Probably most of you played, or at least heard, about these little guys - and there's a reason for that, because Lemmings were really popular back in the day. This well-known classic, also a strange hybrid of puzzle platformer with strategic elements was released in 1991 for the Amiga and PC, ie. MS-DOS.
This is one of those titles that, like Tetris, was so blessed that it had spread to more than twenty other platforms through the years. Today you can see it on more or less everything that has its own screen or is associated with gaming, and this success is attributed to the original developers and publishers from DMA Design and Psygnosys.
Lemming, by the way, is a rodent species that can be found in the polar regions of North America and Eurasia, and are famous for the myth on which this game is based on. Gang of these youngsters move arbitrary but predictably in a straight line through various levels while the player comes up with a safe way to get them to the finish line. If no action is taken the poor little lemmings will fall to their death, just like the myth says.
In each level you have a number of roles that you have to give to Lemmings to successfully move around and reach the expected goal. Some of these roles are climbers, paratroopers, bombers, blockers etc. which, at a given time period, you have to use wisely to satisfy a number of children survived.
Lemmings has sold over 15 million copies and of course got a bunch of sequels, remakes and various spin-offs, including the clones. We will not bother with detailed listings because there's a lot, but mostly all of them are identical. I will mention though that the original Lemmings even had twenty levels for two players which Amiga used with two mice support, a slightly more modern version on the PSP even had a level editor.
Among other things I have to admit that Lemmings had a pretty good music that you can listen to in the video below showcasing the first few levels.
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A few more games inspired by metal that I think are worth mentioning (I'll try to keep this up to date with any suggestions)
Heavy Metal Machines - A nice combination of Micro Machines and Motor Rock with more metal!
Rock God Tycoon - Essentially a Rock Band simulator.
Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods - Top-down twin-stick arcade shooter made by metalheads for metalheads.
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation - 90s style first-person shooter with a metal soundtrack and gothic style
BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre - You play as Satan's son in a twin-stick shooter with a metal soundtrack and nude demons.
Slain: Back From Hell - A heavy metal inspired arcade combat and puzzle platformer.
Valfaris - Indirect sequel to Slain, with tighter controls, prettier graphics and heavier soundtrack,
Butcher - Known by some as the 2D DOOM or by me as Soldat with a heavy metal skin.
Charlie Murder - Control a punk rock band in a beat 'em up RPG set in the zombie apocalypse!
Death Goat - If DOOM was a twin-stick shooter and allowed you to play an a wheelchair bound OAP.
Rock 'N' Roll Defense - A tower defense game that involves keeping unwanted idiots away from the rock show.
A Story of a Band - A quirky little band management simulation game.
Ubermosh Series - Twin-stick series that involve slicing bullets with swords in gun-filled cyberpunk mosh pits.
And for those interested in the game mentioned a few comments above
Karmaflow: The Rock Opera - A puzzle platformer with a cast voiced entirely by metal musicians.July 18, 2020
Seems like you have your style on lockdown.July 02, 2020
me gustan estas clases de juegos esta bueno el articuloJune 08, 2020
I mean I guess that's all the original Doom games ever were? Only with even less story!
But I know what you mean about the repetitiveness of the more modern Doom games, I think the fact they're so intense and demanding means you actually get mentally exhausted after just a few hours, I completed the original Doom just a few weeks ago and I didn't get that same fatigue. I pre-ordered Eternal and I still haven't completed it! But I tend to take my time with games and I'm perfectly okay with taking up to a few years to complete a game, so long as I get there eventually.
With Doom and Wolfenstein thriving with modern releases, I think I'd really like to see a new take on the Quake series.May 06, 2020
Not really a fan of the new Doom games ,they seem a bit repetitive ,go here ,shoot these ,go there ,shoot these though might just be me getting old.
I prefer story driven games these days.April 30, 2020
History of my life :)April 30, 2020