It’s that time once again, to take a look at the game we played on the Weekly Retro Showcase stream last Sunday. This time, the game that was chosen was Lemmings, specifically the Sega Master System version of the game.

I had only ever played the MegaDrive version myself and that was when I was a very young lad who just used it to make the lemmings fall off cliffs. So I was rather intrigued to see how well I could do when actually playing the game properly.

So, let’s take a look at what I thought of Lemmings for the Sega Master System.

First Impressions

When I first started up Lemmings, I was instantly smiling due to the title screen’s music. It had a strange sense of nostalgia despite never playing the game on that system. That is one thing I can definitely say Lemmings does well; the soundtrack. It’s just enough to add to the enjoyment of the game without being too in your face (or ears).

Then, as I started the game up properly, moving passed the title screen, I was surprised at just how clearly I could see everything. Considering how small the Lemmings actually are on screen, I was expecting to struggle to actually work out where they were.

Yet, I didn’t struggle at all… At least, I didn’t struggle into they caught in a very tight space and I could no longer easily click on a specific Lemming.

Despite that, however, I was still able to actually progress through trial and error. Lemmings for the Master System starts with a low level of difficulty and slowly ramps it up, but at a steady pace. Considering the fact that Lemmings is basically a timed puzzle game, this steady increase in difficult is exactly the way it needs to be.

You never feel like you are in over your head, as you will always be able to figure a puzzle out eventually, even if it takes a long time… You just need to actually be paying attention.

With that all said, it’s probably a good time to move onto the gameplay section, don’t you think?


The gameplay of Lemmings entirely consists of using different tools on your Lemmings so that they can carry out different actions. For example, you can have them dig, climb, parachute or even explode. All of these are needed eventually to get through the various puzzles in the game and can lead to some very amusing moments if you are streaming the game.

Some of the puzzles involve a lot more thought than others, which is very good. As mentioned earlier, the difficulty levels rise slowly. That said, you still need precision timing to select the Lemmings in order to ensure that the right one uses the correct tool.

Thankfully, the controls are really simple to get your head around. There aren’t really any strategy puzzles to go through for now. But I do intend to try and complete the game soon.


Moving on to the entertainment factor of Lemmings, I think it should be pretty clear from the clips of the stream that I found it enjoyable. There are definitely some flaws with the game in terms of being able to actually select the correct lemming. However, that doesn’t really dampen the entertainment of the game.

Part of that probably comes from the fact that they made the fate of the lemmings mildly entertaining when you mess up the puzzle. So no matter whether you are doing well or utterly failing, Lemmings for the Sega Master System remains thoroughly enjoyable.

Honestly, though… It’s a very simplistic game so that isn’t a huge amount to talk about beyond that.

And That’s All Folks

Lemmings for the Sega Master System is a pretty basic game, as to be expected from a game of that era. However, it’s a lot of fun and the puzzles are actually pretty clever. They even have some that are designed purely to troll you, so that’s very entertaining.

Have you played Lemmings for the Master System? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!