Despite the fact that 2K Play sent me a plush cow stuffed with a whoopie cushion to promote it, I wasn't finding Herd Herd Herd nearly as charming as I thought I would. Then the sheep showed up.

First demoed at E3 2012, Herd Herd Herd transforms your finger into a sheep dog. Nowhere in the game's description does it say this; that's just how it is in my head. Woof.

The game involves herding various animals, starting with chickens, into color-coded pens, avoiding obstacles and predators while collecting stars. Starting with chickens might have been a misstep. Chickens are boring. Delicious, but boring. So urging the little feathered bastards about the board ahead of my finger fell a little flat. Eventually the solo chickens gave way to groups of chickens (collectively, a bucket). This was slightly more interesting and challenging, but I still wasn't quite feeling it.

It wasn't until the fourth of eight barns (each contains eight levels and one bonus mini-game) that I started genuinely having fun. That's when the sheep showed up. Sheep are cool. Sheep can jump. Sheep can double-jump. Sheep have to avoid electric fences. Sheep are especially delicious.

Looking at the trailer, eventually I will unlock cows. Cows being chased by bears. At that point I feel 2K and developer Cat Daddy Games are just showing off. For $.99 on iTunes (Android coming soon), they should have stopped at sheep.

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS

Like All Things, 2K Play's Latest Game Gets Better When the Sheep Show UpS