Move over Angry Birds, here comes Caveman

Lemmings gets re-birthed in this latest rendition of an arcade classic
Written by Joel Evans, Contributor

Last year Aaron Ardiri took it upon himself to live blog a porting of his old PalmOS-based version of Lemmings. A mere 36 hours later and he had successfully created a fully playable version for four platforms: iPhone, Palm, Windows and Mac.

I was fortunate enough to have some playtime with the iPhone version. Unfortunately, the SCEE served Mobile 1UP (Aaron's company) with a cease and desist so the port never made it out of beta. I did manage to capture a video of it during some testing (see below), and have to say that it was spot-on at the time.

Fast forward to present day and Aaron has re-birthed Lemmings once again. This time, though, he has retooled the code and changed the characters to cavemen. Not only that, it features all new graphics and great music and sound effects.

Just like in the classic Lemmings game of 1991, the goal is to guide a certain number of Cavemen to the exit on the level. You do this by assigning specific skills to them and then hoping you grabbed the correct skill at the right time.

As for Aaron's version, it's currently available on iPhone, iPad and WebOS. I should also mention that it's a preview right now, so not all levels are available. That said, Aaron has been emailing me letting me know that not only are more levels coming, but FREE UPDATES will be coming, too. As of this writing it has some quirks, like not being able to resume where you left off, but Aaron promises to fix them along with adding more levels and surprises.

Also, if you get stuck on a level, he's been busy adding solutions.

I'm completely addicted to the iPad version, with its special HD-sized graphics. I definitely can't put the game down. See a video below of the iPad version in action on one of the "soon to be released" medium levels.

If you loved Lemmings as a kid, or are looking for a new addiction on your iPhone, iPad or WebOS-based device, check out Caveman.

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