Day 339: The Most Addicting Sheep Game

Posted: 2011/10/16 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #339, and today’s game is “The Most Addicting Sheep Game”.

“The Most Addicting Sheep Game” seems to deliver on its core promise: simply addictive gameplay. It seems to be a bit of an evolution of the ideas from perennial XBLIG top seller “The Impossible Game, in that it’s a game of timing your jumps perfectly. But they’ve added to the formula, and made it a bit more forgiving, both of which aid the fun factor.

First, from the developer (BombdiggidyBullfrog):

“Run, jump and roll to the beat in the easy-to-learn tricky-to-master most addicting sheep game.”

“The Impossible Game,” as its name suggests, is meant to be punishingly hard. “The Most Addicting Sheep Game” promises, nor delivers, any such thing. It’s hard, jumps must be timed close to perfectly, but they’ve added the necessity to ‘roll’ to the formula. Rather than simply jumping constantly, now you have two moves to consider which takes a slightly different skill set. Gone are the spikes from The Impossible Game, replaced with sheer drops to oblivion. There are far fewer threats on the platforms you’re jumping onto, however, leading to an overall reduction in controller-throwing frustration.

“The Most Addicting Sheep Game” makes an effort to time the jumps to the beat, which helps you get “in the zone” and is a much-appreciated addition. The cutesy appearance, so often a detriment, actually works well for the game and gives it character. For 80 Microsoft Points I strongly recommend playing the free trial, as I enjoyed this a lot more than the box art and the description suggested I might.

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