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Sheepo Review
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Posted: 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Sheepo is a running and jumping game where you explore a vibrant world in a quest to collect an egg of every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings rather than weapons to defeat them. As you defeat different species you can become that creature, allowing you to reach new areas and discover more of the many secrets in the game. With a clear emphasis on climate change and ecological decline, it's an unusual game with an impactful message.

You play Sheepo, a strange, sheep-like creature with the ability to transform into a whole host of other varied animals. You are tasked with collecting an egg from each species you find on a decaying, warming world, which allows the DNA of the creature to be preserved in a huge galactic database, preserving the species forever. However, to get to the egg, you must face off against the "Queen" of that species.

You run, jump and transform into lots of animals, each with their own unique set of abilities, such as flight, to progress through the world. You only have a few seconds where you control each animal before you need to traverse on foot again. When facing off against the bosses, which protect each egg, you have no weapons, instead having to rely on the surroundings, like falling boulders, to help you defeat each foe.

Like the Metroid and Castlevania games, the game map is a sprawling expanse of secret rooms, passageways and dangers that you can explore as you unlock more creatures, each allowing you to reach more sections.

With an impactful and ever more relevant story, unique gameplay and lots of secrets to discover, it's a unique and thought-provoking alternative to the many other platforming games out there.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kyle Thompson Dev (@KyleThompsonDev)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete. While the main game only takes a few hours, there are plenty of secrets down winding labyrinthine paths you can explore and discover for several hours more.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Sheepo usually costs £8.99 to £9.89.
 

Sheepo

XBox Store Xbox One £9.19
PlayStation Store PS5 £8.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £8.99
Switch Store Switch £9.89
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

When you first start the game, you can select the difficulty of the save file, but this cannot then be adjusted retroactively.

while the text throughout is high contrast, it is very small in places, making it somewhat unclear. Your character can also blend into lighter areas of the background. You can view a map in the menu, which is colour coded and shows unexplored areas, but is quite small and has no detail about routes, exact location and more, acting more as a prompt to explore by yourself than anything else.

There are several sections where you need to have quick reactions or press buttons quickly, and you are put under time pressure, but you only ever need to press one button at a time. After completing the story, you unlock the ability to transform for a minute into a bird at any time by long-pressing a button. This is the only time in the game where a long press is required.

While there is no motion blur, aspects of the foreground appear out of focus, and can sometimes obstruct the view of the gameplay.

Because all of the gameplay is conveyed through text, you can pay the game with no sound.
 
Our Sheepo Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:

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