Christmas in video games: Lemmings
(Don’t know what Lemmings is? Play it online here!)
Christmas editions of computer games pop up on occasion. Usually they modify existing games, like Doom or Quake. Or, they can be somehow Christmas-themed on their own: there were a few BBS doors that simulated “chatting” with Santa or sending email to the North Pole.
In 1992, Psygnosis released a Christmas-themed demo of Lemmings. It’s unabashedly an advertisement to get you to pay for the full version of Lemmings. At any rate, it’s an interesting dressing up of an already-known title. Just stick some Santa hats on the lemmings, have them fall out of a wrapped package, and there you go: yuletide fun!
My copy of it came from a shareware disk I bought at a First Saturday Sale in Dallas that year. It made the transition from 5.25″ floppy to CD-ROM and still lives in my desk. If you want to play it, download it from DOS Games archive.
Here’s a few screenshots that I took:
Have a Cool Yule, and Save the Lemmings!
Next “Christmas in Video Games” post: Wolfenstein 3-D!