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Release rateRelease rate
Other versions
Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear
Water and trap omitted from level preview

Difficulty Fun
Level # 21
No. of Lemmings 100
To be Saved 60%
Release Rate 50
Time 8 Minutes
Skills Available 20 of each
Level Chronology
Previous We are now at LEMCON ONE
SEGA One (Sega Master System/Game Gear)
Don't let your eyes deceive you (ZX Spectrum)
Next A Beast of a level
Go for it! (Replacement level)
I've lost that Lemming feeling (Windows, Playstation and ZX Spectrum versions)

"You Live and Lem" is the twenty-first level of the Fun difficulty in Lemmings.


Make the second lemming out a Blocker at the top of the hill. The first lemming out can then mine through the thick wall to the right to reach ground level, then bash through the second wall. Avoid springing the Bear Trap trap by building over it. Once the first lemming has finished, bomb or bash just underneath the Blocker to release the rest of the lemmings.

Atari Lynx strategy[]

Turn the second Lemming into a Blocker to hold the other lemmings back while the Trailblazer mines through the wall and builds over the water to reach the exit. Bomb the Blocker when there is a safe path to the exit.

ZX Spectrum strategy[]

Have the second and third lemmings block both ends of the entrance to contain the other lemmings. Your Trailblazer must bash through the wall, build over the chasm and then bash to the exit. Blow up the right Blocker when it is safe to do so.

Version differences[]

Atari Lynx
  • Only has 40 Lemmings and 26 must be saved.
  • The bear trap is missing.
  • Only has 80 Lemmings.
  • Because of the high resolution graphics, there are "thorns" in the terrain that turn Lemmings back before encountering the Bear Trap.
ZX Spectrum
  • Only has 20 lemmings and 14 must be saved.
  • Only 10 of each skills are available.
  • There is no well to the left of the entrance.
  • Part of the ground level terrain is missing.
2006 Remake
  • 11 minute time limit.

Access codes[]

  • Acorn Archimedes / Atari Lynx: TODAYTODAY
  • DOS:
  • Macintosh: LNHCAKNFDS
  • PC:
  • ZX Spectrum: MLHBEJLNCY


  • This is the 2nd of only 2 Dirt style levels in the Fun difficulty rating (The first is Just dig!).
  • A back route can be done in this level, making it possible to avoid the Bear trap below.
  • This map is also used in level 26 of the Mayhem difficulty, The Steel Mines of Kessel.
    • In the Atari Lynx version, both levels have the same name.
  • This is Level 13 on the Spectrum and Amstrad CPC versions of Lemmings.
  • This level's title is a pun on the phrase "you live and learn".

Lemmings Levels
Fun Just dig!Only floaters can survive thisTailor-made for blockersNow use miners and climbers
You need bashers this timeA task for blockers and bombersBuilders will help you hereNot as complicated as it looks
As long as you try your bestSmile if you love LemmingsKeep your hair on Mr. LemmingPatienceWe all fall down
Origins and LemmingsDon't let your eyes deceive youDon't do anything too hastyEasy when you know how
Let's block and blow!Take good care of my LemmingsWe are now at LEMCON ONEYou Live and Lem
A Beast of a levelI've lost that Lemming feelingKonbanwa Lemming SanLemmings Lemmings everywhere
Nightmare on Lem StreetLet's be careful out thereIf only they could flyworra lorra LemmingsLock up your Lemmings
Tricky This should be a doddle!We all fall downA ladder would be handyHere's one I prepared earlier
Careless clicking costs livesLemmingologyBeen there, seen it, done itLemming sanctuary in sight
They just keep on comingThere's a lot of them aboutLemmings in the atticBitter LemmingLemming Drops
MENACING !!Ozone friendly LemmingsLuvly JublyDiet LemmingaidIt's Lemmingentry Watson
Postcard from LemminglandOne-way digging to freedomAll the 6'sTurn around young lemmings!
From The Boundary LineTightrope CityCascadeI have a cunning planThe Island of the Wicker people
Lost something?Rainbow IslandThe Crankshaft
Taxing If at first you don't succeed..Watch out, there's traps aboutHeaven can wait (we hope!!!!)Lend a helping hand....
The Prison!Compression Method 1Every Lemming for himself!!!The Art GalleryPerseverance
Izzie Wizzie lemmings get busyThe ascending pillar scenarioLivin' On The EdgeUpsidedown WorldHunt the Nessy....
What an AWESOME levelMary Poppins' landX marks the spotTribute to M.C.EscherBomboozalWalk the web rope
Feel the heat!Come on over to my placeKing of the castleTake a running jump.....Follow the leader...Triple Trouble
Call in the bomb squadPOOR WEE CREATURES!How do I dig up the way?We all fall down
Mayhem Steel WorksThe Boiler RoomIt's hero time!The CrossroadsDown, along, up. In that orderOne way or another
Poles ApartLast one out is a rotten egg!Curse of the PharaohsPillars of HerculesWe all fall downThe Far Side
The Great Lemming CaperPea SoupThe Fast Food Kitchen...Just a Minute...Stepping Stones
And then there were four....Time to get up!No added colours or LemmingsWith a twist of lemming please
A BeastII of a levelGoing up...All or NothingHave a nice day!The Steel Mines of KesselJust a Minute (Part Two)
Mind the step.....Save MeRendezvous at the Mountain