Help sheep escape!

Farm Break is a free, sheep-themed arcade puzzler with cute art direction and decent level design.

Farm Break is a free, sheep-themed arcade puzzler with cute art direction and decent level design.

The game's central schtick--as revealed in a children's-book-style prologue slideshow--is that you're helping three larcenous sheep escape from a farm, by outsmarting and outmaneuvering the many traps (i.e., puzzles) set by the farmer. You alternately control three different sheep (Sally, Knuckles, and Big Jim, each with their own sounds and personality), using their various characteristics (e.g., Sally's strength, or Big Jim's ability to squeeze through small spaces) in tandem to defeat the game's 25 physics-based puzzles one by one. You control one sheep at a time, which you select from an iconic menu, and touch-screen buttons let you move left and right and jump. Unfortunately, the level design can be a little inconsistent; some puzzles are ingeniously satisfying, making great combined use of the three sheep's abilities, whereas others feel too narrow, repetitive, or overly reliant on the game's not always responsive arcade controls.

Farm Break provides a good bit of fun for free, and the game also now includes an in-app purchase option for 15 more levels in "Chapter 2." With its good looks and unusual multiple-protagonist gameplay, Farm Break can be a worthwhile download for puzzler fans.

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