Bah bah…baaaaahhhhh. That’s sheep for, “Saving Private Sheep.” Arrrr yo-ho scallywag is pirate for, well, “Piratz.” Check out this duel review for these two physics based games.
Saving Private Sheep is a physics based game that takes place during the ongoing war between the sheep and the wolves. Your mission, as the Woolen Warrior, is to retake enemy lands by launching operation “Iron Wolf.” Retaking land can be done in multiple ways: help the sheep to solid ground, booting the wolves off the level, or both. Ultimately, the player must complete all 100 levels that vary in difficulty to finally defeat the wolves.
This game can get tough, but like many physics games, a lot of the gameplay is dependent on luck. The player controls the initial movement, but then hopes his sheep gets to the ground. Many levels I beat were simply caused by repeating an action with slightly different timing. Timing has a big effect on how far an object moves, or how strong a movement is. The weight of an object also affects the way objects act. For example, you can’t break a metal box, but it can help keep the sheep on the level, while a breakable wooden box would simply fly off the level with the sheep. I have to give credit to SPSheep, some of their puzzles actually do make the player think rather than randomly tapping the screen. This game made me think, in a good way, more than any other physics game I’ve played.
Piratz is no exception to this luck based gameplay. In fact, I think Piratz is more luck dependent than Saving Private Sheep. To complete a level in Piratz, the player must keep a bomb from coming into contact with the ground while breaking a specific number of boxes and objects. Both games have objects that have different effects. Like Piratz, Saving Private Sheep has breakable and unbreakable boxes. However, Saving Private Sheep has more interactive objects such as ice that can be broken under weight, or barrels that can act as a wheel. Compared to most physics games, SPSheep takes more skill than luck. Also, SPSheep allows you to break boxes at will, while Piratz makes you wait a short time in between breaks.
The cinematics of Saving Private Sheep gives a comic strip feel that keeps the player entertained enough to give the game a thumbs up for effort, and two thumbs up for creating a story to go with the game. This is what really sets Saving Private Sheep apart from Piratz and other games. Most physics games just make you complete levels, with no real storyline. In my opinion, having a comical storyline keeps the game entertaining, even after retrying the same level 20 times.
One thing I did enjoy about Piratz was its mini games. After completing an area of about 15-20 levels, a mini game would have you completing different tasks in a WarioWare type game that rewarded success with bonus points. Both games have fun music and sounds that add to the gameplay of each game. Also, they both have a very clean visual style. Both games look great and deliver fun physics gameplay but Saving Private Sheep takes the cake with it’s comical storyline and more complex gameplay.
Saving Private Sheep has a promotional price of only $0.99 until April 25th. After that it is $2.99
Piratz is out for only $0.99