Sheeple Chase [rating: 2.5/5]
The play on words in the title is a reference to Steeple Chase which is a type of horse race where horses race against each other while jumping over fences and while the play on words works in relationship to horses being replaced by sheep but not in jumping fences as that is limited if non-existent in this game. Perhaps I shouldn’t take titles so literally though!
So, on with the game where you may have guessed it is your task is to race your sheep to the finishing line against anywhere between 1 and 3 pigs.
The game uses a top down view of the courses which have three different themes including the Countryside Cup, Farmyard Cup and Star Cup the graphics are effective if nothing spectacular.
The game uses the rare option of having the race run from the top of the screen to the bottom and this adds an extra level of complexity to the controls as this view doesn’t seem natural. Talking of controls you have a choice of either two buttons that will steer your sheep left and tight or via the accelerometer which will do the same as you tilt the device.
Speed is also controlled by the accelerometer but with no on screen gauge it feels like the only option is maximum speed or no speed at all.
Over the first few levels you won’t notice how difficult it is to combine these controls along with the down screen action but as soon as you hit the second set of eight levels in the Farmyard Cup they become very difficult to use and your sheep will start hitting anything and everything rendering the chances of you beating any of the three pigs that you are up against very difficult indeed.
The courses aren’t very long but they are full of obstacles and power-ups to help you past your piggy opponents and should you complete all the levels of the three courses you’ll unlock up to three bonus courses where you will find yourself racing against such exotic animals as ostrich and penguins.
One major bonus of Sheeple Chase is that should you not like any of the 27 courses that are built into the game you get the opportunity to create your own course thanks to the course designer that is built into the game.
It’s easy enough to design the courses and you can also share them with your friends via Blue-tooth. Unfortunately there is no multi-player option so although you can share tracks you can’t compete against your friends.
The game has a good sense of humor with many, many pig and sheep related puns but it’s not enough to push this average game over the edge to excellence which is a surprise coming from Chillingo who produce such quality titles.
- Good use of humor
- Great inclusion of a level creator
- Tricky controls
- Steep difficulty curve
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Jan 13, 2011
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 19.6 MB
Seller: Clickgamer Technologies Ltd
© Ross Styants
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later