Top Dog – Farmyard Adventures [rating: 4/5]
Top Dog by Flightless is a fun farmyard game. It is your job to herd all the animals back into their correct home. The sheep into their pen, the pigs into their mud sty and the ducks back in their pond.
When you first start the game you guide your dog by drawing a line with your finger and the dog walks where you have drawn it. The idea is to draw the line to push and slowly guide your animals home. So if you wanted the sheep to go right you would draw your line to the left of them. This blocks their way and they go the other route right where you wanted them to go. They are scattered all over the grassy farm and one by one you put them back in. Another way to control them in is that you put your dog close to them and just move in their way with your finger to make them go in the direction you want. This I think made it a little easier which is good for younger children.
You go through each level chasing and putting the sheep back in their pen. Then you will do the same with the pigs and ducks into their own home. Each time an animal is put in the pen or pond it tells you how many more you have to find and bring back.
There are different challenges to achieve. On the small farm there are four easy ones and on the large farm there are four hard. I personally would start with the easy just to get the hang of what you are doing, when you get to the hard bit you should be able to whizz round in no time!
Depending how quick you herd the animals you can earn bronze, silver or gold ribbons. There are bonus bones scattered about for you to collect as well. You will know when you have got them because your little dog chops away loudly on them! Each time you play a game it records your stats, so you can see at a glance how many sheep, ducks or pigs you have collected. It even shows the amount of bones you collect.
The 2D graphics for the game are good. They are nice and clear and it is easy to tell which animal is which and the view is from above so you are looking down on the farm. They make great farmyard noises which is sure to go down well with any child. Lots of birds tweeting and then the animals making their own noises. I loved the sound of the oinks from the pigs, all very realistic!
Once you have completed the challenges in each mode whether it be easy or hard theres not a lot left to do except replay the levels trying to improve your score and speed. You can also try collect the different ribbons though so it is good to put down and play again later. I know from experience children love to win trophies and this game offers just that with the ribbons.
It is a one player game and normally with this type of game I’d say it would work well with openfeint features. This time though I think they chose correctly not to put it on any global leaderboard. Aimed at mainly children I think openfeint is not needed and it works well as it is just offering the player ribbons for rewards for their challenge.
Top Dog is a great game for kids but with hard and easy option it is suitable for any age.
- Great amusing sound effects
- Nice graphics
- Children will love it.
The Not So Good
- A few more levels would be great.
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Apr 16, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
1.0 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 8.0 MB
Seller: Flightless Limited
© 2010 Flightless Ltd
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.2 or later.