Home Sheep Home 2, a multi-character puzzle game developed by Aardman and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Featuring a dreamy storybook style, character attributes that create strengths and weaknesses for each, and challenging time-based puzzles, Home Sheep Home 2 is a satisfyingly fun experience (or it will be once its crashing issues are eliminated).
Home Sheep Home 2 Pros:
- Wonderful hand-drawn storybook style
- Puzzles require proper use of character strengths to solve
- Controls are simple and easy to use
- GameCenter and Crystal integration for leaderboards and achievements to earn
Home Sheep Home 2 Cons:
- Crash bug causing app instability
- Some control quirks, easy to mistap desired sheep
- Earning 3 stars can be quire difficult
There are roughly 40 levels to play, with 15 main levels and 5 bonus levels in each of the 2 stages. There are also 3 tutorial levels to familiarize the player with the control mechanics. The main characters are 3 sheep of varying size and ability. Shirley is the largest and heaviest, excelling at moving large objects and acting as a stepping stone but unable to jump high or run fast. Timmy is the smallest, giving him the ability to maneuver through tight spaces, though he drew the short stick when it comes to jumping ability. Shaun falls in the middle, tall and lean with speed and adequate leaping prowess. The goal is to get all three from the starting point to the end point in as little time as possible, snagging socks and other items along the way. You’ll need to think outside of the box to solve several of these puzzles, choosing the right animal for the right task and at the right time. Stacking sheep is a viable mechanic and often a necessity to get everyone past specific spots in the game.
Graphically, the hand-drawn, washed-out look creates a pleasing and calm atmosphere, while sheep noises that trigger when each is selected add a bit of character. The controls utilize left/right buttons in the lower left for movement and a jump button in the lower right to hop over objects. Switching characters is as easy as tapping on them, though it can be a bit confusing when they are bunched together. Each sheep’s unique voice indicates which has been tapped, but frequent retapping can lead to delays that prevent the gamer from earning all 3 stars on a level. The soundtrack is upbeat and cheery, matching the tone of the game.
Replay value is ok if you feel the need to return and play faster in an effort to pick up missed stars. We didn’t feel the strong urge to do so, but then again, the frequency of crashes back to the springboard left us frustrated and yearning to see new content rather than replay a level which we were likely to be forced to do anyway. GameCenter and Crystal integration allows for global leaderboards and a large number of achievements to earn. A universal build for $0.99, Home Sheep Home 2 is a nice 4-Dimple addition to the puzzle genre.
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