DOS - 1996
Also available on: Windows
Description of Baldies
Baldies is a fun action/puzzle game featuring follically-challenged "Baldies." Baldies offers an extended gameplay experience that fuses the elements of Dune 2, Populous, and Lemmings, with over 80 levels, 15 special weapons, and five 3D worlds.
Each world has its own special graphics and environmental theme, including ice, grass, desert, and volcano . Hidden areas make the worlds more interesting. Each level starts with some strucutures and a few of the bald ones. Baldies reproduce into more baldies and they can be divided by the player into proportions of four categories: scientists, workers, builders and soldiers. Like most strategy games following in Dune 2's sand prints (pardon the pun), the baldies build structures, mine resources, research upgrades, and fight battles. Like Populous, the little baldies congregate around the shield icon which is placed upon the map.
Unlike Populous, the shield icon has a very small sphere of influence requiring much time and patience to move numbers of baldies to the shield location. Another problem is the inability to control individual soldiers which has not been balanced, like populous, to work with the system. Characters can be picked up and moved one at a time, but even when moved to the enemy stronghold they refuse to attack structures or enemy characters. The Baldies simply wander around being cute. This is the most frustrating part of the game--- times when you think the level will never finish.
Still, the high "cute" factor and many imaginative levels (and technologies you can research) makes Baldies one of the best Lemmings clones on the market. Thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Your name here 2018-10-28 3 points
Hi, I had this game in its original run and would like to point some inaccuracies: first of all, there is an option to efficiently move your bald followers by giving them wings temporarily and pointing them toward a specific place. This does cost resources though and as far as I remember requires development of your buildings (but I am not sure on that detail).
As for attacking structures or enemy units, your people will always wander randomly, but the soldiers (brown uniforms) will actually attack on their own, when they find an enemy or happend to stumble upon a building entrance. With enough military resource they will also shoot enemies from a distance and throw some grenades before entering a buliding.
Still, one of the biggest appeals of the game is the inherent stupidity of the little folks and the wicked and often unusual traps you can make then fall onto. Pressurised gas tanks that make people literally blow up? Rain of stones (actually mostly used to stunt building upgrades)? Skunks thrown into buildings to force everyone out (preferably toward a gigantic mine blowing up the whole structure)? I still have no idea, if the rain of fishes had any useful function.
mike 2018-05-30 0 point Windows version
the game says do u want to allow unknown publishers downloads and i click yes but nothing runs and the game wont start
UnHappyGamer 2015-02-10 1 point DOS version
This game is broke. Level 2 the research function quits working and at level 3 the mouse quits working. It is absolutely impossible to play this game. PLEASE FIX THIS ASAP!
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