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Review: Flock It!

February 2, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 12:41 PM

Category: Games

Price: $ 2.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later
Version: 2.0

What's good: Ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern day world? Now you don't need to go for a long drive up to the countryside, because Score Studios brings the peace and tranquility of open fields and fresh air to you with their highly acclaimed iPhone app Flock It! As the title so obviously suggests, the goal of this time-management-cum-puzzle game is to be shepherd to your flock of sheep. There are thirty different scenarios set in various acres of land - from lush green terrain to snow-covered grounds to immaculately tilled soil - each with a distinct layout and new dangers to beware of. You'll start with simple landscapes where you basically tap your finger at a specific point on the screen to deliver a herding dog's bark and move the sheep away from that spot. Get all the sheep safely to the pen intact and on time, and collect stars along the way to earn the three badges that are available per stage. Things may be straightforward at first, but as you move through the game you'll encounter muddy patches that will turn your sheep's wool brown and force them to plow along at an extremely slow pace, electric fences and treacherous rivers that you'll want to avoid at all cost, scarecrows that for its purposes in the game might be aptly renamed 'scaresheep', and other impediments that will make it a challenge for you to plot the shortest and fastest course to the blessedly dry and danger-free pen. If you don't win all three '100% Wool', 'All Stars', and 'In Time' medals, you can always go back and try again. With fast reactions and some skill, you'll also unlock various achievements that include awards for herding a hundred sheep, finding ten wolves, and getting all badges, to name a few. The developers even threw in six exciting mini-games to add some variety to gameplay, which in itself is refreshingly innovative and manages to combine both the peaceful atmosphere of shepherding with the hectic challenge of, well, shepherding. Clean, crisp cartoon graphics and humorous animations top off a great package - one that's worth every cent of its price and will surely bring a smile to your face as you tap your way through hours of simplistic fun!

Suggestions for improvement: When the sheep move to the edges of the screen or get herded to the side of fences, it sometimes can be difficult to get them away. There are even times when they'd simply refuse to move no matter how many times or how closely you position the bark at them, which will cause you to lose the time badge at the very least. We also wish to see more levels in future update, and hopefully leaderboards as well.

Graphics - 4.75/5 Creativity - 4.75/5 Gameplay - 4.75/5 Controls - 5/5
App-reciation - 4.75/5

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