Great sequel to a classic puzzler
The original Lemmings was a ground-breaking piece of puzzling entertainment that introduced gamers to the charming world of suicidal animals and charged them with playing the role of saviour. The game captivated gamers so it was inevitable that a sequel would soon show up and while Christmas Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings came along first, this is the first true follow-up and which provides more of the same puzzle action but with a few new twists. This time around, a plot has been introduced which describes how the lemmings have split into distinct tribes and that their island is now in trouble which can only be averted by collecting the twelve pieces of an ancient talisman. While all this is interesting enough, it doesn't really impact on the gameplay that much, and in most respects Lemmings 2 is very similar to its predecessor, with the player responsible for guiding their tribe of lemmings through complex levels by making careful use of the various skills that are available to them. These skills include returning ones like digging and building as well as new ones like flying and 'the attractor' where your lemming plays a musical instrument which stops other lemmings to stop what they are doing and perform a little dance instead. Other new additions include objects like cannons and trampolines, while levels can now scroll vertically as well as horizontally. If you enjoyed the first Lemmings or games like The Settlers or Diggers, then this will be right up your alley. It retains the core gameplay and charming visuals of the original but adds in enough new elements to keep things fresh and it remains a highly entertaining puzzler that comes highly recommended.