Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Racing games are ten a penny, but racing games with sheep - now that's something original. And Sheeple Chase is indeed rather quirky, vaguely original fun. It's also really rather hard in no time at all.
The premise is simple. You play a sheep who has to outrun his farmyard foe the pig, while quickly dodging all manners of farm based obstacles such as cows, tractors, hay bales and more. It's a slightly frantic experience. All you control is the direction in which you run rather than the speed. To build up speed you have to run over arrows and under rainbow arches in order to go faster. After the first couple of gentle levels, you have to react quickly and precisely in order to win. More pig opponents appear too, all desperate to push you out of the way.
It's hard. Oh so very hard. Even by the second cup, the Farmyard cup, winning is much harder to achieve, or even anything better than last. But there's something about Sheeple Chase that keeps you playing. Maybe it's the cutesy appearance or maybe it's down to the plethora of puns at every turn. You can't help but smile while also being infuriated by just how precise you need to move. Tilt based controls are available as well as touching the direction, but I found this more awkward than just touching the buttons.
Besides the single player mode, there's also the ability to create your own tracks and share them via bluetooth which is a nice touch although perhaps not one you'll find yourself using a huge deal. At least not after the initial excitement.
It's a simple game indeed but you'll find yourself playing Sheeple Chase for long enough to warrant the $0.99 price quite easily. It's also ideal to show kids although I fear the intrusive difficulty level restricts how much fun they'll have with it.