Sheep (video game)

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Sheep
Developer(s) Mind's Eye Productions
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, OS X
Release PlayStation & Microsoft Windows
  • NA: 6 November 2000 (PS)
  • EU: 17 November 2000
  • NA: 29 November 2000 (PC)
  • JP: 14 June 2001 (PS only)
  • EU: 14 August 2008 (PSN)
  • JP: 25 April 2012 (PSN)
Game Boy Advance
  • JP: 18 April 2002
  • EU: 31 May 2002
  • NA: 2002
OS X
2004
Genre(s) Strategy, puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Sheep is a strategy puzzle video game released for PlayStation, Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. In 2001 it was released for OS X by Feral Interactive.

Gameplay[edit]

Sheep bears some resemblance to the video game Lemmings. The player can choose between 4 herders, the people Adam Halfpint and Bo Peep, and the dogs Motley and Shep.

The player must then guide sheep of 4 types (Factorial, Longwool, NeoGenetic, and Pastoral), actually aliens from the planet Ovis Aries, through a series of obstacles to the finish line in the level.

There are a series of different worlds, starting with Polygon Farm and on to others, such as Village Fete and Lost in Space. If you collect all the golden sheep trophies in a world, you get to play a bonus game, devised from some other, like Snake (in this version, you are riding a sheep, and have to collect the trapped sheep in bubbles).

The obstacles between you and victory vary from world to world, including tractors, knights, archers and demonic chefs. Eventually, you must thwart the schemes of the mad scientist Mr. Pear and his hench-cows.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC Gamer (US) 79%[1]
Computer Games Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Macworld 3.5/5 stars[3]

Sheep received mixed reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation version 74.14% and 71/100,[4][5] the PC version 74.08% and 73/100[6][7] and the Game Boy Advance version 69.67% and 67/100.[8][9]

The editors of Computer Games Magazine nominated Sheep for their 2000 "Classic Game of the Year" award.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steinberg, Scott. "Sheep". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ Markell, Dave (December 18, 2000). "Sheep". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Peter (May 2002). "The Gameroom: Myth, Magic, and Mutton". Macworld. Archived from the original on October 1, 2002. 
  4. ^ "Sheep for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sheep for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sheep for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sheep for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sheep for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sheep for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff (February 8, 2001). "Computer Games Magazine announces nominees for annual best in computer gaming awards". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005.