Flockwork ($0.99) by ReignDesign tests your shepherding skills. The poor dog who was supposed to watch over the flock decided to take a nap. Taking advantage of this, the crafty sheep ran away. Luckily, the dog has you to help him out.
The way this game works is that you drag your finger along the screen to have the sheep follow. All of the sheep will move in sync with each other. Gather the three stars in each level in order to unlock the other levels.
This is similar to Chillingo’s TwinGo! game. Unlike TwinGo! you’re not restricted to a small platform. You have a huge field to move the sheep toward the goal, as long as you don’t move them past the boundary line on its perimeter.
You’ll need to guide each of the sheep in the level to their own goal spot to complete the level. Of course there’s obstacles to get in the way, such as boxes, fires, streams, rocks, and wolves. And of course there’s a time limit to keep you on your toes.
The real strategy behind this game is determining a way to move the sheep so that they all move together safely toward the goal.
By using the objects within the level you can undo the sheep’s formation to navigate past the hazards or to line them up in the goal. I call this “breaking sync.”
For sheep, those guys can really book it. You may actually need to fine tune your touch so that you don’t accidentally zip them into a hazard.
One annoying bug about this game is that you will continually be notified once you’ve reached a certain achievement. The more you rack up, the more will dog you every time you finish a level.
The other annoyance isn’t a bug, but rather an inherent part of the gameplay. Each level only lasts about 10 seconds or so. Once you’re done with that you hit a loading screen for a couple of seconds to then go on to the next short burst.
This becomes repetitive after a bit, even given the variety of challenges each level offers.
With over 80 levels spread across the four different seasons, you’re guaranteed to become a pro shepherd. The cartoon-like graphics and challenging gameplay will appeal to any puzzle fan.