Fleeced! – Shear Terror is an action strategy game from Bight Games.
You and your brother are in a feud – you have walled yourselves off with a llama in order to protect yourself from “llama fur banditos” (Made that name up myself!) who just want to get into your secret garden and shave your poor llama. On top of that, your brother is firing cannon balls at you and your wall in order to make your llama naked first, but that isn’t happening on your watch! Oh no, you’re going to build cannons faster, stronger, and better than what he has, and you’re going to shoot the crap out of his walls faster than he can repair it!
Well, that’s the plan anyway. The name of the game is simple: protect your llama from that big burly bandito, make your brother’s llama vulnerable, and repair your walls in a bid to have the last llama standing. You will have four cannons at your disposal: a regular cannon, a double cannon, a buckshot cannon, and a cannon so big that I have to call it the BFG. Each cannon has its distinct advantages and strengths, those which mostly consist of being able to blow up walls and make your brother fall flat on his bum and make him look a fool. You can upgrade your cannons to upgrade their strength – which actually makes a pretty big difference!
So those cannons do have a pretty single minded purpose – blow up walls. Those walls however – starting with hay walls – can be repaired as long as you run up to it and hit the repair button. You can also upgrade the walls to strengthen them and make your repair jobs less frequent and necessary.
I do have a confession to make however – I never once upgraded my wall. Alright well, I upgraded my hay walls to wooden walls during one of the stages, but I was actually trying to repair them and I ended up upgrading them by accident. Why did I never upgrade my walls? Well, I developed a strategy for the game where I was able to make the banditos shear my brother’s llama prett much consecutively – thereby winning the game for me almost instantaneously. It’s cheap, but who needs defense when your offense is impeccable?
Fleeced! is a very awesome game. The story itself is short, which could be bad, but I had a blast playing through it. All of the dialogue in between stages was great, even including a reference to a certain Black Eyed Peas song that I will leave up to you to discover. (Boom boom boom. Oops.) The game mechanics themselves are brilliant – simple joystick-like movement controls with your left thumb and an array of buttons for your right thumb, and you tilt the device to aim your cannon shots. One of my beefs with the controls is that, should you ever get an OpenFeint achievement, you’re going to be rendered useless in the short time that the achievements appear on screen because you can’t seem to use the controls at the same time! Not really a huge issue – except that one time where I was running to repair a damaged wall and I happened to get an achievement, so I stood there looking braindead while one of those banditos managed to break their way into my pen and shear my poor llama!
Graphically, the game is alright – decent quality (for the iPhone) 3D graphics that were very smooth on my iPhone 3GS, as well as great drawing for the characters in between stages. The music and sounds are also great. There was also a multiplayer arcade option for up to two players, but as of this writing I couldn’t seem to connect to the Internet option, but in the meantime, you can still play it over wifi and bluetooth. Blow up your friends’ walls and make them suffer!
Overall, I completely loved Fleeced! – Shear Terror. I loved it so much that I just recommended a bunch of my friends buy it so that I can wreck their faces in this game, taunt them, and then wreck their faces again. I feel ashamed that I am so addicted to this game – but then it does center around llamas, so I think that balances everything out. A game this polished and fun only deserves one thing from us – a Golden Tap!
MustTap Score: Golden TapThe best of the best; everything about this is perfect.
Fleeced! - Shear Terror is just addictive. Better than a drug, and you can get your daily dosage of llamas while you are at it. In fact, you hate llamas if you don't play this game. Fast-paced action strategy game that will keep you playing for hours!