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==Shaun the Sheep==
My four year old absolutely loves this game, myself however find it somewhat irritating due to the fact that right through the game the Shaun the Sheep theme tune plays all the time! He loves it so doesn't like to turn the DS down!
There are three modes to the game ~
Story Mode begins with Shaun and Bitzer having to find 15 lost sheep before the farmer arrives home, along the way you will find other animals to help and also hidden objects. The game is really nice and easy and helps you along by showing images of Shaun the Sheeps head on objects you can interact with, I like this as my son can easily get to grips with this game meaning he doesn't loose interest after just five minutes. The game is filled with lots of mini games that my son finds fantastic.
Here is where you will find a good few mini games, the first being a sort of whack-a-mole game which involves the player blowing into the microphone in order to blow the moles out of the holes ready for you to pop them with the stylus. Then there's Baaath Time where you have to scrub the sheep with the stylus then blow off all the bubbles, Flock'n'Roll is another where you have to grab musical notes and flick them away. You also unlock more minigames but unfortunantly that is as much as we have unlocked! They are really fun though!
This is where you can play with eight slide puzzles that feature original stills taken from the show.
This is a great little game that endeveours to entertain my little boy for hours! It is perfect for long car journeys as it does hold their attention and the hints and tips won't have them asking for help every two minutes!
This review is of the Nintendo game Shaun the Sheep, developed by Daydream Software and published by D3 Publishers. The game is a children's game based on the characters first seen in the animated television show, Wallace and Gromit.
The plot of the game is to guide Shaun the Sheep around to find the various sheep in the farm who have escaped before the farmer comes back. Shaun can use Bitzer, the farm sheepdog, to help and also help get the pigs out of the way. By way of a map on the top screen of the DS, you can see where the sheep are, and you just have to work out how to get them back again.
Much of the game is controlled by using the stylus and the touch screen, and the controls are suitable for children, all being quite easy to use. You do have the choice of using the d-pad to control the characters if you prefer, but the stylus is much easier and logical, especially for kids.
As the game progresses, a series of eight mini games are opened up. These are quite fun as they appear, and you can go back to these at any time. These games are varied, from washing sheep to hitting moles, and do add to the fun of the game, especially as they do utilise the features of the console, such as the use of the microphone.
The game does suffer from being rather easy to complete, even for children. The extra unlockable content and mini games do provide some reason to keep playing for a while, but beyond this, there is little longevity in the game. The game is for that reason likely to be really of only interest to younger children, because of its simplicity.
With the game being easy to play and complete, you are probably looking at only one to two hours of play on the game. As mentioned, the mini games to do lengthen the interest in the game, but unless you can get the game cheaply, it wouldn't really be worth spending too much on this given that amount of gameplay. It's a shame that there isn't more to this game, as a longer and more substantial game would have gone from making this average into being genuinely very good.
The graphics in the game are good, which is as should really be expected given the quality of the animation on which this game is based. They are bright and clear for children, and although the sound is a bit plodding and repetitive, in combination they both add to the atmosphere for the children playing the game.
The game retails for 24.99 pounds, but is currently available from Amazon for 16.95 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at time of writing this are available for around six pounds from sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, this isn't a bad game, it's quite fun to play along for a while, and is especially suited for children aged around three to nine years old. The game play is a bit repetitive after a while, and there isn't much long-term interest in the game, but if you can get the game cheaply, it's worth getting for kids. Overall though I'd have to say that the game is nothing better than at best average.