And finds himself in a huge underground
wurm tunnel complex, filled with wurms
like the one he just choked to death...
Koopo: Holy shoot! I forgot the bag
of bricks inside the Wurm's mouth.. ah..
And so our hero braves onward toward
his quest for his home...
• • • • • • • • •
subterranian caves under the laboratory,
races back towards level 13 to pick
up the Scuba gear he had missed.
torrent of water slashes down upon
him and he's trapped in the water...
minutes of air left...
Not So Final Thoughts
Koopo The Lemming's first file puts the game off to a strong start. The difficulty can be a bit of a pain, (I strongly suggest naming your save so it shows up on top of the list,) but this one has a lot of creativity put into it! The ZZT Lemmings games all had to implement the major concession of there just being a single "lemming" to control, but the others all tried to stick with the same style of level design of the source material, which just doesn't work. With only one point to interact from, puzzles just turn into finding the exact spot to dig or build. Meanwhile Koopo here plays with the rules to better suit ZZT. Koopo the lemming can't do as much as Zem or Scooter can in their games, but instead focuses on making the levels stand out via unique mechanics: moving platforms, falling rocks, slime to evade, and so on. The game could end right here and I'd say it was the best of these games, but the second half really mixes things up and breaks free of the limitations imposed by being Lemmings and turns itself into something that feels far more unique and designed for ZZT.
The first file has some tedium with its stretch of "just use bash" and that kind of lousy underwater sequence, yet the good outweighs the bad. The basic levels have enough variety and attention to detail that they out-compete the more dull competition, plus the boss sequences feel really innovative. Things could be a little less punishing, suffering from a lack of a safe way to practice Koopo's abilities instead of plunging off the nearest cliff a second into the level, but despite the rough edges here and there, Koopo The Lemming is a title that still impresses today!