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iFone brings Lemmings to mobile phones

Mobile game developer and publisher iFone has secured the rights to release Lemmings titles on mobile platforms, with the first ever mobile phone Lemmings game set to arrive in the North American and European markets in time for Christmas.

Mobile game developer and publisher iFone has secured the rights to release Lemmings titles on mobile platforms, with the first ever mobile phone Lemmings game set to arrive in the North American and European markets in time for Christmas.

The deal, which has been signed with Sony Computer Entertainment's Psygnosis division (which published Lemmings in its former life as an independent publisher), grants iFone multi-year exclusive wireless rights to the franchise.

Lemmings was originally developed by DMA Design, the Scottish studio which went on to create Grand Theft Auto and is now known as Rockstar North, and was one of the most successful videogame series of the nineties, selling over 10 million copies across its various incarnations.

The puzzle-focused gameplay sees players attempting to rescue a group of mindlessly suicidal Lemmings by removing dangerous obstacles from their path or redirecting them through new routes on the map.

"The Lemmings franchise is an excellent fit for the wireless gaming environment," according to iFone CEO Morgan O'Rahilly. "It is already a huge brand, it is incredibly addictive and it fits the small form factor perfectly. The franchise is one of the few seminal gaming experiences, a deceptively simple action-puzzle that gives hours of entertainment."

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