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If you haven't played Lemmings before, it is a game where you have to rescue Lemmings from falling off a cliff.
Well not quite. The idea of the game comes from that myth and often you lemmings will fall off a precipice, or find themselves in a fatal situation.
Your mission is to get a horde (is that the proper collective noun) of lemmings safely home.
In the original lemmings this involved guiding the lemmings through, over or under a set of obstacles designed to kill them, or at least hinder their progress. The lemmings get round through, under and over these obstacles using a range of tools at their disposal.
For Lemmings Tribes, the game is played in a similar fashion, although there is a backstory involving tribes of Lemmings working towards... well I won't spoil the plot.
This time the Lemmings are split into tribes Classic, Circus, Cavelem, Shadow, Space, Outdoor, Beach, Sports, Egyptian, Highland, Polar and Medieval.
Effectively this gives twelve 'different' versions of the game, with their own internal levels, and this time round there is more music and more tools and skills for the lemmings to use.
It is designed for the experienced lemmings player, so you might find it a little frustrating, if you have come into it 'cold' with no Lemmings experience.
This game is fun and I often drag out my old Amiga for a game. I don't know if it is available for the PC, and if it was I doubt it would run on a modern OS such as Vista.
I recommend you pick up an old Amiga and a copy of this game on ebid
As with all Amiga games you have to think in terms of yesteryear for their impact on the computer world at that time. In the early nineties the Amiga was way ahead of it's time and so were the games until the PC world not only caught up but passed in the mid to late nineties. With the raging success of Lemmings the team followed up with Lemmings The Tribes. Our little furry suicidees, now split into various tribes, went about their adventures as before but with better "powers" and harder courses. Even though the writers seemed to be a Lemming short of a cliff top this second wave was better than the first and a must for any Lemming freak. The Ninja Lemmings were a treat to see even if their task was bordering on the impossible for mere mortals like me. Love 'em or hate 'em the Lemmings were here to stay. N.B. Thanks to everyone who informed me that there was a fault with the way my opinions were being displayed on their screens. That is every other line or so containing just one or two words. Just got word from DooYoo that it is their problem and they are working on it. jambutty.