Remember Lemmings? The adorable green-haired creatures with an unquenchable thirst for self-destruction? Despite their best attempts to die young, they are on the verge of turning 30 – and we get a documentary to celebrate.
Lemmings helped define a generation of video games. His unique combination of puzzles, creative problem solving, and time management made him extremely popular in his heyday. Despite this popularity, it is too often overlooked in terms of influence and innovation.
Originally released in 1991, Lemmings was the work of Scottish developers DMA Designs. The game, and its subsequent success, helped make Britain a competitive player in the video game industry, which at the time was becoming increasingly American in tone.
The main objective of the player in Lemmings is to lead a group of titular creatures to safety. Focusing on clever game mechanics and dark humor over flashy action, Lemmings has an unmistakably British charm – who else would create a kid-friendly game around the suicidal march of a group of cute humanoid animals?
Although it is no longer the phenomenon it once was, Lemmings was relatively recently resuscitated by Exient Publishing. Now available as a free mobile experience, the game allows players to indulge their nostalgia at their convenience.
In a recent press release, Jamie Wotton of Exient Publishing explained: “It’s a game that has touched the hearts of so many fans old and new, so with the documentary we want to give them something special in recognition of the impact Lemmings has had on the World Games and the culture of the games.
The upcoming documentary Lemmings: Can you dig it?, which was set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first installment in the series, currently has no more concrete release date than “Coming soon”. However, since the original Lemmings came out in February 1991, they better hurry because they’re already six months late.
And if there is one thing that I remember Lemmings, it’s that they react to delay the same way they react to everything else: by exploding.