Shaun the Sheep Review
Shaun the Sheep box art
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.

Shaun the Sheep screenshot

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.

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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.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Excellent rendering of characters. Smooth animation. Sparse environments though.
3.8
Control
Point-and-click gameplay puts the stylus to great use.
2.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Repetitious sound effects. Looped music.
2.7

Play Value
Limited and repetitive gameplay elements. Easy and very short. No replay value.

2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play as the loveable sheep, Shaun, as he tries to find the rest of the flock before the Farmer comes home.
  • Gameplay and settings based on actual episodes, recreating the fun and unique silent-movie humor.
  • Explore the areas based on the series like the field, the barn, the Farmer's house, and the circus tent.
  • Call on Bitzer the dog to help you out when the Naughty Pigs are up to their dirty tricks.
  • Work with the other found sheep to get around obstacles and access out-of-reach areas.
  • Includes three game modes: Story Mode, Mini-game Mode, and Collection Mode.
  • Unlockable mini-games and show-related rewards.


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