You may know Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep from his debut appearance in the Wallace and Grommit short A Close Shave, or if you've got kids (or like us, you're just a big kid at heart) you might have caught him in his TV show or first feature film. Well, there's a new movie out and it's accompanied by a tie-in game on Switch entitled Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition. Yes, movie tie-ins might have a patchy history, but this one actually looks like it could be fun if the trailer's anything to go by - check it out above.
A co-production from Aardman and Mobile Pie, this is the sequel to two previous mobile games and although it might have an unwieldy, pun-laden title (pah, who likes puns?!), there's something endearing about Shaun which makes this look appealing. The game is technically a 'remaster' of the previous two titles with extra content and multiplayer party games. Single-player and co-op challenges are included as you try to get Shaun and the rest of the flock home through a series of improbable gauntlets across various ever-outlandish terrains.
The movie includes an alien character called Lu-La who features here and provides an explanation for how the sheep from Mossy Bottom Farm find themselves in outer space, of all places. Here's a few pun-tastic details from the game's website along with some screenshots:
LET'S EWE THIS!
Overcome the fiendishly challenging puzzles by working as a flock with new multiplayer features, using each sheep’s unique abilities to solve challenges and shove, leap, squeeze and swim through underground tunnels, abandoned mineshafts - and even evade the guards at Buckingham Palace.
ALL NEW MULTIPLAYER BAAA-TLE
A brand new suite of action-packed, Shaun the Sheep movie themed party games bring some extra-terrestrial chaos to the farm with a visit to the Farmageddon theme park where you can compete with family and friends in a series of madcap fairground games hosted by Shaun’s new alien pal Lu-La, who has crash-landed near Mossy Bottom Farm.
LOVINGLY LAMB-MADE ANIMATION
Brought to you by award winning animation studio Aardman the game features a beautiful hand-painted and traditionally animated art style, spectacular environments and endearing character animation.
With Aardman on board, it should be no surprise that the animation looks lovely, but still. It's available on the eShop now for $9.99 / £8.99. We've got a soft spot for Shaun the Sheep, but let us know if you'll be picking this up below.