Video Game: The Adventures of Lomax
The Adventures of Lomax
(known in Europe as simply Lomax
) is a 2D Platform Game
and a spin-off
of the Lemmings
series. It was made by Psygnosis
in 1996 and is a Spiritual Successor
to The Misadventures of Flink
, which has the same kind of gameplay. It was released on the original PlayStation
and on PC.
You play as Lomax, a lemming hero who has to save the Lemmingland from Evil Ed, a bad lemming wizard who transforms lemmings into all sorts of monsters. In order to succeed in his quest, Lomax utilizes two of the classic lemming skills — builder and basher — as well as the magical abilities of his magic helmet.
Not to be confused with The Lorax
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This video game provides examples of:
- 1-Up: The relatively rare 1-Up balloons. You also get one when you collect 100 coins.
- 2½D: The game utilizes this at times, with you moving between various planes of the level set in the background and foreground. There are also some obstacles that attempt to use 3D perspective, like spiky balls that are attached to a chain and swing towards and away from the screen.
- Abnormal Ammo: The bullets shot by the cowboys from the third world are somehow alive, and start walking on their own after landing on the ground. They explode after a few moments.
- Action Bomb / Suicide Attack: The barrel enemies from the first world stop dead and explode after a brief moment when you get close.
- All There in the Manual: Both the story and Lomax's personality are only described in the manual.
- Anti-Frustration Features: The game is very generous in providing plenty of pots that pop out of the ground and contain either spare helmets or additional uses of an ability. It helps in situations where lacking a helmet or an ability would make the level unwinnable, and in such crucial moments, these pots will keep infinitely reappearing if you run out of either.
- Auto-Scrolling Level: The boss stages in the first 3 worlds.
- Background Boss: Every boss in the game. At the end of the first 3 worlds, it's airships shooting rockets at you. At the end of the fourth world, it's Evil Ed who causes bombs and boulders to appear on the stage.
- Bald of Evil: Evil Ed, although he has some hair on the sides of his head.
- Big Boo's Haunt: The second world is a sort of a haunted forest with zombies, vampires, werewolves and such, also with occasional levels near water and on haunted ship wrecks.
- Blob Monster: The enemies from the space world. They look like blobs of green goo when walking, but turn into a humanoid shape when attacking.
- Bonus Stage: When you defeat 50 enemies, the exit at the end of the current level will bring you to a bonus stage, where you have a limited time to collect loads of money. The stage itself is made entirely out of money, too. No enemies to be found, and dying only brings you to the next level.
- Boss-Only Level: Downplayed a bit in that there's a short platforming section before the actual boss fight.
- Bottomless Pits: Plentiful. Especially annoying in The Wild West world and right before the fight with Evil Ed.
- Character Title: Especially in the European versions, where it's simply called Lomax.
- Check Point: Crossing a rope hanged between two sticks saves your progress on the level.
- Collision Damage: In a typical platformer fashion, touching enemies hurts you.
- Cool Helmet / Hat of Power: Lomax's helmet. It can be thrown like a boomerang, it can be thrown to explode (somehow multiplying itself in the process), its plume can stretch and grab certain surfaces, it can work like Helicopter Hair, and of course, wearing the helmet provides a protection from being a One-Hit-Point Wonder.
- Conspicuous CG: Although the game is almost entirely in 2D, there are a few elements that are, for some reason, made in 3D, and due to their low level of detail it's rather noticeable. The most egregious examples are obstacles that attempt to use 3D perspective, usually only creating confusion about whether they're currently in a position where they can hit you or not.
- Cowboy: The enemies in The Wild West world.
- Death from Above: In the first world, the enemies who fly in balloons and throw bombs at you.
- Dem Bones: The skeleton enemies from the haunted ship levels.
- DreamWorks Face: Just look at the game cover.
- Excuse Plot: Big time. There isn't even any actual explanation about the story in the game itself (only in the manual). You just go around, defeating enemies and going through worlds that are hardly connected to each other (Lemmingland, horror world, The Wild West and Space Zone), culminating with you fighting against the game's Final Boss that you saw earlier only on the world map shown between levels.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: As expected from a platformer like this.
- Everything's Worse with Bees: The bees from the third world, which mostly act as an obstacle flying in a predictable pattern.
- Exposition Fairy: The Old Wise Lorock. Touching his floating hat makes him appear and share some gameplay tip.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil Ed, when seen on the world map between levels, keeps smoking a cigarette.
- Goomba Stomp: Subverted - you can jump on enemies, but you only bounce off their heads, without damaging them.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The coins and freed lemmings.
- Hand or Object Underwear: When you hit a werewolf, it transforms into a small naked lemming who does that.
- Helicopter Hair: The plume of Lomax's helmet can work like this if you have the proper ability.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Evil Ed causes boulders to appear on the stage, and you need to throw them at him in order to defeat him.
- Idle Animation: Lomax looks around when standing still.
- Infinite 1-Ups: There are a few levels where there is more than one 1-Up available, enabling you to get all of them, kill yourself, and repeat as many times as you want.
- Knockback: Happens when Lomax is hit. Can be rather annoying if it happens while you're jumping over a Bottomless Pit...
- Law of 100: Collecting 100 coins gives you an additional life. Averted with defeated enemies - you gain access to a bonus level after defeating only 50 of them.
- Mercy Invincibility: Standard for platformers, as long as you're wearing a helmet. It comes with a certain annoyance: if you get hit, your spare helmet that is placed in the slot at the top of the screen starts falling down; if you can't catch it in time, you are left with none and become a One-Hit-Point Wonder.
- Mook Maker: In the second world there are coffins that sometimes pop out of the ground and start spitting out zombies. They keep doing that until they run out of zombies or until you destroy them.
- Not Quite Dead: Deployed two times by Evil Ed. First, destroying the floating rock that he's standing on will make him fall down, presumably to his doom, but then he pulls off a One-Winged Angel moment. Then he falls down again but hangs to the stage for his life. Only making him fall for the third time causes him not to come back.
- Obstructive Foreground: There are clouds of smoke(?) in The Wild West world that act like this, possibly deliberately.
- Oddball in the Series: Most Lemmings games are puzzle games that follow the same general gameplay: you have to lead a number of lemmings to safety, utilizing all sorts of skills. This game, on the other hand, is a platformer. It shares the title of an oddball together with Lemmings Paintball, which is an isometric Third-Person Shooter.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Lomax without his helmet.
- One-Winged Angel: Evil Ed transforms into a huge grotesque version of himself when defeated for the first time.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: The werewolves are giant humanoid creatures that jump at you when they see you. Hit them once and they turn into a tiny, embarrassed lemming.
- Our Vampires Are Different: First, they fly as a bat over your head. When they land, they turn into a fanged lemming dressed like someone from The Matrix and shoot a bolt of energy at you. If you won't defeat them quickly after they do that, they'll just turn back into a bat and fly away.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The Technically Living Zombie variant. The zombies you encounter in the second world are blue and do the Zombie Gait at first, but start running angrily when hit once, and turn into normal lemmings when you hit them the second time.
- Password Save: After every level, you receive a code consisting of 8 symbols, which happen to be the classic PlayStation symbols. They're present even on PC. They preserve information like which level you reached and how many lives and continues you have.
- Reforged into a Minion: What Evil Ed does to all the lemmings except Lomax and The Old Wise Lorock.
- Respawning Enemies: The enemies have a fascinating tendency of appearing (and sometimes even disappearing) where you were a second ago the first moment the spawn area is off-screen.
- Rewarding Vandalism: Destroying pots sometimes causes an additional coin to fall out.
- Scenery Porn: The backgrounds and overall looks of the levels are quite pretty for their time.
- Single-Use Shield: Wearing a helmet allows you to take one hit without dying.
- Space Zone: The last world. It kind of looks like pieces of moon's surface suspended in space. Despite its looks, the world functions just like the previous worlds and there's no difference in gravity and such.
- Spin Attack: The only attack Lomax can use when not wearing a helmet. Since nearly every enemy is susceptible to it and you are invincible to nearly every attack while you do it, you are very likely to keep using it without ever bothering to use the helmet attack instead.
- Super Drowning Skills: If Lomax falls into water, he can still jump out once if you're fast enough. Fall into water for the second time or don't jump out fast enough, and he'll drown.
- Too Dumb to Live: Defeated enemies turn into normal lemmings. It can be heartwarming to see them happily run away and then float away on their umbrellas... until you reach the levels with water and then see them merrily jump into water and drown themselves immediately after rescuing.
- Threatening Shark: In some of the levels with water present, sharks appear from time to time to either start swimming in one direction and chomp continuously, or outright jump out of the water to bite you.
- Video Game Caring Potential: You can make it your holy mission to defeat every single enemy you come across, since it turns them back into normal lemmings.
- Video Game Lives: You have a limited amount of lives. Should you run out of them, you have 3 continues available that bring you to the beginning of the level with 3 additional lives.
- The Wild West: The third world, complete with cowboy enemies.
- A Winner Is You: You defeat the Big Bad and he falls down in a bunch of explosions. Then, The Old Wise Lorock pops in and tells you that you saved Lemmingland. Bye! Roll credits.