Zombies Vs. Sheep
Finally, a chance to go woolly on the undead.
We've seen Plants Vs. Zombies on PC/Mac, and now we have Zombies Vs. Sheep for iPhone. This Clickgamer production lets you shoot zombies from the sky while protecting a poor, innocent sheep roaming around on the ground. Never mind that the sheep's too dumb to find another place to graze. You've got to save its woolly hide.
To succeed, you must perform three important functions. You tip the iPhone left and right to move the sheep at the bottom of the screen to avoid incoming zombie attacks and pick up coins. In addition, you tap the screen to shoot zombies. Finally, you reload your weapon by either shaking the iPhone or pressing the top portion of the screen.
Two great things stand out. First, the difficulty picks up in each of the game's ten stages. You start out slow with one to two zombies on-screen at a time and then battle a flood of them while preventing your sheep from becoming lamb chops. Second, the game supports online leaderboards through OpenFeint systems, so you can see how you compare against other zombie shooters. You need to go to a separate screen to view the scores (they're not available in-game), but it's easy to access.
Along with the shooting action, Zombies Vs. Sheep provides a shop where you spend your hard-earned coins. You can upgrade your weapons, moving up from a single-fire shotgun to the more effective assault rifle. Furthermore, upgrading your sheep makes them faster and healthier.
On the downside, the visuals could've been better. While it's a cinch to keep track of cardboard targets and your sheep, they feature basic looking designs with little to no animation.
At least the music hits the spot. The delightful mix of Mariachi and Western themes are excellent to listen to, especially with headphones. There aren't many sound effects outside of blasting weapons and bleating sheep ("BAAHHHH!"), but that's fine by us.
Zombies Vs. Sheep isn't nearly as addictive as Popcap's Plant Vs. Zombies, but considering we don't have that for iPhone yet, this is a solid fill-in. Besides, for a buck, you get your money's worth, particularly when you upgrade your sheep to ultimate status. Check it out if you need a zombie-shooting fix.
What's Hot: Excellent tilt and tap controls, fun Mariachi and Western tunes, only $1, online leaderboards, the first game with upgradeable sheep.
What's Not: Not much else to the game besides shooting zombies, characters need more animations.