Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad (third generation)
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Saving Private Sheep 2 is an Angry Birds-like physics, puzzle game with some unique elements that makes it truly fun.
The opening cutscene was funny and set up the story well. Like popular Angry Birds, the game involves using a slingshot to beat levels. Also like Angry Birds, the game involves an animal slingshotting at another animal...instead of birds vs. pigs, it’s sheep vs. foxes. And more Angry Birds similarities... levels have replay values because they can replay the levels to gain all three coins (like stars...).
But the game definitely has unique elements of its own. The sheep can pass the porcupines (slingshot ammo) to each other by slingshotting them back and forth. This gives players more angles than just the default, starting angle the original sheep has at the beginning of a level. Also, the levels are timed, which adds a faster pace to the game than other similar physics-based games. And even the coin system that looks similar to the Angry Birds star system is different in its own way. Coins aren’t based on high score but instead based on whether everything was collected in a level. If all the coins are collected while defeating a level, then all three coins are earned.
When the player earns 500 coins (or buys them with in-app purchases), they unlock the level editor and levels that other users have created. This is a particularly awesome system. Other players’ levels are rated and it gives the game an endless replay value from the true fans of the game that will continue making levels for a long time.
I only had one problem with the game. I didn’t like that it didn’t have the ability to zoom out by pinching. I often wanted to see the rest of a level and the only way to do that was to start taking aim.
I honestly had more fun with this game than Angry Birds. The element of passing the ammo between sheep made it feel like a more complex puzzle game than Angry Birds. And the game looks incredible on the new iPad’s Retina display. All of the colors are vibrant and bright. With the addition of a level editor, Saving Private Sheep 2 is a complete and well-made game.