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Pingus is an open source, cross-platform, and free Lemmings clone. The gameplay is the same: the player must help a group of creatures (in this case, penguins) to reach the exit and escape the level.

Each penguin has to be assigned a task, represented by a series of icons at the left side of the screen. Blockers stop the other penguins, and are best deployed near dangerous environments and chasms. Jumpers spring upwards, arcing through the air, covering a small distance. Bridgers build diagonal bridges across chasms. Bombers explode, removing a chunk of the terrain with them. Diggers go downwards, mining deep in the ground, or sideways, tunnelling through walls. Sliders lunge forward, passing under low roofs and escaping some traps. Climbers have the reusable ability to scale vertical walls, and floaters have the reusable ability to survive any fall.

As in the original, each level has a set number of penguins that have to cross the portal (sometimes with a time limit). Three icons at the bottom pause the game, make it run faster, or explode all the birds (useful if the level was made unsolvable by wrong actions).

The game has a built-in level editor, that can be accessed directly from the main menu. Extra unofficial levels can be found in several sites.


Pingus Linux This level requires digger penguins.
Pingus Linux The overworld map
Pingus Linux The level editor
Pingus Windows Floaters surviving a big drop and reaching a level exit

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Linux For You Linux Sep 01, 2009 10 out of 10 100 Windows Dec 08, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Softpedia Linux Sep 26, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Clubic Macintosh Mar 07, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Softonic Macintosh Feb 23, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Clubic Windows Mar 07, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Softonic Windows Sep 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Abandonia Reloaded Windows Mar 11, 2011 3 out of 5 60 Windows Feb 19, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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  • Pingus (Official site with downloads for Macintosh and Windows, and the source to be compiled under Linux.)
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