Sony Releases Surprise Lemmings Game

The Lemmings franchise makes a shocking return thanks to Sony.

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There’s a new, and very surprising, Lemmings game that’s available starting today. 

The sudden reveal of this new game came via the Sony blog which is traditionally used to reveal PlayStation games and other PlayStation news. However, this new Lemmings game isn’t a PlayStation game. It’s a free-to-play mobile title available via the App Store and Google Play starting today. Sony doesn’t typically publish such high-profile mobile games – much less talk about them on the PlayStation blog – but this game is a little different. 

Why? Well, Sony has actually owned the rights to the Lemmings series for quite some time. That’s because they once acquired original Lemmings publisher Psygnosis who became Sony Liverpool shortly before closing for good. As such, Sony has been sitting on the rights to the Lemmings franchise for a while and have just never really done anything with it until now. 

This new Lemmings game, simply titled Lemmings, is actually fairly similar to the original games in the franchise. It requires you to guide a group of Lemmings through various dangers spread across a series of increasingly challenging levels. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from this series except that it’s strangely stuck in portrait (vertical) mode and there are microtransactions that seem to be largely inconsequential. There’s also a weird space theme going on that seems to have been implemented because someone on the team thought it was cool. 

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Oh, and this Lemmings game isn’t being made by it’s original developers, DMA Design. Of course, that’s not really that surprising when you consider that DMA Design is now known as Rockstar North; the developers of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. We guess they had more important things to do. 

In any case, we’re thrilled to see someone revisit the Leemings franchise considering that the series’ classic gameplay hasn’t really aged that much over the years. Maybe this isn’t your favorite format for a new game, but it should be a nice mobile distraction. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014