Lemmings PlayStation 2
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by Team 17
Release Date: Out Now
Earlier this year we reviewed Lemmings on the PSP and thought this modern day reworking of a longstanding classic was a success. We obviously weren’t the only ones and it’s no surprise that here we have a PlayStation 2 version of the game. Essentially the PlayStation 2 version of the game is identical to the PSP version, with one exception. The game features support for the EyeToy camera, which is certainly an intriguing inclusion. Let’s take a look at how the PlayStation 2 version fares.
As we’ve just said the game is practically identical to the PSP version so it’s best to make it clear right from the off that if you’ve already paid out for the PSP version you’re only going to be getting the 20 EyeToy levels that are included in the game that’s different from the version you already own. The game includes Special, Original and User levels. The 36 Special levels are levels which hadn’t appeared in any version prior to the PSP version. The Original levels consist of 30 Fun levels, 30 Tricky levels, 30 Taxing levels and 30 Mayhem levels. The game comes with an editor and you can play the levels you create as well as download other user levels and play them in the User section.
If you’re one of the few that have never played Lemmings, a little description is in order. Essentially you have to guide your Lemmings, who will appear, one by one, through a trap door, hit the ground and begin walking off towards any danger that awaits them. Your goal is to prevent them coming to any harm by bestowing one of eight special abilities on them so that they can navigate their way safely to the exit point. The abilities you can give to your lemmings are climber, floater, bomber, blocker, builder, basher, digger and miner. In any given level you can only designate a fixed number of these abilities and in the easier levels many of the abilities are unavailable. As the levels increase in difficulty you'll have more abilities to choose from as the obstacles, that you'll need to overcome to bring your lemmings home safely, become more problematic. Knowing what abilities to give your lemmings in a particular situation is the key to success and whilst this is initially easy it soon becomes quite difficult. That said the learning curve is quite gentle and the easy levels ease you in to game with no problems at all. Of course we should mention that the levels are time limited, which also adds to the challenge in later levels.
The PlayStation 2 exclusive section has been designed solely for the EyeToy camera. Here you have 20 levels where you’ll have to use parts of your body to guide your lemmings to safety. You don’t have to bother with giving your lemmings specific roles because it’s completely down to you to get them home safely. You’ll have to use your arms as bridge or carry them to a safe spot amongst other things. Sometimes you’ll have to interact with the locations to remove obstacles. It’s not as forgiving as most EyeToy experiences and having an ideal amount of light in your room is a must, more so than any other EyeToy game we’ve played to date. You can’t just swing your limbs around wildly either you’ll end up destroying your lemmings. It’s a frustrating experience to be sure and one that requires a lot of thought if you are to succeed. I found the levels quite difficult and didn’t progress beyond the first five levels that are initially unlocked.
In terms of how it looks and how deaf gamer friendly Lemmings is, it’s exactly the same as it was on the PSP. The game has that cartoon appearance that Team 17 are well known for (which you’ll instantly recognise if you’ve played any of the recent Worms titles). It’s a look that really suits the nature of the game. All instructions and tutorial messages are shown in text so you’ll have no problems in learning how to play the game or in understanding what needs to be done in the EyeToy version. You can see an onscreen timer that shows you how much time you have left to rescue your lemmings. The load times are pretty snappy and you won’t have to wait long should you need to retry a level.
If you didn’t pick up Lemmings for the PSP then this PlayStation 2 version is a good choice for any who are fans of the series or who just fancy a puzzle game. The EyeToy levels are far more demanding than other EyeToy experiences I’ve had so far and whilst they certainly show potential they aren’t worth purchasing the game, so if you own the PSP version then the PlayStation 2 version shouldn’t be considered. However if you have a choice of purchasing either of the two versions then I would go for the PlayStation 2 version because it retails for £10 cheaper, you’re getting the contents of the PSP game thrown in (and it was an enjoyable game after all) and you can always have a giggle with the 20 EyeToy levels. We’ve spotted it online for as low as £17.99 which certainly makes this quite an appealing budget priced puzzler.
If you didn't pick up the PSP version of Lemmings then this is definitely the version to go for as it's practically the same game with 20 additional levels supporting the EyeToy camera.