Lemmings 2: The Tribes

Moby ID: 1603
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The sequel to Lemmings has a plot describing how the Lemmings have split into 12 distinct tribes. Each tribe has its own landscape and cultural identity - they include Egyptian, Circus, and Highland. However, Lemming Island is now in danger, and you must complete 10 levels for each tribe in order for them to reunite and reassemble the Talisman from the 12 pieces.

Across the 120 levels, there are over 60 skills, although no more than 10 are in use on each screen. The Classic tribe has the ones from the original and is perhaps the best option for first-time players.

The others range from digging methods such as a scooper (diagonally downwards) and club basher (horizontal), building skills such as a planter (takes time to produce the desired raise to the landscape) and a sand pourer, and various methods of movement including a Pole-Vaulter and a Skater (the only Lemmings who can cross ice). Some of these are only subtly different from others, and their exact uses are unclear, but there are 4 Trainer levels where you can select any combination of skills and experiment.

Unlike the first game, the player is rewarded for saving as many Lemmings as possible, rather than simply passing or failing. The ultimate aim is to save all 60 Lemmings through all levels, thereby earning a Gold Medal for that tribe - Silver and Bronze are also on offer. The player can also go back over levels in the hope of saving more Lems.

Because there are 12 tribes, and the player can switch between them at any point, you have to be stuck 12 times to be unable to progress. The game saves progress rather than using passwords as in the first game.

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  • レミングス2 - Japanese spelling

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Critics

Average score: 88% (based on 41 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 79 ratings with 1 reviews)

Lemmings 2 - GREAT.

The Good
Oh, it's just fun fun fun. The challenges are varied enough, they look so simple and yet are difficult, but never frustrating, and there's a great sense of achievement when you finish a level. Also, you're not killing things as usual, you're trying to save poor lemmings.

The Bad
Some of the levels were bloody hard, and some of the skills are unclear. For example, what is the purpose of a skier? And what's a diver supposed to do? They might sound obvious, but there's not a level I've found a use for them on.

The Bottom Line
Imagine being the Pied Piper of Hamlin. Now replace those rats with green-haired children, and now imagine all the adults of the world have gone mad. Actually, sod the metaphor, it's just a fun rescue-the-little-men game.

DOS · by Reid Wason (1) · 2003

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Intro and practice not working Nowhere Girl (8680) Jul 17, 2013

Trivia

Super Scope

It's not mentioned in the manual, but on the SNES version you can plug a Super Scope into port 2 and shoot the lemmings to blow them up.

Unreleased Master System and Game Gear versions

The game was ported to the Sega Master System and Game Gear by Matt Taylor. Due to the limitations of the 8-bit platforms 20% of the levels had to be redesigned. The port was completed in 1994, but because of the declining market for the 8-bit consoles Psygnosis decided not to release those. At least the code was reused for the GameBoy version.Source: Posting by Matt Taylor

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #3 Best Genre Mix in 1993 (Readers' Vote)

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Game added by Warlock.

Genesis, SNES added by PCGamer77. Amiga added by Famine3h. FM Towns added by Sciere. Atari ST added by Xoleras. Game Boy added by skl. Acorn 32-bit added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, Alaka, Martin Smith, BdR, Garcia, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto, Jo ST.

Game added June 13, 2000. Last modified September 19, 2023.