Divide By Sheep (Mac) Review
Not so much?
Aawww…look at the cute little sheep. They’re even adorable when they die. Divide By Sheep is a game that is pure eye candy. It’s just so vivid, so colorful, so downright adorable, that even the Grim Reaper makes you want to pinch its cheeks. From its jaunty music to bucolic scenery, everything just seems happy […]
Divide By Sheep is a game that is pure eye candy. It’s just so vivid, so colorful, so downright adorable, that even the Grim Reaper makes you want to pinch its cheeks. From its jaunty music to bucolic scenery, everything just seems happy and right with the world. Which is why the fact that you’re going to have to slaughter a good number of those cute little farm animals work so darn well – it’s dark humor at its best, and it makes even a math game irresistible fun.
Divide By Sheep has a pretty scant story line – the Grim Reaper has flooded the world, and you need to get the cute little sheep, who are stranded on little islands, to safety. To do so, you’ll need to bounce them over to a rubber raft. As the level begins, the sheep are on various islands in different groupings. They can only bounce as a full group, so if you bounce a group of four sheep over to an island with only three squares, one of those sheep isn’t going to make it. And a lot of the sheep don’t make it, because you need to get specific numbers of them onto the raft, and that doesn’t usually match up to their initial groupings.
Each level will give you three numbers of sheep for you to get to the raft. Once you reach the correct number of sheep for the first, the raft ferries them off and you begin the second set. All three raft groups must come from the same initial group you began the level with, so you can’t just indiscriminately kill off sheep to easily reach the first number. Getting the sheep to the raft in the right grouping while still leaving enough sheep for your other two raft rides requires planning and strategy, and no shortage of math skills. You will be able to advance to the next level if you get at least one grouping correct, but you’ll only get the coveted three stars at the end of the level if you get it all right.
Simply bouncing the sheep around in their groupings to pare them down to the right numbers using the differently sized islands is a major part of the game mechanic, but it is quickly joined by others that will make your gameplay both more challenging and more amusing. From hungry wolves who gulp down a sheep and then monopolize island squares to lasers to slice sheep in half, there are no shortage of ways for your fluffy friends to meet their adorable doom. And each and every one of these elements add difficulty to the game. Though it looks and feels like a cute point and click app, it plays like a diabolical puzzler, making you want to bang your head against the wall at one minute and drawing you right back in the next.
Divide By Sheep offers 120 levels – that is a whole lot of mathing, my friend, and there’s plenty of replay value in those for completionists to go back and try for three stars on each and every one. Math is truly a main mechanic of the game, but don’t let that scare you off. This is math at its finest, and the presentation feels more like a tricky puzzle than an algebra quiz. From its adorable aesthetic to its perplexing puzzles, Divide By Sheep is well worth the price of admission.