|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: DayDream Software||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: D3 Publisher||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 23, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
All the controls can be relegated to the stylus. Almost as unique as the graphics are, the control system is based on the point-and-click method, which is unusual for a game aimed at such young players. Simply use the stylus to interact with any object or character. Poke people, places, and things to move around and interact.
It's a great feeling of instant gratification, as you don't need to move a cursor around with a mouse. However, the D-pad can be used in place of the stylus if you find you're more comfortable with it. The stylus does give you greater control, but I imagine little hands can get tired of holding it after a while. Thankfully, blowing into the mic is not a primary control configuration. That is always awkward and never seems worth the effort, as is the case here.
Characters from the series such as Bitzer the dog, Mower Mouth, Shirley, Timmy, and the Naughty Pigs have been included. Bitzer will be there to help you out should you need it, and those mischievous pigs will be trying to mess things up for you. All the characters look exactly as you would expect, aping the facial expressions and body movement perfectly. Disappointingly, the farmyard is sterile, with very little detail. Just about everything that stands out can be interacted with, so it's not much of a challenge to locate things. The audio is limited to a few sound effects and looped background music. The original animated series has no dialogue. Much more could have been accomplished within the audio domain, but instead we hear the same thuds, whistles, bleats, and tunes throughout the game.
There isn't a lot of replay value here with only three modes, one being nothing more than a sliding picture puzzle mode. It's also very short, clocking in at a couple of hours. This game is intended for kids that get frustrated easily, but not for kids that get bored easily. I suspect that any fan of the Shaun the Sheep show, regardless of age, will notice that this game lacks a certain something.
CCC Senior Writer