Lemmings 3D, (SIPS-60002)
The storyline in Lemmings 3D appears unrelated to previous Lemmings games, presumably because the story in All New World of Lemmings never got completed, and because the previous developer, DMA Design, was no longer involved in the series. Instead, there is an introduction movie showing a completely flat (2D) lemming popping out of a computer’s floppy drive, and finding a “3D” button to press, which makes him 3-dimensional. After that, the PC blows up and the (now 3D) lemmings inside it escape.
Lemmings 3D is played by using four different, movable cameras to fly around and get an overview of the level. While some levels have fixed cameras, most of the time they can be freely moved at any time, although without the ability to tilt up or down. Another viewing option is the “virtual lemming” (VL) which allows the player to see through the eyes of a selected lemming.
All skills from the original game are available, with one new one: the turner. A turner is similar to a blocker, in that he stands in one place and can only be removed by being blown up or dug out from underneath. However, instead of making other lemmings turn back, he directs them 90 degrees either left or right, as chosen by the player. Diagonally positioned blocks in levels will also make lemmings move left or right (basically reflecting them).
One of the by-products of being 3D was the importance of the camera-handling. Even though most of the levels didn’t need complex camera setups, some levels could only be solved if the player was skilled enough to move the camera in the correct way – or by using the Virtual Lemming mode: One level featured a massive indestructible block of wall with the lemmings arriving on top – the only way the player was able to deliver the lemmings to the bottom floor was by digging through a certain part of the block which was left destructible – the only way to handle that was to use the VL mode because the player was unable to fit the camera through the hole. Some levels included rooms or halls where the camera couldn’t go in to (or come out from) and the player had to peek in through windows or use VL mode.
The release rate buttons, i.e. to increase or decrease rate of lemmings; instant replay mode; and fast forward button all return from previous games. Levels are once again divided into four difficulty settings: Fun, Tricky, Taxing and Mayhem. There are 20 levels of each setting, with 20 more practice levels to learn about different game elements. Each level has a set amount of lemmings again, and can be returned to through the use of passwords.
Cut-scenes are shown at the end of certain level milestones, which feature lemmings from the various Lemmings 3D themes (army, computer, etc).
The world famous Lemmings are lost in a world of their own. They’re puzzle, confused, and they’re dying at an alarming rate. So what’s new?
Turning corners, that’s what. These 3D Lemmings are fat, they’re round, and they can turn through 90 degrees. But only with your help. You and you alone can guide the suicidal rodents through dazzling 3D worlds packed with new features and puzzles to solve. 100 levels, 9 Lemmings skills and over 30 sampled Lemmingese last requests make this a huge and hilarious game for humans everywhere.
Although if you’re a Lemming, steer clear. It could be distressing.
First person perspective.
Lemmings & Fantasy themes.
Number Of Players 1 Player
Number Of Memory Card Blocks 1 Block
Compatible Controllers Tested
( Official Gamepads Only ) Standard Controller ( Digital Controller compatible only )
Compatible Light Guns
( Official Light Guns Only ) None
Other Compatible Controllers
( Official Controllers Only ) Mouse Compatible
Special Controllers Included Or
Supported ( Official Only ) None
Vibration Function Compatible No
Multi-Tap Function Compatible No
Link Cable Function Compatible No
Move the cursor around the screen to select your lemmings: D-Pad
In the menu bar is used to select task and to assign to a Lemming: X Button
MISC CODES (At the Code Entry Screen enter the following codes):
Army Movie – ARMYAAAA
Egyptian Movie – EGYPTAAA
Ending Movie – MAZEAAAA
Space Movie – SPACEAAA
Stage select – LAMPWICK