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  • 3D Lemmings (PlayStation, PC CD-ROM)

    3D Lemmings (PlayStation, PC CD-ROM)


    3D Lemmings (or Lemmings 3D) is a remake of the original Lemmings which was released in 1991 for the Amiga. 3D Lemmings was released in 1995 for the PlayStation, PC and the following year for the Sega Saturn. The goal was the same as the original which is to lead as many Lemmings as possible through a level filled with obstacles.

    Gameplay is accomplished by assigning skills to individual lemmings as needed. For instance, you might need one Lemming to block others from careening off a cliff to their deaths. Or another to dig a whole to get to a lower level and closer to the exit. There are a variety of tasks that can be assigned and your goal as to keep as many lemmings as possible alive through each level. When you run out of lemmings, the game is over.

    The original 2D version of this game was a masterpiece of originality. There really wasn’t anything quite like it when a came along. The lemmings simply move steadily across the screen and you must click on them (ideally using a mouse) and assign tasks so that they end up avoiding obstacles and getting to the exit. The original Lemmings was ported to a massive number of video game and computer systems throughout the early 1990s.

    this version of Lemmings puts you in a 3D world. This makes it a far more difficult game to learn as you will find yourself constantly switching camera views to figure out what is going on and what you need to be doing. However, with some practice you’ll get used to it and it really is well implemented even if it can be difficult to learn.

    As far as I know, this version of Lemmings has never been re-released. While there are a number of other re-releases and remakes of Lemmings, most are of the 2D variety. Personally, I greatly prefer the 2D versions of Lemmings but if you are looking for a 3D version, grabbing a copy of this game for your PS1 or Saturn (or DOS capable PC) may be your best bet.

    The ad above is from 1995 and mentions the PlayStation and DOS versions of the game. The Saturn version would come the following year. Screen shots are from the DOS (PC-CD) version of the game.


  • Psygnosis Games (Amiga)


    Created by Readiris, Copyright IRIS 2005
    Source: Amiga Plus – Volume 2, Issue 5 – December January 1991 

    Psygnosis was one of the more prolific and better known developers of gaming software on the Amiga. They weren’t exclusive to the Amiga as they were well known for the Lemmings series on various platforms, Wipeout on the PlayStation and many others. However, they were one of the first to develop games that really pushed the Amiga hardware as opposed to just supporting the lowest common denominator across multiple platforms.

    This particular ad is from the December 1990 issue of Amiga Plus and features three games: Armour-Geddon, Obitus, and Nitro.

    Armour-Geddon is not one of their better games. Graphics and gameplay are good but there just isn’t enough to it despite the unique and interesting plot. You are part of a group that was apparently smart enough to build underground shelters before the nuclear war so you’ve had it relatively good, at least compared to the people outside. However, those outside survivors (or their decendants anyway) are a little upset so they are trying to build a laser canon with which to kill you. Your ultimate goal is to collect five pieces of an old neutron bomb to destroy the laser canon with. Along the way you’ll also battle in various vehicles with weapons you develop. It is played from a 3D perspective.

    Obitus is an action RPG which starts with you as a history professor whose car breaks down in a storm. You seek refuge in an old tower and wake up in another land. Those that don’t mind making their own maps may like this one as map making is definately a key to success. It played from a first person point of view similar to games like Eye of the Beholder but with 8 directions instead of just 4.

    Nitro is a virtual clone of Sega’s Hot Rod but with different tracks and graphics. It is a top down racer that can be played with up to three players. Top down racers are one of those genres that has seemingly gone away which is too bad because it was one of my favorites. Anybody know of any decent modern top down racers?

  • Formula 1 Championship Edition (PS1)

    Formula 1 Championship Edition (PS1)