I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of my favorite things about the accessibility and low barrier to entry of iPhone development is some of the shockingly off the wall game concepts that people manage to come up with. Extreme Sheepdog Trials [App Store] is yet another example of a strange game that actually is a surprising amount of fun.

As the title would hint, in the game you control a sheepdog and you make your way through a variety of different levels by either tapping where you want your dog to go or drawing a line for it to follow to herd sheep. The thing with this game is, it has so many neat features that any one of them packed in to the game by themselves would have been cool enough, but the complete package is something you've really got to try.

For instance, while there is a standard level pack where you're herding sheep about the countryside, there's also other level packs included that have you doing crazy things like herding sheep in some kind of futuristic space station. These levels are much more puzzle oriented, with switches you will need to hit with your dog to do things like disable lasers so you don't fry your sheep. These levels also have sheep teleporters, and a bunch of other awesome obstacles to work through.

But if you're thinking to yourself, "I am a professional sheep herder, I don't want to touch the screen when I know how to command my sheepdog by whistles," oddly enough, you're in luck. The absolute coolest thing about this game is that if you're playing on a device with a microphone, you can control your dog by whistling. The game will even teach you how to handle a sheepdog using whistles, and as far as I can tell, all of the whistles are what you'd really use if you were really out herding sheep with a real trained sheepdog.

There's even online leaderboards for you to compare your sheep herding skills with the rest of the world.

The only real down side to Extreme Sheepdog Trials is the amount of levels. Currently there are three different packs with five levels each. Some of them are very difficult and will take a while to complete, but it still would be nice to see more. Even though the game is a little light on content, I still recommend giving it a spin if this review has at all piqued your interest-- Just make sure you give the whistle controls a try.

App Store Link: Extreme Sheepdog Trials, $1.99 (iPhone) - Extreme Sheepdog Trials HD, $2.99 (iPad)

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  • http://www.templescene.com Mr Skills

    "Professional sheep herder"?

    I think the word is "shepherd" ;)

  • BazookaTime

    After watching the video, I might grab the iPad version.

  • http://www.templescene.com Mr Skills

    "Professional sheep herder"?

    I think the word is "shepherd" ;)

  • BazookaTime

    After watching the video, I might grab the iPad version.

  • Crunc

    That is too awesome. I might have to buy that.

  • Crunc

    That is too awesome. I might have to buy that.

  • Brandon

    Just the whistling aspect is amazing! Who would've ever thought playing a video game just by whistling! I can just imagine a guy in a doctor's office doing that LOL

    This game looks weird but cool!

  • Brandon

    Just the whistling aspect is amazing! Who would've ever thought playing a video game just by whistling! I can just imagine a guy in a doctor's office doing that LOL

    This game looks weird but cool!

  • krisko6

    I'd love to try this game, but I can't whistle, so I'd have to use the touchscreen controls. Still a very unique idea for a game.

  • krisko6

    I'd love to try this game, but I can't whistle, so I'd have to use the touchscreen controls. Still a very unique idea for a game.

  • amusiccale

    the whistling 'interface' puts this on my 'must try' list for when I phase out my first-gen iPod Touch

  • amusiccale

    the whistling 'interface' puts this on my 'must try' list for when I phase out my first-gen iPod Touch

  • http://www.psnerds.com famousmortimer

    Even after a few reboots and an uninstall/reinstall, I can not get this game to work on the iPad. Bummer.

  • http://www.psnerds.com famousmortimer

    Even after a few reboots and an uninstall/reinstall, I can not get this game to work on the iPad. Bummer.

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    just watching the video, i was thinking "i want this" i was even willing to buy it if it was only an iphone app, and play in 2x mode..but saw that it was available in ipad format as well

    that is what i like to see, duel releases...i don't even play with my ipod touch anymore since i got the ipad, but i find that i buy more with the ipad

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    just watching the video, i was thinking "i want this" i was even willing to buy it if it was only an iphone app, and play in 2x mode..but saw that it was available in ipad format as well

    that is what i like to see, duel releases...i don't even play with my ipod touch anymore since i got the ipad, but i find that i buy more with the ipad

  • Mek

    I have the same problem with the iPad version, it boots the intro logo, then boots a small menu in the corner with no control nor functionality

  • Mek

    I have the same problem with the iPad version, it boots the intro logo, then boots a small menu in the corner with no control nor functionality

  • http://www.extremesheepdog.com/ Green Custard

    Thanks for the review and all feedback appreciated. Quick few points:

    1) On the iPad - embarrassing bug (sorry) change name of device in iTunes to include iPad. See: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial172.html for how to do this.

    2) In the future we are planning more levels and zones.

  • http://www.extremesheepdog.com/ Green Custard

    Thanks for the review and all feedback appreciated. Quick few points:

    1) On the iPad - embarrassing bug (sorry) change name of device in iTunes to include iPad. See: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial172.html for how to do this.

    2) In the future we are planning more levels and zones.

  • http://www.futuregaming.info David Graham

    This is one of the coolest themes for a game I have seen. Who would have thought sheepherding would make a cool game. I plan to try this one. This type of game is what really has me excited about where gaming is going, because of new distribution channels. Great article.

  • http://www.futuregaming.info David Graham

    This is one of the coolest themes for a game I have seen. Who would have thought sheepherding would make a cool game. I plan to try this one. This type of game is what really has me excited about where gaming is going, because of new distribution channels. Great article.

  • Crunc

    I picked this up, but only briefly had a chance to test out the whistle training. I didn't do so well, but again, I only tried for like 2 minutes, so not a reflection on the game. Need to practice. I'm wondering, however, if it responds better with the built-in mic or the headphone mic or if they are about the same. I'm hoping to play the game exclusively with whistling. :)

  • Crunc

    I picked this up, but only briefly had a chance to test out the whistle training. I didn't do so well, but again, I only tried for like 2 minutes, so not a reflection on the game. Need to practice. I'm wondering, however, if it responds better with the built-in mic or the headphone mic or if they are about the same. I'm hoping to play the game exclusively with whistling. :)

  • Bob

    I love sheep herding and I played Flock Control to death - the whistling tho makes me want to give this a try too. Will download it tonight :)

  • Bob

    I love sheep herding and I played Flock Control to death - the whistling tho makes me want to give this a try too. Will download it tonight :)

  • Mek

    I don't really want to rename my device, I will wait for an update to fix it

    • http://www.extremesheepdog.com/ Green Custard

      FYI new iPad release finally approved which addresses problem on some iPads.

  • Mek

    I don't really want to rename my device, I will wait for an update to fix it

    • http://www.extremesheepdog.com/ Green Custard

      FYI new iPad release finally approved which addresses problem on some iPads.

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