Extreme Sheepdog Trials HD Edition iPad Review
- Intuitive control schemes.
- Whistle-based shepherding.
- Puzzle oriented levels for more of a challenge.
- Simplistic art direction.
- No major improvements over the iPhone version.
Extrememe Sheepdog Trials is yet another excellent arcade shepherding-based game that is great for kids and casual gamers alike, but without major improvements it's worth sticking to the iPhone version.
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Extreme Sheepdog Trials HD Edition is the iPad version of UK based developer Green Custard's take on shepherding for iDevices and 'extreme' couldn't be more appropriate as your sheepdog goes from paddock to spaceship in an effort to keep those sheep under control.
There are three major control schemes available, with the drawing controls being the easiest to initially try out. Players can direct their dog with taps or drawing paths and herds can be followed by tapping on groups, while additional taps can speed up or split the herd. In a unique twist, players can try their hand at genuine shepherding as the game recognizes a standardized set of whistles used to guide sheepdogs around large paddocks. A training mode is available to learn the four basic whistles that can then be combined using a handy chart to convey your commands. A tap-based variation on the whistle controls are also available for those after a genuine experience without annoying anyone around you.
The HD version of Extreme Sheepdog Trials suffers a bit due to the extremely zoomed out perspective that highlights the game's relatively simple art design, however herding is certainly easier thanks to being able to spot lost sheep and incoming hazards without much effort.
Extreme Sheepdog Trials is an excellent arcade shepherding game that will keep adults and children busy, but the HD version is hard to specifically recommend if you have access to an iPhone.
DescriptionExtreme Sheepdog Trials HD Edition is unique, original and thought provoking fun for the iPad, which you can even play by whistling! But don't take out word - see what the world is saying about the iPhone version:
"...Extreme Sheepdog Trials is a fun game which I find completely engrossing..." - 4 stars - TouchReviews
"...The thing with this game is, it has so many neat features that any one of them packed in to the game by themselves would have been cool enough, but the complete package is something you've really got to try..." - touchArcade
"...For those of us who are fed up of playing the same kinds of games over and over again, Extreme Sheepdog Trials is a welcome relief. It is not only refreshing but also fun with exciting game controls, and the amount of effort that the developers have put in is quite evident..." - 4 stars - iPhoneFootPrint
The HD version makes full use of the iPad's extra screen space, making the game even more fun.
The aim of Extreme Sheepdog Trials is to guide your flock of sheep using your sheep dog through three game playing zones of five levels each, ranging from simple to fiendish. This is a game of patience and skill - if you rush, the sheep may panic and you may lose control or worse push the sheep off a cliff or into a river. Compare how well you are doing with the rest of the world in our world wide rankings for each level and for the game overall and use Facebook Connect to show off your best scores to your friends. You can even play this game using whistling!