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Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Limited help, confusing play cause interest to plummet.

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Gamers place ladders, umbrellas, and other elements to help the lemmings reach an exit, but it's the lack of guidance and instruction that ruins the experience. In Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure, various threats need to be taken into account as you plan the lemmings' escape, like circular saws that could injure the creatures or structures they could fall off. They'll keep chugging and chirping along until they're given a new path or direction. Once players have set up a way to reach the exit, they can increase the speed everything moves at -- which is a nice option because it can help avoid having to slowly watch a plan be executed, which could take some time.

You get a chance to flex some logic skills as you figure out what to build or place to direct the lemmings, but while the introductory tutorial is lengthy, it doesn't contain a lot of detail, so you may still be confused about some key elements. Written information about how to play the game is in the settings section, but it's similarly vague. Other game controls, too, can be a little unclear. For instance, the blocker icon, placed to prevent lemmings from approaching a certain area, can be effective -- but at other times, it seems to disappear randomly. Players may also find they can place stairs somewhere to create a path -- but the lemmings won't be able to use them until one physically starts building the stairs. How or why that happens isn't clearly explained. While Lemmings involves some other elements, such as unlocking new characters as you advance, most of the action involves trying to beat each level by getting the lemmings to the exit, so any confusion that arises can become an ongoing issue. Given that the app is based off a game that's been in existence for some time, it's somewhat surprising that elements that would make playing easier seem to be absent; more guidance would definitely be helpful. Without it, players may find that Lemmings: The Puzzle Adventure presents more frustration than fun.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 21, 2021
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Exient
  • Version: 6.00
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 5.0 and up, iOS 10.0 or later, or a Mac with an Apple MT chip and macOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: June 29, 2021

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