We admit, it sounds a little odd. Rhythm and sheep? Did somebody take a typo and create a game out of it? However this little app got its start, we’re glad it did. Deceptively simple and endlessly frustrating in that addictive way that keeps you gritting your teeth and mumbling ‘Just one last try…’, Rhythm Sheep is a great game for developing and perfecting your rhythm skills.
Loaded with levels, this game has a way of making you feel completely inept, even if you previously thought your rhythmic abilities weren’t half bad. With level titles like “Too Easy?” and skill levels that include “Very Easy” and “Human Metronome,” Rhythm Sheep keeps you coming back by, essentially, taunting you to do better. At least that’s how we interpreted it. And no, our low scores had nothing to do with our feelings. Really.
The game itself couldn’t be more basic. You tap the big yellow blob to begin, prompting a series of notes. Listen and repeat. Simple, right? At first, yes, but not as simple as you’re thinking. Despite our previous karaoke glory and obsessive Guitar Hero high scores, we were earning one- and two-star scores on early levels. Maddening? Absolutely. Compelling? Incredibly so.
Rhythm Sheep is far more accurate than we expected. You have to hit these notes with incredible precision to earn five stars. When you do, the sheep at the top of the screen (which appear as you attempt to repeat the sequence you’ve just heard) file down through the gate. If they line up in the center of the screen, congratulations! You’ve done well. If they stray to the right, you’re a bit fast, and if they swoop left, you’re a little slow on the uptake. Either way, it’s time to hit replay and try it again.
Scoring 100 is required to advance, and it’s not hard to do. We’re irrationally proud to say that we never scored below 100, except for a few black sheep penalties that pushed our score down. You earn black sheep by missing a note entirely, and they rip 500 points off your score. Avoid the black sheep.
Since progressing through the levels is extremely easy, we highly recommend trying for five-star scores before moving on. Practice makes perfect, and it’s ridiculously rewarding to see all five stars line up instead of hovering for a moment before teasingly soaring away into the ether.
Whether you’re trying to fine-tune your ear or you just want to keep the kids busy during a road trip, this is a great way to do it. It’s also great for killing a few idle moments waiting in line or on a bus, but beware – once you start, it’s incredibly hard to stop until you get those coveted stars. Play on – but you’ve been warned!
Rhythm Sheep – Game Play Video
Rhythm Sheep – Our Final Thoughts
The only issue we could find with Rhythm Sheep was the annoying “this game has stopped working” notice that appeared several times. Puzzling, because we weren’t running any other apps and the game started right back up again. Not a deal-breaker, just an annoyance.
The free version of this game gives you access to just nine degrees of difficulty with limited progression. For less than you probably paid for your morning coffee, go ahead and splurge on the full version of Rhythm Sheep. Trust us…when you’re finally able to advance, you’ll be glad to pay just for the satisfaction of seeing those fleecy little sheep line up right down the middle of the screen.
You can read our interview with the developer of Rhythm Sheep Lasse Hakulinen who is also the founder of Turska Games where you can play an online demo of the game.
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