Clouds & Sheep Review

Clouds & Sheep Review

Oct 14, 2011

I’m a big fan of any game that presents a great, unique concept and takes the time to give it some real charm and character. Clouds & Sheep is just such a game. It’s an addictive casual game about looking after a flock of sheep that have some peculiar qualities.

Like other games of this type, you start with a set number of sheep and are given a list of tasks that must be performed. Tasks such as growing grass for the sheep to eat, making sure they stay out of trouble and breeding them. But then there are the more interesting tasks, like gathering clouds together to make it rain, or storm, so that the sheep will have water to drink. Then there’s play time, either by tossing the sheep around or pulling their tails and letting them snap back to send the sheep rolling. It looks cruel, but they love it, and they prove their love by giving you stars you can use to spend on supplies and other items to keep the sheep happy.

What the sheep don’t love is starving, getting sick, being struck by lightning or dehydrated. And, yes, they can die. When a sheep dies, it turns back into clouds and drifts away. One of the ways to replenish your flock is by getting them to breed.

Breeding sheep is easy; you simply maneuver them around “love flowers” that are growing in the field. When the sheep eat the flowers, they fall in love and, well, when a mommy and a daddy sheep love each other very much, they produce a heart that, if caught up in the clouds, becomes a baby sheep.

To keep the game interesting and give you a sense of progression, you’ll have to complete a series of challenges before you can move onto a bigger field. Challenges include tossing as many sheep into the air at the same time as possible, or intentionally getting them struck by lightning. In another challenge, you have to catch a baby sheep after it forms in the clouds. I feel like the developers missed an opportunity for a great pun, here, as they called the challenge “Catch Me If You Can” when, clearly, they should have named it “Catch Me If Ewe Can,” but I digress.

While the game is open-ended and quite fun, the activity level ramps up far too quickly, going from a nice, casual pace to a hectic run to get as much done as possible. Furthermore, the challenges tend to repeat after a while, becoming stale. All in all, Clouds & Sheep is a great casual game and quite enjoyable, but loses its casual status to become almost unmanageable. Another mark against the game is the poor performance as the frame-rate drops to single digits on my Droid X from time to time, becoming completely unresponsive.

Despite the technical problems and lack of purpose, Clouds & Sheep is still a cute, fun game that I enjoyed very much.


Clouds & Sheep Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - The visuals in Clouds & Sheep are extremely attractive. The sheep are adorable, the backgrounds are colorful and the special effects make the whole world seem vibrantly alive. I'm especially fond of the flat, cutout style of some of the props and other items in the game. The use of shadows makes it easy to see exactly where you are going to place an object. The sounds are nice and great at grabbing your attention when needed.
8
Controls - The controls are pretty good, considering the wide variety of things going on. You can usually pick-up the sheep you want without a problem, even when in a large group, although pulling their tails can be tricky, even when by themselves. Even moving to a certain depth within the screen is as easy as moving up or down. They work very well.
7
Gameplay - The gameplay can get extremely hectic, ramping up from a slow, casual pace to having WAY too much to do in a short period of time. You'll find yourself working as fast as you can to keep up with the fast-changing moods of the individual sheep. You might cure one only to find yourself scrambling to feed another while others need water, sun, etc. It's fun, but it can run you ragged.
6
Replay Value - Unfortunately, Clouds & Sheep seems a bit pointless after a while. Playing with your sheep, looking after their needs and buying them new items takes up a lot of time, but you begin to wonder what more there is to do. Despite the high number of challenges to keep you busy, they tend to repeat and become stale.
7.5
Overall - Clouds & Sheep is a pretty unusual game. The cute graphics and open gameplay make it easy for me to recommend this to people who get sucked right into addictive, well-done casual games, but the openness seems to lead to a lack of direction, where players might be wondering what to do next.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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  • lllvvv

    I got addicted to thus game, playing it some 2 hours daily! Its absoulutely great a game, not just a sort of advanced tammaguchi,but much more. One dissapointing thing is my inability to understand the precise rules of this game. Whats the difference between different kinds of food? does older sheeps give you more stars when it dies?

  • Piso Tortosa

    Ni se os ocurra instalar este juego, ayer mi hijo en dos movimientos compro estrellas para el rebaño, por valor de 200€ !!! Como lo leéis, a eso si, después de hablar con los de google check out, google wallet, los alemanes de Handy-Games y su tia, nada de devolverme la pasta!!!!

  • Bananas44

    how do you get the clippers to shear your sheep because they are always wanting it but i cant seem to find them..?

  • Bananas44

    how do you get the clippers to shear your sheep because they are always wanting it but i cant seem to find them..?