1 2 3 Sheep! for iPhone is an engaging educational game: Review

1 2 3 Sheep! Rating: ★★★½☆

Educational games for all ages are becoming more and more popular across all platforms and no more so than the iPhone and iPod Touch. 1 2 3 Sheep! falls directly into that market as it’s a simple counting game at it’s core but also teaches the basic controls of the touch-screen controls of the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The game has a farming theme and as the title suggests it concentrates on the farmers sheep rearing. The game is split into 3 sections each with there own game. The first is Helicopter and it’s a simple counting game where you have to count the number sheep in the different groups, this obviously will help the child’s counting skills but also as you move through the 4 levels the child will also learn to use the accelerometer as they take control of the helicopter as they hunt for groups of sheep that contain a certain number as dictated by the farmer.

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It’s the friendly farmer that guides you through all the levels giving you instructions and telling you whether you are right or wrong. This is one area where the game is slightly mis-matched as the text that the child is expected read is a little advanced compared to the counting in the game itself. For the first couple of times at least the game will have to be played with supervision to teach the child the rules of the game.

Next is Round Up where you have four levels of sheep herding to contend with. Again not only will this help the child to learn division as they have to split the sheep equally amongst the various pens but it also teaches them line drawing on the touch screen as while you can send the sheep to their pens by touching them individually you can also draw circles around them to send whole groups of sheep to a given pen at the same time.

Each of the three games is split into 4 days making a total of twelve levels to complete, unfortunately as there is no scoring the replay value is limited as there is no way to compare prior scores with your latest.

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The final of the three games is Jump where multiplication is the order of the day as you help your sheep dog make it to the truck by leaping on the sheep in multiples of the number given to you once again by the farmer, again like the other two titles the game is simple to learn and should be easy for any child to pick up, however also like the other two titles once the four levels have been completed there is little replay value to the game.

What the game does offer however is the fact that it’s compatible with the App-titude online assessment which claims to be able to relay the scores of your child to their teacher providing that their school has signed up. How wide spread the sign-up to App-titude is can’t be ascertained but more can be read about it here [app-titude.com.au]

At $2.99 I would expect a little more replay value for my child to use this game, perhaps if your childs school is linked up to App-titude then it would be better value for money.

The Good

  • Polished graphics & style
  • Learn counting & touch-screen controls
  • Linked to the App-titude online assessment system

The Not So Good

  • No calibration for the accelerometer
  • Counting and reading levels out of sync. Limited replay value

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 12, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 6.3 MB
Language: English
Seller: App-titude Learning Pty Ltd
© 2010 App-titude Learning Pty Ltd
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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