Developer: Turtle Rock Studios, Inc.
Price: $.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Leap Sheep! HD is a casual, pick-up-and-play game where shepherds players are tasked with helping their never-ending flock of cute, talented, little sheep over a fence, to virtual freedom. To do so, players simply tap each sheep as it approaches the fence to make it jump, then tap it again, at the peak of the sheep’s leap, to make the sheep execute a trick (a flip, which is no small feat for even a sheep). Doing so successfully will increase the player’s score multiplier and fill the ram gauge, located along the right of the screen, which produces a ram each time it’s filled. Failure to do so, will cause the sheep to become stuck at the fence. That said, payers are awarded points for successfully leaping over the fence, but completing tricks are crucial, as failure to fill the ram gauge as the game progresses will undoubtedly result in a screen filled with stuck sheep. Once the sheep become backed up to the edge of the (left) screen, it’s game over.

As the ram gauge completely fills, players are rewarded with rams, who can be used to force stuck sheep (lone sheep or an entire row), i.e. sheep who weren’t launched soon enough, etc., over the fence, clearing the screen for more game play. Ensuring your ram queue is full will ultimately determine your success/progression in the game, as the longer into the game one progresses, the number of sheep crossing the screen at the same time increases, requiring players to multi-task their way to a high/higher score. Sheep bounce across the screen in three different areas (top, middle and bottom), at varying speeds/bounce as the game progresses.

Leap Sheep! HD’s graphics and sound are not what you would expect from/within a barnyard: Clean, crisp and colorful. The game play can be a tripe frustrating (rimshot, please), as sheep must be at the peak of their jump in order to successfully pull off a trick and the screen/touch controls are not as responsive as they could be. Be that as it may, this is pretty much the only flaw I could find with the game play/game play mechanics.

Leap Sheep! HD uses Plus+ for Leaderboards/Awards/Achievements, which help add to the game’s longevity, but not much. While the game is cute, colorful and fun to play, it lacks essential elements which would add to it’s replay value, such as difficulty levels and additional content.

Overall, Leap Sheep! HD is a fun game in small spurts, but its inhibited game play/lack of features won’t win it any Blue Ribbons. Even so, it’s a fun, albeit short, ride.

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