Lemmings

The Arcade Video Game PCB by Data East Corp.

Lemmings screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade Video Game PCB

Lemmings © 1991 Data East Corp.


A platform game where the player has to designate certain lemmings for certain tasks & try to figure a way to save as many of them from falling off cliffs and prevent them from dying in other ways. The lemmings can be set for walking (which they do by default), digging, climbing, building, blocking (preventing other lemmings from walking a certain direction), bashing, floating, and mining. There are several levels in 3 or 4 categories of difficulty.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 14 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 4.0275 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.58 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 7.757 Khz)

Players : 2
Control : trackball
Buttons : 2

TRIVIA

Developed by Psygnosis.

When the Arcade machine was being written, the CEO of Data East apparently wouldn't start a meeting without challenging the person to a 2-player version of lemmings! This is also where the fast forward of Lemmings 2 came from, we saw it in the Arcade version, and borrowed it. Its now very hard to play the original Amiga one without the fast forward. The arcade version was joystick or trackball.

UPDATES

The US cocktail version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

SERIES

1. Lemmings (1990, Commodore Amiga)
2. Oh No! More Lemmings (1991, Commodore Amiga)
3. Lemmings Jr. (1991, Apple Macintosh)
4. Save The Lemmings! (1991, PC [MS-DOS]) : a short game featuring 8 unique Lemmings levels.
5. Christmas / Holiday Lemmings 1991 (1991, Commodore Amiga)
6. New Year Lemmings 1991/92 (1991, Commodore Amiga)
7. Cristmas / Holiday Lemmings 1992 (1992, Commodore Amiga)
8. Lemmings - The Official Companion (1993, PC [MS-DOS]) : A book with a bonus disk, featuring 16 new levels.
9. Lemmings 2 - The Tribes (1993, Commodore Amiga)
10. Christmas Lemmings 1993 (1993, Commodore Amiga)
11. The Lemmings Chronicles / All New World of Lemmings (1994, PC [MS-DOS])
12. Christmas Lemmings 1994 (1994, Commodore Amiga)
13. Lemmings Paintball (1996, PC [MS-DOS])
14. The Adventures of Lomax (1996, Sony Playstation)
15. 3D Lemmings (1995, PC [MS Windows])
16. VS Lemmings (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color)
17. Lemmings Revolution (2000, PC [MS Windows])

PORTS

This prototype arcade version is already a port from an orginal computer game released in 1990 on the Commodore Amiga, and was later ported to severals system, here is the full list :

CONSOLES:
[JP] Nintendo Super Famicom (1991) "Lemmings [Model SHVC-LE]"
Sega Game Gear [US] (1992)
[EU] Sega Game Gear (1992)
Sega Game Gear [BR] (1992) by Tec Toy
[US] Sega Genesis (1992)
Sega Master System [BR] (1992) by Tec Toy
[EU] Sega Master System (1992) "Lemmings [Model 7108]"
Sega Mega Drive [AU] (1992)
[EU] Sega Mega Drive (1992) "Lemmings [Model 670-2701]"
Sega Mega Drive [KO] (1992) "Lemmings [Model GM 8037 JT]"
[US] Nintendo SNES (mar.1992) "Lemmings [Model SNS-LE]"
[US] Nintendo NES (nov.1992) "Lemmings [Model NES-LG]"
[EU] Nintendo SNES (oct.22, 1992) "Lemmings [Model SNSP-LE]"
[JP] Sega Mega Drive (nov.20, 1992) "Lemmings [Model T-15063]"
NEC PC-Engine Super CD [JP] (nov.28, 1992) "Lemmings [Model SSCD2003]"
Atari Lynx [US] (1993)
[EU] Nintendo Game Boy (1993) "Lemmings [Model DMG-L8-UKV]
Panasonic 3DO [US] (1993)
Philips CD-I [EU] (1993)
[JP] Sega Game Gear (feb.5, 1993) "Lemmings [Model G-3317]"
[EU] Nintendo NES (may.19, 1993) "Lemmings [Model NES-LG]"
[JP] Nintendo Game Boy (sept.23, 1993) "Lemmings [Model DMG-L8A]"
Amiga CD32 [EU] (1994)
[US] Nintendo Game Boy (aug.1994) "Lemmings [Model DMG-L8]"
Panasonic 3DO [JP] (aug.6, 1994) "Lemmings [Model FZ-SJ1656]"
Philips CD-I [US] (1995)
[EU] Sony PlayStation (1998) "Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings [Model SLES-01461]"
[US] Sony PlayStation (1998) "Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings [Model SLUS-00760]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color [JP] (apr.7, 2000) "Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings [Model CGB-ALEJ-JPN]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color [US] (dec.2000) "Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings [Model CGB-ALEE-USA]"
[JP] Sony PSP (mar.9, 2006) "Lemmings [Model UCJS-10028]"
[EU] Sony PSP (mar.10, 2006) "Lemmings [Model UCES-00109]" : also released as a "PSP Essentials" edition (oct.6, 2010)
[US] Sony PSP (may.23, 2006) "Lemmings [Model UCUS-98647]" : also released as a "Favorites" edition (oct.17, 2012)
Sony PlayStation 2 [AU] (oct.2006)
[EU] Sony PS2 (oct.13, 2006) "Lemmings [Model SCES-54145]"
[AU] Sony PSP (oct.19, 2006) : also released as a "PSP Essentials" edition (2010)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [US] (dec.7, 2006)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [JP] (dec.14, 2006)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [EU] (mar.23, 2007) "Lemmings [Model NPEA-00004]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [KO] (june.16, 2007)
[EU] Sony PSP (jul.6, 2007) "Lemmings [Platinum] [Model UCES-00109/P]"
Sony PSP [PSN] [EU] (apr.9, 2009)
Sony PSP [PSN] [US] [JP] (oct.22, 2009)
Sony PlayStation Vita [US] [EU] (dec.5, 2012)

COMPUTERS:
Apple Macintosh [US] (1991)
PC [MS-DOS] [US] (1991)
Acorn Archimedes (1991)
[EU] Atari ST (1991)
NEC PC 98 [JP] (1991)
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991)
[EU] Commodore Amiga (feb.14, 1991)
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1992)
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1992) "Lemmings [Budget]"
Commodore Amiga CDTV [EU] (1992) "CDTV Lemmings"
[EU] Commodore C64 (1992)
[JP] Sharp X68000 (apr.17, 1992)
[EU] Commodore Amiga (1993) "Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings"
Commodore Amiga [US] (1993)
[US] Commodore C64 (1993)
Sinclair Sam Coupe (1994)
PC [MS-DOS] [EU] (1995) "Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings"
IBM/Microsoft - OS/2 (never finished)
Amstrad PCW [EU]
FM Towns PC [JP]
Apple Macintosh [US] (1998) "Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings"

OTHERS:
Mobile Phone [US] (apr.2, 2005)

SOURCES
Game's ROM.