"Lemmings is a puzzle-platformer video game originally developed by DMA Design in Dundee, Scotland and published by Psygnosis for the Amiga in 1991 and later ported for numerous other platforms. The game was programmed by Russell Kay, Mike Dailly and David Jones, and was inspired by a simple animation that Dailly created while experimenting with Deluxe Paint. " - Wikipedia
With this words i say hello to you guys today to leave a friendly reminder that im a freaking gaming nerd who enjoys way to much retro games...and that the Lemmings series got its 30th anniversary TODAY because the official release date (so wiki says) from the very first Lemmings game was the 14 February 1991.
As you know already, if you watch me and saw my stuff, i really enjoy Lemmings - not only cause it was a great game "series" in the 90s but also that the universe and the characters pretty much just need more love. I remember somewhere anyway that, i guess, the original creator(?) said that the universe of the Lemmings and its characters are "way to unexplored and offer so much more" (again, at least something like) - in other words, if the copyright holders of them "now" would use Lemmings more wisely they could create basicly a lot with them since they have a lot great potential tbh.
With that said, i wanna try and tell a small story about the Lemmings (not a fanfiction or something, dont worry) and their universe "so far" and what i feel and did (/do) with them. As sample, most of us fellow video game nerds might remember that Lemmings is kinda a full series with some sequals and "side versions" like "OH NO! MORE LEMMINGS!", "Lemmings 2 the tribes", "All New World of Lemmings" and "Lemmings 3D"...but did you know (if you didnt read the wiki) that there were VERY different Lemmings games which played totally different from the usual Lemmings-formula like a very good looking 2D Platformer where you save Lemmings and Help them as ONE of them - called "Adventures of Lomax in Lemmingland" (or mostly known just as "Lomax")?
Yes, it was actually a real thing and sadly pretty much forgoten for the people which did know about it. Lomax is actually a pretty nice to look at- platformer and also a pretty good one and fun one to play - even up to this day. The only thing i would say is that it actually is pretty short AND can be kinda hard in some later levels. But than there are also other, more odd and "random" side games like "Lemmings Paintball" in which you control either 1 Lemming or a small squad of them.
This was kinda an "oddball". I would explain the game myself as mixture of Cannon Fodder and Lemmings. It was not really "that bad" of a game...just an oddball. I cant tell TO MUCH about it since, well, i didnt own it (i still played it a bit somewhere somehow if i remember) back in the day but it still looks just wierd to me.
Anyways! Lets not go on the wrong tone and track with this journal and let us remember the stuff we did and had with Lemmings. Today, mostly the first true Lemmings game counts as "true classic". Very few and little ports did also port the first addition to the first game, the "OH NO! MORE LEMMINGS!" Levels which added not only more levels to the game but also were way more difficult than the classic games. The foruma was pretty much the same as from the original Lemmings game that you have a number of Lemmings and a number of Lemmings you have to save "at least".
This should slightly change in the "real" sequal, Lemmings 2 the tribes.
In this game, you have to help a actual TRIBES of Lemmings from one start of the level to the end. The differ of it from the original game: Each Lemming you save in ONE level also enters the next level. MEANS: you HAVE TO save as many Lemmings as you can WITHOUT losing some in the progress.
Not only am i more "familiar" with the sequal, in the time i played it i finished it 100% with a full golden medal ("save all possible Lemmings from every 12 tribes")! This is something i did on my own back in the day, even if i cant remember ANYTHING anymore how to solve the level or how i even did that myself XD it still was something nice to achieve since well...IF you know ANY Lemmings game (which is not a side gem in the series X3), its a hard game! X3 Sadly, one day i overwrote my savefile and lost the progress ^^; - STILL! I know what i did and i remember it as the nerd which i am! X3
And with that said, yes, i actually was a long time Lemmings fan. I even created Lemmings fangames back in the day and with it a small series of games i made, called "Lemmis Adventures 1+2" and "Lemmingsvania". Those were sure not "superb great games" but actually Lemmis Adventure 2 (which was hell of effort for me to do in the first place...) was for a over 1 month the most downloaded and played game on the page i uploaded my games on - maybe old german internet users remember the page "spieleportal(dot)de". :3 I guess it wasnt "that bad than"? hehehe.
But yea, nowadays, im more mature and sure asked myself a lot questions about the Lemmings and the universe and one day was even the question for me "why i never saw a female Lemming" cause, to be real with you, did you ever saw other art from Lemmings than mostly anything where they just run around, look all like the same or nearly die in the progress? :P So yes, with that in mind i tried to get more knowledge about the Lemmings and found out that there was a Female Lemming in the Lemmings universe which actually was an enemy of sort, called Lemme fatale. "Lemmings immediately fall in love with this lemme fatale. After walking around a few turns, they are killed because off the love." - The Lemmings Encyclopedia ( https://tle.vaarties.nl/ ) With that in mind and the first thing i saw about "Female Lemmings" i came to the idea to create something like my own Lemmings character and, long story short, i created the character "Lemina" (first she had no name for a long time) and she was actually a pretty dang cute and somewhat sexy fellow you can see there in the very first picture i drawn her (NSFW):
Some month later, i stumbled over an old advertising from Lemmings 2 and its beach tribe where you CAN see 100% a female lemming in existance! AND: OFFICIAL IN BIKINI! Days can be great for an Rule 34 artist hahaha! ;>
Nowadays, what is the "now copyright holder" doing with the Lemmings (Sony) and what i am doing?
Well sadly as for the copyright holder, they dont do Lemmings any justice and created a "nagging and bad" IOS Lemmings version (NOT a port!) which a lot people, if they "played it", say its pretty "crap" - and i sadly have to agree since i also tried to play it but its pretty just created to milk your money and ride on an old nostalgie train. I found lately a german review of it and...this pretty much says the same i would say - you can watch it here:
So keeping the "story" of the new Lemmings short, it seems like we will not really see a good and "real" lemmings game soon from Sony since well...it seems like they even forgot that today is Lemmings 30th anniversary, which is a fucking shame coz even a smaller series like "Turrican", a game series which was pretty much known just in the early till mid 90s created a collection of their (main) games for newer consoles to get/buy/download and play calling "Turrican Flashback". So honestly here, the future of the Lemmings doesnt look good or bright in the slightest, at least from the "copyright holder" point of view.
As for me, the nerd who i am, i still draw Lemmings AND my character Lemina up to this day. some years ago i even creates, just for the fun of it, some fangames losely based on Lemmings.
The first i did years ago was called "Mr. lem" which is..if i look back to it not that great maybe but still a nice time waster, you should be able to get it here, if im right and if the download still works:
Its more based of the old arcade games "Mr. Do!" or in some cases, since im grown up with a C64 and clones and like X3, "Mr. Dig"
Later, another day i worked WAY harder to create something more original and "actually playable" which was the game "Underfoot" which starts my character Lemina on a small adventure. This game is also "really released" on gamejolt and you can download it there:
Else what am i doing with Lemmings? Well since we HAVE this month their 30th anniversary, i made myself this month to "Lemmings month" and already started it last year with a collection of art from me to recreate the Lemmings 2 poster with each Lemming drawn solo and put them all together for a great big collection and pose poster at the end. Someone was so friendly and made a pysical cpy of it which i have now on my wall! Nice! :D
As for THIS year, im already in the middle of the month and work on the next collection if you follow my artwork and stuff im doing. Im nearly done with it but i dotn rush it. So far, it seems like some people really enjoy the Lemmings i created and draw so that i sure will keep drawing Lemmings and mostly my character Lemina from time to time, next to my other stuff and characters i love to share and draw.
With what all told and said, i hope you have great lemmings month so far and happy 30th anniversary Lemmings day! No, I dont celebrate love commercial day coz "if you really think you just have this one day in the year to tell your beloved ones you love them, let me tell you, you have more than 300 days in a year left to do so." ;P