Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures Review
- Publisher: Flightless
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 16 Apr, 2010
- Size: 8.1 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Unique line-drawing gameplay.
- Amusing 2D stylization.
- Clean, informative interface.
- AI can get wedged against fences or corners easily.
- Only a handful of levels per difficulty.
No matter your age, Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures is a cute and fun line-drawing game that challenges you to master the art of animal herding.
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The agricultural system of New Zealand is important to its country, providing most of its major exports to the world. Images such as a shepherd rounding up his sheep with the help of a sheepdog are iconic to NZ's pastoral landscape, so it's little wonder that local developers 'Flightless' have based their latest App Store game around this rural chore.
Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures puts you in the place of a shepherd calling out directions to his faithful sheepdog in order to round up the various farmyard animals that roam the land. You can control your dog by drawing a path for him to run around in, allowing him to herd up and hopefully corral all the animals that are scattered around in to their various pens. Each animal behaves uniquely and when grouped together they will behave as a flock, making it easier to move them along.
Top Dog uses a simple stylized top down view that makes it easy to keep track of where you're going. Each of the game's areas are significant in size and can have you chasing that last elusive duck for quite some time if you're not clever about your positioning. There isn't a lot of variety to the gameplay, but harder levels will require advanced maneuvering to separate flocks of differently colored sheep.
Such a simple, yet fun game is perfect for the younger audience Flightless have focused on, but each level can be truly challenging to complete at a gold-medal speed. A great game for casual and younger gamers.
DescriptionHelp Top Dog herd all the sheep to their pens, ducks to their ponds and pigs to their mud!
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*** Editors' Choice on the New Zealand & Australian App Stores!
*** #1 iPad game in Australia!
Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures is a beautifully designed flocking and herding game for all ages, but kids will dig it the most.
Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures is easy to play, but challenging to master. Simply draw a path to guide Top Dog around the farm. As he runs around the farm the animals scatter. It's your job to help Top Dog herd the animals to where they need to be. There are four easy challenges and four harder challenges. Earn Gold, Silver and Bronze ribbons for extra speedy herding and be on the lookout for tasty bonus bones.
For more information please visit: http://www.flightless.co.nz/topdog
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4/5 - "A great game for casual and younger gamers." - AppSpy.com
4/5 - "Beautiful 2D graphics. Fresh and fun gameplay." - Digital Reality
4/5 - "Top Dog is a great game for kids but with hard and easy options it is suitable for any age. Children will love it." - TouchReviews.net
3.5 stars - "...sometimes the simplest of ideas can prove to be a sure fire hit."
"gameplay that is amazingly addictive... truly original to the platform, and genuinely fun." - The APPera
"I guarantee that you'll go back to it and/or be late for at least one appointment because of it. Go get it!" - iPhonewzealand
- top-down 2D gameplay
- path drawing game interface, just draw where you want Top Dog to run
- real-time flocking AI with unique animal behaviours
- various sheep, ducks and pigs to herd around the farm
- authentic farm and animal sounds
- one training level
- four easy challenges on a small farm
- four hard challenges on a large farm
- gold, silver and bronze ribbons (and a happy Top Dog) for speedy herding
- saved stats between games
- Game Center leaderboards for each level and Top Dog
- a grey warbler
Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures
A Flightless Production
by John O'Reilly, Greg Harding, Lorin O'Reilly and Ali Teo
Copyright 2010 Flightless Ltd. All rights reserved.
While nearly all of the game is custom-built, some bits and pieces are powered by the Oolong Engine (http://oolongengine.com) and Irrlicht (http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net).
Top Dog sound is powered by CocosDenshion (http://www.cocos2d-iphone.org) and Freesound (http://www.freesound.org).
OUR OTHER GAMES:
What's New in Version 1.2Top Dog v1.2 changes;
To celebrate the release of our shiny new game Bee Leader, we've made the following changes to our faithful Top Dog;
- added Game Center support with leaderboards for each level
- added Game Center global leaderboard for Top Dog
- added Game Center button to Stats screen
- added promo link for Bee Leader
- made some minor tweaks under the hood
- built and tested with iOS5.x, still supports iOS3.x or newer
nb. Game Center requires iOS4.1 or newer!
Greg & John, Flightless.