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Color Sheep Review

By Dave Flodine, on March 23, 2013


Color Sheep
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PROS

  • The end of each stage leaves you feeling accomplished.
  • Great classical music backing.

CONS

  • Introduces too much, too fast.

VERDICT

Color Sheep is a reaction based skill tester at its core, throwing you to the wolves and having you mix the right colors to stay alive. It likely has a very specific audience.


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In looking at the description of Color Sheep in iTunes, the game is not recommended to those with color blindness. This is indeed a smart recommendation as what we have here is a color matching skill tester disguised as a sheep defending his land from a pack of wolves by firing lasers out of his mouth. It's a good disguise... a wolf in sheep's clothing if you will, but people with color blindness aside, this might only appeal to a certain type of gamer due to the reaction time involved in progression.

The tutorial shows you the basics. You have three color buttons and a light and dark button. Tapping a color and either light and dark will turn the sheep that color in a bright or dull tint, and pressing the reset button will turn the sheep black. When the sheep is tapped, a laser will fire out of its mouth, destroying any wolves that color, and scoring you multipliers if you happen to take out more than one with a single blast. Along the way power-ups may float down that when tapped on give you slow-down or screen clearing abilities, but the main issue here is how fast the wolves move, and how quickly new mechanics are added.

Introduced in the second stage is the mechanic of combining two colors plus the light button to take on different colored wolves. Then in stage three, it's combining all three colors to take on gray and white wolves, and then in stage four with all this behind you, you learn now to combine two colors plus the dark button. The game mixes up all these mechanics right away, and if a wolf gets to you, that's it. Game over. Time to start again. The fast pace means you succeed or fail based on how quickly your eyes, brain, and memory process and respond to the wolf onslaught, and while like anything, the better you get the more you play, those that don't respond well won't wish to continue.

But for those that gel with this game, the world is very colorful (you would hope given the title), with a lot of the power-up effects being quite impressive. The classical music backing also adds an epic quality to the gameplay, which is kind of amusing considering the premise. If you enjoy tests of skill, rising to the challenge, and what this game asks of you with its simple, yet complex mechanic, Color Sheep should entertain. Other gamers will probably just end up frustrated.

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