Shaun the Sheep - Home Sheep Home 2 Review
- Loveable illustrated visual design; charmingly detailed animations.
- Intuitive controls; players can now also tap sheep to select them.
- Two adventures complete with bonus levels to unlock for a challenge; 40 levels all-up currently.
- Universal build.
- Initial build experiencing serious crashing issues for some; developer already working on fixes.
- Slippery controls / physics; jumps and other maneuvers can be needlessly tricky to perform.
Home Sheep Home 2 takes its Lost Vikings style puzzle platforming a step further than the original, adding more content and challenges for those who demand something a bit more brain tickling.
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While perhaps it's too soon to call something like Shaun the Sheep a childhood classic, the character who first saw an appearance during the Wallace & Gromit short 'A Close Shave' has become one of Aardman Animation's staples. Shaun's first appearance on iOS devices along with Shirley and Timmy was decent, but the current sequel to Home Sheep Home has learned from past mistakes, making it a seriously fun and cute puzzler.
Much like the original, Home Sheep Home 2 is set in the world of Shaun the Sheep with the ovine-trio attempting to make their way back home after setting out (inadvertently) on an adventure or two. Your task is to guide them to the level's exit by exploiting the individual traits of each character: Shaun is fast and great at jumping; Timmy is a baby, but perfect for crawling through tight spaces; and Shirley doesn't know when to stop eating, making her a great platform for jumps, a heavy weight, or a bulldozer for shifting objects. It's a formula we've seen many times before, but the magic is in its execution.
As to be expected, the game makes use of physics-based puzzles, but like many Lost Vikings style platformers there's a tendency for things to behave badly (getting stuck or easily dying), making them frustrating. Not so with Home Sheep Home 2 as each sheep can jump over the other (yes, even Timmy can jump over Shirley) while utilizing features such as explosives and swimming without risk of harming the wooly creatures. The puzzles themselves also go well beyond the simple tasks of the original, making great use of each character while providing harder challenges in the form of collectables and hidden items that require even more juggling to obtain.
Where the first game simply repackaged its free Flash version on to the App Store, this title goes a step further by only releasing the second chapter online, leaving players with a lot more value for their money as they complete around 40 levels (15 per chapter with 5 bonus levels each).
In a way, Home Sheep Home 2 feels like the game that should have been released the first time around. It sounds like harsh praise, but those who feel like they were burned with the original should definitely give this game a go. If you're a gamer who loves their puzzle platformers (or you're a fan of Shaun the Sheep), this is an easy title to recommend.
DescriptionAn official Shaun the Sheep app from Aardman Animations
"Loveable illustrated visual design; charmingly detailed animations" — AppSpy
"Home Sheep Home 2 takes all the parts that were good from the first game and builds on them to create an excellent puzzle game" — AppGamer
"For adults, this game is a coffee-break hero. For families, or for kids alone, it’s a fantastic little thinker brimming with classic Aardman character. " — DIYgamer
Shaun the Sheep's BAFTA-nominated puzzle game is back for a second baa-rilliant adventure!
Join Shaun, Timmy and Shirley as they journey through over 60 levels of underground caverns, negotiate the busy streets of London and teleport through outer space all in search of the green, green grass of home. Use each sheep’s unique abilities to shove, leap, squeeze and swim your way through underground tunnels, abandoned mineshafts - and even evade the guards at Buckingham Palace!
• WOOLY PUZZLE FUN
Home Sheep Home 2 retains the simple controls and tricky puzzles that made the first game so popular. Control Shaun, Timmy or Shirley and use sheep-teamwork to get to the end of each stage.
• OVINE OBJECTIVES
Each stage is littered with collectables including smelly socks, cupcakes and even game controllers - but you’ll need to be top of the flock to collect them all! Think outside the box and use the special abilities of each sheep wisely to fully complete each level.
• BAA BAA BONUS
Think you’ve mastered the game? Test your skills on some fiendishly difficult bonus levels, which provide a new take on some familiar stages! Show the world what you’re made of with leaderboards and achievements.
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