Flock­ers

Hmm… tastes like Lem­mings

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - De­vel­oper Team 17, team17.com iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.988 Age 9+

The premise be­hind Flock­ers is the sheep used as ord­nance in Worms games have had enough and are mak­ing a break for it. This in­volves shep­herd­ing them through 60 lev­els of a fac­tory in­dif­fer­ent to health and safety, packed with saw­blades, crush­ers and gi­ant cleavers.

On be­ing spat out of a pipe at the start of each mul­ti­screen stage, the sheep dod­der along, un­less stopped by a block you lay down, evis­cer­ated by some­thing, or given a spe­cial power (leap­ing, fly­ing, or, er, blow­ing up). Care­ful tim­ing and an un­der­stand­ing of lurk­ing con­trap­tions (switches, tele­porters and so on) is needed for any to sur­vive the fac­tory’s hor­rors.

There’s the DNA of Lem­mings in th­ese sheep, but this is a pale shadow of that clas­sic: fid­dly, flat and limited com­pared to the orig­i­nal game that in­spired it. Craig Gran­nell

Not bad, but oddly safe and unimag­i­na­tive, and less fun than the 25-year-old Lem­mings.

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