Hearken ye souls to a tale from the abyss, a legend entrenched in the grim annals of history best left forgotten. A tale of platforming puzzles most tawdry in Home Sheep Home from Aardman Animations. In it, you must guide three wayward souls home across a treacherous landscape of... sorry, what's that?
Wh... no! No, stop that! It is not cute! What's wrong with you?!
You control your small flock of sheep (dangerous sheep!) with the [WASD] or [arrow] keys, swapping between them by either clicking on their icons (grim, gritty icons!) at the top of the screen, or numbers , , and . You'll need to get all three of them to the sign at the end of the level to proceed. You'll also need to figure out which sheep is best for the job, since the, ah, dimensions of each beast make some better suited for some tasks than others. Namely, pushing trampolines and hay bales, or crawling through tunnels. Truly, these are dark, unnatural tasks!
And it is definitely not cute! It's a seedy story of vengeance and utter darkness in the darkest of dark places that, um... are... dark-ier... oh, forget it.
Analysis: Okay, so, hey, you guys, maybe Home Sheep Home is a little cute. Like, girlish squealing, "Lookit his wee little trotty hooves!" cute. There's a lot of personality packed in these sketchy little graphics that gives the whole thing an appealing, children's book aesthetic. Unsurprising given its roots in Wallace and Gromit, where Shaun made his first appearance when he was shorn. (Say that with the proper accent and you'll make the name connection.)
The problem is that Shaun and company occasionally feel like they're relying on that top-notch presentation to see them through. Gameplay is extremely simple, and most levels probably won't require a restart even if you're playing without hints. While a few levels do contain a sort of "cross your fingers and hope for the best" physics trickiness, most of them can simply be bulldozed awkwardly through. The levels are so small that their designs don't allow for a lot of complexity. Which, while admittedly making the game accessible to pretty much anyone, means those of you who pride yourselves on your unfathomably intricate brains and reflexes aren't going to find a whole lot of challenge here. Sorry, fr4gm45ter66. Looks like it's back to pwning newbs.
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But you don't always need a challenge to enjoy yourself, and Home Sheep Home is the sort of fluffy, bouncy fun that we could all use once in a while. There are only fifteen levels, and in most cases this is probably just the right size to fit into your lunch break. (Or, depending on your age, before The Fairly Odd Parents come on.) Short and sweet, Home Sheep Home is a gentle adventure for any fan of puffy wool and stampy hooves. It's just the thing to make you feel better when you're feeling baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!
... where are you going?! Oh come on, I had to put that pun in somewhere! Don't act like you weren't expecting it!
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