August 15, 2003 11:38 PM   Subscribe

Lemmings! Do you miss sending hoardes of helpless little buggers into pits, and trying to free them from their own suicidal helplessness? Then this is for you!
posted by christian (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Incidentally, a friend has recently told me that lemmings are in fact not prone to walking off of cliffs, and that a large film company (Walt Disney?) actually forces a bunch of the bastards off of a cliff and filmed it to spread the falsity.

But that's completely unrelated. If you need me, I'll be playing this until my eyes bleed.
posted by christian at 11:40 PM on August 15, 2003

Oh this is for me alright. Loves me some lemmings. On a related note, isn't it just STUNNING what can be done in DHTML now? Seriously, using DHTML & animated gifs, recreating an entire videogame? That's just cool.
posted by jonson at 11:50 PM on August 15, 2003

Yeah, christian I was just about to mention that. Here's the what snopes says.

Anyway, this is pretty cool. Only thing is... no sound. I loved the music that went with that game; pretty catch. Though I don't exactly remember what it was or how it went (obviously not catchy enough).
posted by Stauf at 11:57 PM on August 15, 2003

cool link. thanks.
I was a huge fan of lemmings.
posted by Espoo2 at 1:12 AM on August 16, 2003

Agreed, Stauf. The sound was the best. Most specifically the "wuh-hoh!" sound the little guys made when the level started.

I may have to go buy a Genesis just to rip the audio to mp3.
posted by christian at 1:34 AM on August 16, 2003

Wee, lemmings. Pity there isn't sound. I loved blowing them up. Thanks for the link christian. I'll be here all weekend.
posted by ginz at 3:25 AM on August 16, 2003

oh no!!! POP
posted by mcsweetie at 4:59 AM on August 16, 2003

they DON'T? Dammit! One of my lifelong ambitions was to witness lemmings jumping off cliffs. Now all I have to look forward to is putting a giant ship in the middle of the sahara desert... *sigh*
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 5:32 AM on August 16, 2003

christian: Most specifically the "wuh-hoh!" sound the little guys made when the level started.

I always thought it was "let's go!".
posted by skryche at 5:42 AM on August 16, 2003

Whoo! I used to play this game all the time! My favorite thing to do was to build a super tall ladder and then they'd fall off and splat. And the mass suicide thing was a heck of a lot of fun too.
posted by mabelcolby at 5:57 AM on August 16, 2003

If I recall correctly they went "Let's go!" at the start of the level, and "wuh-oh!" if you hit the nuke button to self destruct. As for the music, I think it varied from level to level...
posted by fvw at 7:40 AM on August 16, 2003

Bad news for Mac users (at least this one): key graphics missing when you use Safari - the "turn this lemming into a [skill] lemming" buttons are missing, so the little buggers drop out of the hatch as non-skilled lemmings and just march back and forth as long as you let them...
posted by JollyWanker at 8:33 AM on August 16, 2003

All the games entering the contest are written for IE6 en Mozilla 1.4.
posted by ginz at 9:13 AM on August 16, 2003

You can find the original PC lemmings on some abandonware sites, although getting the music to work under anything other than 95/98/me is a bit of a challenge.... Although this software will help you run all those old games with sound under xp/2k.
posted by Espoo2 at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2003

evil! EVIL! Eeeeeevil! Oh dear, this could be addictive. :)
posted by dejah420 at 3:04 PM on August 16, 2003

Worked for me in Mozilla, JollyWanker. It did suffer from Mozilla's occasional tendency to draw graphics one pixel too far to the left.
posted by Mars Saxman at 3:52 PM on August 16, 2003

Sound is working now. "Yippie"
posted by ginz at 12:21 AM on August 17, 2003

You can download the various lemmings games from the-underdogs.org.

The music was basically amiga-synthed classical, and other common (though out of copyright) tunes such as the Can-can.

If you like lemmings, you should try Creepers, which is the same type of game, but sadly not as popular.
posted by BigCalm at 1:49 AM on August 18, 2003

Ooh, there's also Lemmings for Win95 in the link mentioned above, which I know works on most windows versions, with sound too.
posted by BigCalm at 1:51 AM on August 18, 2003

I remember spending plenty of long Lemmings sessions on my Amiga. The songs still pop into my head occasionally.

BTW, The PC (DOS+Intel) version of lemmings didn't say "Let's Go", but instead did some sort of poor approximation of it that might have sounded like "wuh-hoh!" I don't think the average PC of the time had the ability to play PCM audio, at least not the PC I tried to play lemmings on. Mouse tracking was very poor on the PC as well at the time. It was definitely better on the Amiga, where it originated =)

What ever happened to Psygnosis anyway?
posted by joquarky at 2:13 PM on August 19, 2003

Bought by Sony around the time of the launch of the first Playstation.
posted by NortonDC at 8:19 AM on August 20, 2003

Dear Lemming-lover,

DHTML Lemmings is currently offline because we have received email that this site was infringing copyrights. While we try to verify the authenticity of this mail (we have reasons to believe it is a prank) we have decided it is better to temporary remove DHTML lemmings from this server.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

posted by crunchland at 1:28 PM on August 27, 2003

Latest update in copyright saga.
posted by ginz at 7:13 AM on September 6, 2003

Help save lemmings. Latest update in the copyright conflict.
posted by ginz at 5:09 AM on September 15, 2003

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