Lemmings is a game that many people will remember. Who could forget those blue suited, green haired characters that would walk off a cliff if you so desired. Well, the Lemmings are back, this time on the PS Vita thanks to Lemmings Touch. It's still the game you'll remember from all those year ago, except now it comes with custom levels and controls which are specific to Sony's excellent handheld machine.
If you've never played Lemmings before then the premise is quite simple. All you have to do is get these green haired wonders from one end of the platform to the home on the other end. In order to do this you'll make use of the Lemmings various skills and the new features which come in Lemmings Touch.
It's fair to say that Lemmings Touch in an easy game to get to grips with. Starting off with a Tutorial you'll be shown the ropes through five different levels. The premise is very simple. You'll swipe a finger to release the Lemmings and then watch as they drop onto the platform and head towards their home. Of course in order to get them home you'll need to navigate past various obstacles that are in your way, be that walls, large drops and a whole lot more.
To mix things up, Lemmings Touch makes use of the touchscreen to add in things like trampolines, which you can swipe in various directions in order to bounce the Lemmings from one platform to another. One example of this is the 'More Bounce to the Ounce' level, which consists of a valley of jelly bowls, as the Lemmings fall into these they then bounce and by swiping your finger on the screen, you can manipulate the bowl's directions, which in turn will eventually lead to the Lemmings bouncing onto the platform you require. It's a twist on the original game, although it's nothing groundbreaking.
You can also use your finger to swipe various platforms from left to right and right to left, although, you'll need to work out a strategy in order to stop the Lemmings from falling off either end. One other change which I can't remember being in the original game is evil Lemmings. These guys are just like the normal Lemmings, although in the levels which they appear you need to try and avoid them getting into your home.
Ok so that's what new and when you mix it with the classic gameplay, which sees you tap a Lemming to build stairs, dig, parachute, climb, block, bounce and more, then you actually end up with what is a pretty addictive puzzler.
Lemmings has always been fun and challenging to play and this version is no different. The levels are well designed and span from Easy, Tricky, Taxing and Hard. Everything from Easy is locked at first, but as you earn more stars you'll begin to unlock the other, more challenging levels. It does get very tricky the longer you play, but then that's part of the fun.
If you are looking for a fun, challenging puzzler for your Vita then there is no doubt that Lemmings Touch will appeal, although with so many puzzlers on so many handheld devices it may struggle to make an impact.
Words by Joe Anderson.
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(Version Tested: PS Vita)
+ Great use of touchscreen
+ Addictive and tricky
- May not have mass appeal