Super Lemmings Galaxy
It's Clockwork Games' magnificent 3D Lemmings, and as I remembered it I also remembered I'd done a little mini-featurette on it a couple of years ago for the now-defunct Total PC Gaming. As a passing diversion, the piece is reproduced below.
3D Lemmings is one of the most wronged games in PC history.
It’s the best game in the series by a mile, brimming with originality and imagination – levels take place inside computers, in medieval castles, on Aliens-themed space bases, in Victorian gardens, during crazy It’s A Knockout races on army assault courses, inside pyramids, and there’s even an astonishing mid-air passenger jet death-slide rescue mission.
It fixes the interface problems that plagued the original and many of the sequels. It’s got an interactive replay (watch your last attempt up to the point where you messed it up, and then step in to correct your mistake), brilliant cameras, and even the music is gorgeous.
And yet, not only was its genius largely unrecognised by reviews at the time, and not rewarded by great sales either, but even posterity hasn’t seen fit to set right these terrible injustices, with a number of balloon-faced chumps going on record with shameful historical revisionism claiming – ludicrously – that it’s an inferior game to its predecessors.
And as a final indignity, nobody even knows what it’s actually called – the box says “3D Lemmings”, while the title screen says “Lemmings 3D”.
Well, it’s time for more than the insightful and perceptive few to know of the glory that is 3D Lemmings. It's a DOS game and it really hates modern PCs – I couldn't even make it play nicely with DOSbox, though that might just be my ineptitude – but if you have any way of getting it to run (an old laptop running Windows 98, a dual-boot PC with a DOS partition, whatever), spend a couple of quid getting yourself a copy of this.
(Beware, incidentally, of unscrupulous eBay sellers offering versions of the game claiming to be Windows-compatible. There was no actual Windows version, and the game was billed as "Windows-compatible" simply because Win95 and Win98 ran it in DOS-emulation mode.)
It’s one of the best puzzle games ever, one of the best PC games ever – dammit, it’s simply one of the best videogames of all time full stop.