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Saturday, 25 February 2012

PC Indie Game Review - Flying Sheeps

In Flying Sheeps by Bad Mouse Digital Art, you play a shepherd whose sheep are floating in the air and need to be brought back to the safety of their pen at ground level. You do this by manoeuvring your hot air balloon, rescuing the sheep, and bringing them back down to earth – avoiding things that block your way / burst your balloon or but the rope attaching the sheep to your balloon.

This crazy plot is the basis for this slow-moving, enjoyable and very challenging arcade puzzle game. Despite the slow movement of your hot-air balloon, the game can get pretty tense at times – with tricky tight manoeuvres to perform, and especially when airborne sheep-dogs are after your flock as you try to return to the ground. The graphics are nice and the music is really good, overall it's a very polished production.  The controls are simple and really easy to pick up, but this is one game you're definitely not going to completely master quickly.

There are 50 levels in all, and to be honest I started to find most of the levels after level 5 to be fairly challenging – so completing all 50 will take quite some time and skill. There is also a built-in level editor. The realistic physics lend the game an aura of authenticity despite the bizarre nature of what you're actually doing in the game. Each level tracks the top 3 fastest times, which adds a bit more longevity to the game.

Grammatical inaccuracy aside, Flying Sheeps is a very good game. Not only that but it's available as a pay-what-you-want download (with no minimum requirement, so you can download it for free and play it' however it's good enough quality to be worth paying for, which rewards the developers who've obviously put a lot of work into this title).

Flying Sheeps Official Website for more information, game download etc.

The minimum system specs are:

OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7
RAM: 1Gb
DirectX: 9.0c

The graphics options are fairly extensive so you should be able to play the game on a fairly low-end system, but to get the higher resolutions with all the options ramped up you're going to need some pretty decent raw GPU power.

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