR
GB2032JG
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,5003,500 G-3317
Sega Game Gear
US
2431
Sega Game Gear
EU
2431
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[14] 2431
Sega Game Gear
BR
075210
Non-Sega versions

Lemmings (レミングス) is a very successful strategy game developed by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis for the Amiga in 1991. It stands as being one of the most ported games in history, seeing a release on dozens of platforms including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System.

Gameplay

Gameplay screenshot from the Mega Drive version.

The player's task is to guide a number of Lemmings to a goal within the time limit, trying to make sure they do not kill themselves from hazards or long falls during transit. Lemmings can be set to do certain functions such as digging or blocking, though the player only has a limited number of these skills in supply, which varies per level. Lemmings fall out from a trapdoor at a set rate, which the player can adjust to make the trapdoor release Lemmings at faster or slower rates (up to 99), but will be unable to lower the rate past the minimum assigned to the current level.

If the player successfully rescues a set percentage of Lemmings, which varies by level, they will be able to move on to the next level, otherwise they must retry the level. If the player finds themselves in an unwinnable situation, needs to get rid of remaining Blockers or simply wants to restart the level, they can select the Nuke'em button on the HUD, which will stop any more Lemmings from entering the level and make all remaining Lemmings explode, ending the level.

Typically, there is a total of 120 levels to complete, each of them categorised into four difficulty ratings with 30 levels each: "Fun", "Tricky", "Taxing" and "Mayhem". The Mega Drive version adds two extra difficulty ratings with their own sets of levels, "Present" and "SUNSOFT", bringing the total number to 180, the most levels in any version of Lemmings.

There is also a two-player mode with 20 levels. In this mode, each player is presented with their own view of the map in vertical split-screen (or each player's individual screen in the Game Gear version), and the objective is to be the first player to safely guide Lemmings to their own goal. Each player can only give skills to the Lemmings of their respective colour (blue for P1, green for P2), but getting a Lemming into the opposite goal counts as a point for the goal's owner (e.g. if one of player 2's Lemmings enters player 1's goal, it counts as a point for player 1), so a player can exploit this to steal points from the other. A player wins when they rescue more Lemmings than the other player, or the other player loses all of their Lemmings. The Master System version does not include the two-player mode.

Skills

Lemmings that have not been given a skill will be referred to as Walkers.

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Climber
Allows a Lemming to climb most walls he runs into. This skill is permanent for the rest of the level, even if the Lemming is given another skill. When stacked with the Floater skill, the Lemming becomes an "Athlete".
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Floater
Allows a Lemming to use an umbrella to survive falls that would normally kill a Lemming. This skill is permanent for the rest of the level, even if the Lemming is given another skill. When stacked with the Climber skill, the Lemming becomes an "Athlete".
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Bomber
Makes a Lemming explode after 5 seconds, killing him and destroying part of the terrain around him in the process. The explosion will not hurt other Lemmings.
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Blocker
Makes a Lemming stop moving and block other Lemmings from passing him. A Blocker cannot use any other skill (other than Bomber) unless another Lemming digs under him, becoming a Walker again.
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Builder
Makes a Lemming build an upward bridge in front of him. He will lay down up to 12 bricks, after which he will shrug at the player before going back to being a Walker unless the player commands him to continue building. A Builder will stop prematurely if the bridge hits a solid object or he bumps his head on a ceiling.
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Basher
Makes a Lemming dig horizontally through any suitable terrain that's directly in front of him, and will continue to do so until there is no more suitable terrain to dig through or he is given another task.
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Miner
Makes a Lemming dig in a diagonally downward direction through any suitable terrain with a pickaxe, and will continue to do so until there is no more suitable terrain to dig through or he is given another task.
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Digger
Makes a Lemming dig straight down through any suitable terrain beneath him, and will continue to do so until there is no more suitable terrain to dig through or he is given another task.

Versions

The Sega versions are slightly stripped back from the Amiga original, particularly on the Master System, where music and level layouts are slightly adjusted. The Master System version also lacks a map, and cuts back on the amount of Lemmings on-screen (the compensation being an adjusted difficulty level, i.e. fewer Lemmings need to be saved).

All three versions add new levels specific to each platform. The Mega Drive version replaces some of the later levels with those seen in Oh No! More Lemmings, redesigned with the original game's graphics and different names, and has a special stage featuring the characters from Sunsoft's Hebereke series.

Neither version supports any form of mouse (or trackball) control.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Game Programmer: Mikio.I
  • Graphics Designers: Hiroshi Ito, Dai Ozawa, Yukio Obayashi, Hiroyuki Karashima, Shigeyuki Asa, Tom.S
  • Music Composer: Takayama
  • Sound Programmer: Tsukamoto
  • Technical Adviser: Teq.S.Inaba
  • Prints Editors: Mihoko.O, Master Mori
  • Sales Manager: Masato Kawai
  • Supervisor: Hirokun
  • Total Director: A.T
  • Special Thanks: Kawabe San, NAOPi, Mrs.ANDO, Ikko., Hac.F, Masaru Aoyanagi, Satoru Takabayashi, Michio Okasaka, Yoshihisa Shigekiyo, Thuyoshi Matumoto, Hideyo Kawaguchi, Kimoto, Hiroshi Shiraishi, Joe.Robbins, Rita Zimmerer, Karen Shadley, Steve Gehrke, Kazuko Harman
  • Producer: K.Yoshida
  • Licensed By: Psygnosis
Source:
In-game credits

Master System version

  • Code: Dominic Wood
  • Art: Mark Knowles
  • Producer: Neil Young
Source:
In-game credits


Game Gear version

  • Code: Dominic Wood
  • Art: Mark Knowles
  • Producer: Neil Young
Source:
In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Lemmings/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Lemmings/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №10, p35
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
70
[18]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
77
[19]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[20]
Consoles + (FR)
95
[21]
Digitiser (UK) PAL
80
[22]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
73
[23]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
70
[24]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 7 (RU)
40
[25]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
93
[26]
Excalibur (CZ)
75
[27]
Game Mania (UK) NTSC
92
[28]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
73
[10]
GamesMaster (UK) NTSC-U
80
[29]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[30]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
92
[31]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
85
[32]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
88
[33]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
92
[34]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
92
[35]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
68
[36]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
90
[37]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
92
[38]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[39]
Marukatsu Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
73
[40]
Player One (FR)
87
[41]
Play Time (DE)
88
[42]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
85
[43]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[45]
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-U
92
[46]
Sega Force (UK)
81
[47]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[48]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
88
[49]
Video Games (DE)
85
[50]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
34 reviews

Lemmings

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Lemmings MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
Lemmings MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Lemmings MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Lemmings MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Lemmings MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) PAL
94
[51]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
92
[52]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
92
[53]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
96
[54]
Game Mania (UK) PAL
95
[55]
Gamers (DE)
73
[56]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
80
[57]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
83
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
95
[58]
Player One (FR) PAL
80
[59]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
89
[60]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
89
[61]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
89
[62]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
90
[63]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
93
[64]
Video Games (DE)
80
[65]
Sega Master System
88
Based on
16 reviews

Lemmings

Master System, EU
Lemmings SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Lemmings SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
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Cover
Master System, AU

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Cart
Master System, AU (AFP8 sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (AFP8 sticker #2)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (AFP11 sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Classics)
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Cover
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Lemmings SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (newer)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, KR
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Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[66]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
94
[67]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
94
[68]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[69]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
92
[70]
Game Mania (UK)
92
[71]
Gamers (DE)
73
[56]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
80
[57]
Joypad (FR)
91
[72]
Joystick (FR)
91
[73]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
75
[39]
Player One (FR)
91
[74]
Play Time (DE)
96
[75]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[76]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[61]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[77]
Sega Force (SE)
83
[78]
Sega Force (UK)
94
[14]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
71
[79]
Supergame (BR)
73
[17]
User (GR) PAL
87
[80]
Video Games (DE)
72
[81]
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
22 reviews

Lemmings

Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Lemmings GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, US (alt)

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Cart
Game Gear, EU
Lemmings GG EU Box Back.jpgLemmings GG EU BoxSpine.jpgLemmings GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Lemmings GG EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 68c70362
MD5 03af74df7f90f5bd7286ef3b48f0a6ae
SHA-1 61d468378c06a3d1044a8e11255294b46d0c094d
1MB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/JP) v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f015c2ad
MD5 b87773c8f0e20490bc601c02ce85da60
SHA-1 83aebf600069cf053282e813d3ab4910f586706e
1MB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/JP) v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6a1a4579
MD5 0b00509e9857cb97243e9f2741e90de1
SHA-1 f4b86031e348edb4dcffaf969998f368955828ce
1MB 1992-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 f369b2d8
MD5 b190f17a46ba9cc66676e7174209c24e
SHA-1 f3a853cce1249a0848bfc0344f3ee2db6efa4c01
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 0fde7baa
MD5 49d07d8b68d59535d9b51ae5efdbbdac
SHA-1 5a79b6fa15b7085fc7062945f0e6d469d49871e1
256kB Cartridge

References

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