Flockers is a marriage of two of my favourite games, Lemmings and Worms. It sees you guiding a flock of sheep through levels constructed from saw blades, metal presses, and spike traps. One misstep and your sheep will be mutton faster than you can say “Mint sauce”.
Even better, the game’s being developed by Team17, the studio that made Worms in the first place. As such, expect violence induced giggles and bad accents.
While there’s no in-game footage yet, Team17 have released a short cinematic that gets across something of the tone of the game.
Is bloody a tone?
There’s not been a decent Lemmings game since Pygnosis were bought by Sony and became Sony Liverpool (which was recently closed and reborn as Firesprite). They were a spiffing series of puzzle games that saw you guiding a collective a little green haired folk in blue robes through a maze of noose traps, spike pits, and fire spewing pipes. Like an Oxford don at a rugby match, the Lemmings games left were clever and gleefully violent. They’ve been missed round these parts (these parts being the general locale of my bedroom. You’re all invited to that locale but, well, it might be a little awkward: my empty pick’n’mix cups are piling up).
According to the press release sent out by Team17, Flockers will be coming to Steam Early Access later this year.