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;-) I'd personally challenge:

 

7.Lemmings.

 

Using a cursor with a d-pad can be a different experience, but the real challenge with porting ‘Lemmings’ was always going to be “Where do we put the skills icons?” Programmers came up with the innovative solution of stopping the in-game clock whilst the player uses the control to access a separate “Lemmings skills” screen. It’s a feature utterly unique to the Lynx version of ‘Lemmings’, and not only keeps the visuals clean, but it doesn’t disrupt the quintessential ‘Lemmings’ experience. Nice!

 

The fact the icons are essentially on a pause screen, crippled the quite essential frantic nature of Lemmings for myself.

 

Having spent so many hours on the ST version of Lemmings, before rediscovering it on the Sega Game Gear, then Lynx...

 

It took some time to adjust to playing on the Lynx.

 

I can totally appreciate why the developers did it, but it simply want the Lemmings i had known.

 

Lemmings like Xcom,Cannon Fodder,Syndicate etc simply is one of those titles designed to be played with a mouse and no matter how innovative a control scheme people came up with, it made for a lesser experience.

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I'm not a huge fan of Lemmings on the Lynx too. I actually dislike any interface on the Lynx that uses a cursor. Jon (the author) loves his Lemmings though!

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I'm not a huge fan of Lemmings on the Lynx too. I actually dislike any interface on the Lynx that uses a cursor. Jon (the author) loves his Lemmings though!

It's workable, but it just takes away the pure panic of Lemmings at it's best as you have time to plan what to do.

 

It makes for a more sedate experience .

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Most (all?) versions of Lemmings always had a PAUSE option anyway. Nice article.

I expected comments on vertical games and the 'odd' usage or games like Alpine Games with their also weird anything left, anything right controls.

But it is nice that someone took notice of the different approaches!

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Most (all?) versions of Lemmings always had a PAUSE option anyway. Nice article.

I expected comments on vertical games and the 'odd' usage or games like Alpine Games with their also weird anything left, anything right controls.

But it is nice that someone took notice of the different approaches!

Yep they had a pause mode..essential for times when doorbell or phone went etc, but you activated it as and when you needed it.

 

It didn't break the core Lemmings gameplay as it took you away from the main event screen into a seperate screen, just to select which icon you needed.

 

Lynx version was always going to be compromised for the small screen and Lynx control set up.

 

I'm not saying the lynx version was in any way poor, just noticeably different due to design changes.

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Boo, you guys! Lemmings on the Lynx is pure gaming goodness. I get the beefs about the interface, but I find that it actually works well once you get used to it. I might have had a different experience with the game had I played it first on another platform, but I didn't, and adapted to the port's quirks pretty quickly. It's still one of my favourite Lynx games.

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:-))

 

I found the constant flipping between screens on Lynx Lemmings far more of an annoyance, than say loosing the prisoner confession sequence from APB..another title i had loved on C64 and ST so had to get on Lynx..

 

But it wasn't a deal breaker.

 

Going to N64 Command And Conquer after being used to Mouse control or trying to play Alien Res on PlayStation without a mouse...

 

Now there were 2 titles that were crippled by control schemes.

 

 

I think as a gamer, when i finally picked up Lemmings on Lynx, i was looking to rekindle the love i had found for it on the ST...perhaps a little too much?.

 

 

Ironically i never tried Lemmings II on any format,never bought the Lemmings disc on PlayStation, nor have i ever tried the PSP version.

 

Funny how a game can literally burn out on you.

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Out of all Lemmings versions the best is Lemming tribes on Amiga. It would be nice to make for the Lynx. The idea is that every tribe has to bring its part of an amulet on order to save all lemmings. The tribes were really great. Space lemmings, sport lemmings, beach lemmings and so on...

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Well coder did say if Lynx was still around in a few years after Lemmings hit it, he might consider doing Lemmings II on it:

 

http://www.psygnosis.org/artifacts/lemmingslynx.txt

 

Great message. My favourite part:

 

a word about piracy.

yes, even cartidges

can be copied. it's

not very nice is it?

if you do try it then the

jokes on you. inserted

into this text is a

powerful magical spell

to shred the very soul

of evil nasty people who

would take away our livelihood.

 

 

nasty pirate

go way.

you'll never live,

to see the day,

when evil triumphs

over light,

'cos we all think

you're full of

 

* zzzt * software

failure there* mmm,

never mind. on with

the next topic. the

pentagram graphics

should take care of

it anyway.

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Wow that's one long scroll message! Nice to see something original come up like that too, almost makes me want to finish Lemmings, almost!

 

This is my favourite, which is very much what I am trying to do with the Atari Gamer project...

 

 

 

enjoy your lynx. it is
the best of all of the
hand held portable machines.
only with your support can
we produce software for this
lovely little piece of
hardware with a goal
keeping the machine alive and kicking

 

:)

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Here's the list of all officially released games for the Atari Lynx, how many have you got in your collection?

 

 

Agree with alphabetizing Lynx Casino under L, even though both the carton and the cartridge label says just Casino. Disagree (courteously) that S.T.U.N. Runner is alphabetized at the beginning of S; I always put it after Steel Talons, but, to each his own. And finally, thanks for not including Krazy Ace Miniature Golf in this list. ;-)

 

 

 

Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.

-MillipedeMan

a.k.a. Mark

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The new 2018 re-released games from Songbird Productions have arrived so lets see what's in the boxes!

https://atarigamer.com/articles/unboxing-songbird-productions-new-2018-re-released-games-for-atari-lynx

 

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I know I’m going to sound like a twit, but I’d buy all of Carl’s releases (again) if he put out boxes. I really don’t like those CD cases for Lynx carts, although I bet they now close properly with those curved lip carts.

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Not at all, I would in a heartbeat too! Maybe what would be great is to have a community project to make standard boxes for all of these? I'll see if Carl would be willing to share the cover art.

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The shop I was using for "Shaken, not stirred" saved the stencils for future box runs. That box folds without tape or glue. As digital printing is a thing nowadays it might be possible to print a set with lots of different printouts for a small cost. The unfolded box (or boxes) can be shipped in a hard €2 envelope. So the cost would be reasonable. Perhaps around €3 per box?

 

I could ask the print shop.

 

The next question is how to make good quality cart labels?

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The design of the stencil you used is excellent Karri.

Cart labels could also be printed by a print shop, they're just stickers.

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