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Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition review

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition Review – Shaun the Sheep Meets Thomas Was Alone

Are you familiar with Thomas Was Alone? It’s a puzzle game about getting from A to B with a bunch of shapes. Each shape has their own special abilities, and you’ll need to utilise them all in order to reach your goal. Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition, a Shaun the Sheep-branded game, somehow reminds us of Thomas Was Alone. Except, instead of controlling a bunch of blocks, you’re in charge of three sheep, all with their own abilities.

It’s a strange comparison to make, sure, but it’s the best one there is. It may lack the charming narrative of Thomas Was Alone, but the puzzle design of Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon is very similar. Players have control of three sheep: a small one, a medium one and a big one. The big one’s weighty, so is great for pushing heavy things out of the way or, when the action calls for it, sinking to the bottom of a body of water. The medium one, Shaun, is a good jumper, and the smaller one can squeeze their way into tight gaps.

The main campaign of Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition, then, sees you taking control of these three sheep and making your way through dozens of levels. They start out very easy, but the challenge ramps up as you go along. To give you reason to replay levels, there are also bonus collectibles to be picked up, often sneakily hidden in secret areas.

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition review

These levels can be played either alone or with a local co-op buddy. Being that all three sheep need to be controlled at some point – a push of a button cycling between them – playing with someone else can be helpful. But it can also make proceedings a little more difficult, as you’ll have to communicate and synchronise your plans of action. Still, we’re heavy believers that couch co-op generally makes a game more enjoyable, and it’s definitely true in this case.

But that’s not all that Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon has to offer. The “Party Edition” tacked on to the end of its name is a clue that this game also contains a range of competitive minigames to be played locally. There isn’t anything truly original or exciting here, but it’s a fun enough collection for those who like to go head-to-head with their families.

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition review

There’s a football minigame that sees you try and hit a ball into your opponent’s goal, and a similar volleyball-style game. Another tasks you with standing in the right place as a large hay bale repeatedly falls down from above. Our favourite, though, had us running from left to right being chased by a giant boulder, Indiana Jones style. Sabotaging your opponents by standing on their heads, or generally getting in their way, is endlessly fun.

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition doesn’t do anything ground-breaking, but it bundles up an enjoyable puzzle game and a range of quickfire minigames into a fun package that’s worth jumping into with friends. Bounding around as Shaun the Sheep and friends is entertaining, and its cutesy, hand-drawn art style ensures it stands out from the flock.

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition Review – GameSpew’s Score

This review of Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition is based on the PS5 version, via a code provided by the publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

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