Xmas Lemmings 1991 for DOS: a Belated Xmas Post

Christmas here in Australia is quite the different experience to that in the northern hemisphere, as it is near the peak of summer and usually fairly hot. Where I grew up regularly gets over 40 degrees Celsius in the shade at that time of year. Consequently Christmas day was usually filled with lots of rest or leisure activities during the hottest time of day, like playing a computer game.

The hot weather usually feels like a good time to play slower paced games like puzzle and turn based strategy games. Something that doesn’t demand too much of the reflexes, but still engages the brain.

Lemmings pretty much fills that spot nicely, so lets talk about Xmas Lemmings 1991, a Christmas themed version of the game released late 1991. It was made as sort of a demo and to help promote Oh No! More Lemmings. There are only 4 levels in the 1991 Christmas release, two made especially for the demo and two others from Oh No! More Lemmings.

There isn’t much difference in a technical sense between the Xmas and normal version of Lemmings, although I did notice that the Xmas one doesn’t seem to support CGA. Most of the difference is basically the Christmas themed graphics and music. The little lemmings are all wearing Santa costumes and the levels are bedecked with snow and ice. The music includes some Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells and is of high quality, much like the music in the original game.

As I noted before, there are only 4 levels in this release, so they omitted the easier levels in favour of some trickier ones. The amount of time if fairly tight, so even the straight forward parts of the levels can be tricky getting the timing and positioning right. The later two levels are challenging because of the limited number of different workers you have. I still haven’t managed to beat the last level, it is exceptionally hard.

I found this version of Lemmings was pretty fun and the Christmas themed graphics and music were quite appropriate for this time of year. You’ll definitely enjoy it if you played the original Lemmings, but might struggle with the levels if you haven’t. It has always been freeware so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a download.

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