Troddlers is a puzzle game in the vein of Lemmings. The player takes control of an animal-like wizard who can create and remove blocks; these blocks are useful for both jumping onto and redirecting the path of the little Troddlers that you have to direct towards the exit. The tricky bit is that the Troddlers can climb walls and ceilings, following the edge of the world and the exit is often in the middle of the screen or with an obstacle in the way.
When Psygnosis released their Lemmings in 1990 the world was amazed of these little stupid creatures that needed the players help. Now (2005) we have a total of 14 Lemmings episodes (including the holiday versions). The idea of Psygnosis was brilliant!
In 1993 the people from Atod (a Scandinavian team) copied parts of the successful idea behind Lemmings and created their own help-the-little-creatures-game and named it Troddlers. In this game you need to save a bunch of small creatures named Troddlers but instead of giving them special abilities as you do in Lemmings you play the role of a little magician who can remove, transport and summon stones. The Troddlers themselves just walk straight on. They never fall down or jump off edges. Your job now is to place the stones correctly that the little Troddlers can find their way out.
It all begins quite easy in the first levels but gets harder and harder along the 160 (!) puzzles you face in one and two player mode. In the latter you can choose to do a co-op mission or fight against each other. The first who has guided the needed amount of Troddlers to the exit wins.
The controls are most controllable by using the keyboard. Press CTRL for placing a or removing a stone. With the mouse the principle is almost the same but much harder.
The sounds and music is just nice. Nothing special but at least it won't kill all of your nerves even after some hours of gameplay.
When you have finished a level you get a code. Use these codes to continue through all levels of the game (which will take a loooong time).
So the only thing I can conclude here is : 5 out of 5 points for the sweet Troddlers!
Successful games with new game principles usually spawn a long list of clones. DMA Design's Lemmings was one of these games. Troddlers by Swedish developer ATOD is one of the few Lemmings-inspired games that almost (and I would say *did*) surpass the original classic in terms of ingenuity of levels and addictiveness.
With cute graphics, lovely music and unique enough to be a good game of its own, Troddlers is a puzzle game for one or two players featuring two wizard apprentices Hokus and Pokus. There are three modes of play - 1-player, 2-player "team" and 2-player "war". A truly magnificent game, it totals an amazing 175 puzzling levels! If you are a Lemmings fan, Troddlers is simply a must-have.
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