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Genre: Quiz/Puzzle/Strategy :: Players: 1 :: Released: 10/12/06

Lemmings Return Review

Developer: Glu


Game Features


Plenty of levels


Graphics a little small

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Review Details
Handset Nokia N70

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 10/12/06

The little green men are back with more suicidal tendencies.

As a gamer and reviewer, you do hope that world is educated in the art of the Lemming. These suicidal rodents give a great foundation for a game where you have to guide the lemmings to safety and away from trouble. So eager was I to teach our readers that I did a quick search on Wikipedia to find out why these poor creatures plunge to their death and work it into some witty intro to please our readers' demanding needs. We've all been duped, lemmings are not suicidal and you can blame Disney for it. Back in the early days, they won an Oscar for their nature documentary White Wilderness which showed a group of lemmings leaping of cliffs in a suicide drive. Needless to say they were 'pushed'but the legend of their suicidal tendencies lives on. Time to email Attenborough and get him to set the record straight.

Anyway, enough of the nature lesson, let us return to the game. There is only so much you can do with a lemming and Lemmings Return is more of the same. But when the original was so good then there isn't much too complain about. Our main gripe with the original mobile game was the dodgy sound. To be fair this was in a bygone time when mobile games generally had very poor sound (all of 12-18 months ago). There are no excuses now for poor sound and the guys at Glu have done themselves proud and have managed to reproduce the soundtrack from the original Atari ST/Amiga days. If you are lucky, a mobile game will have some background music during the game but it is usually on a loop. Not so with Lemming Returns, different levels have different tunes and they are all bassed up to the max. A definite contender for Best Sound in our upcoming Mobile Game Faqs Awards.

The graphics and general gameplay are pretty similar to last year's outing. As before, the sprites are a little small but there is a lot to cover on the screen so I guess sacrifices had to be made somewhere; although I do hope any future sequels can address this problem with a similar improvement that we saw in the sound.

The game has 30 levels in total and are split into Easy, Medium and Hard. You can start at either the 1st, 11th or 21st level but everything else is locked until you complete the previous level. The difficulty should read Easy, Hard and Bloody Hard but Lemmings is all about patience and trial and error so at the end of the day you should be able to figure out the trick.

Sometimes sequels can come across as a quick buck for the developers involved but it is clear to see that some serious development time has gone into beefing up this sequel. If you're a fan of the original then this should be for you.