Developer: Trendy Entertainment
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Chicken Coup is reminiscent of Flight Control. You have to drag the hens, roosters and foxes to their respective barns as quickly as possible before the foxes manage to steal your poultry. Rather than in Flight Control, where you have to direct the planes and helicopters to their exit, Chicken Coup allows you to physically drag the creatures to their barn. This makes for a much more frantic and less tactical experience.

The game uses the Unreal Engine and it shows. The graphics are quite luscious but they also suffer from a bit of slowdown, especially when things get particularly hectic or an achievement pops up. This was even after a restart as the game wouldn’t even load at first. Clearly, Chicken Coup could do with a bit of optimisation to make the game more stable to run. There are three different stages in all, each with their own goal to aim for if you want to unlock the next one. They’re quite tough to start with too as things get really frantic after a while. Bonus points are available when you chain a load of chickens together and there are also Chicken bombs to unleash which clear the screen, giving you time to regain control of the situation.

Chicken Coup makes for a fun game to dive into for short doses. It ticks all the right boxes. It’s simple to get into and the control system is responsive. Game Center support provides you with a nice selection of achievements to aim for and the global leaderboard is great for comparing scores with friends. Throw in the low price and this is worth a look if you want something frivolous but fun. Just watch out for the bugs and slowdown which lets the score down a little.

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