Battle Sheep is a game by Francesco Rotta, published by Blue Orange Games. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be controlling rival herds of sheep that are battling for the most space in the pasture. The player that occupies the most spaces will be declared the winner.
To begin, players choose colors and receive 16 sheep tokens of their chosen color which are then stacked into a sheep stack. Players also receive 4 pasture boards. Players will then take turns placing pasture boards by at least one side to the others to create the board. The first player is chosen and beginning with that person, players then place their starting sheep stack on a pasture space on the outside edge of the board. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they may split their sheep stack into two stacks and then move the new stack in a straight line as far as it can go. Another sheep or the edge of the board will stop the stack. Any number of sheep can be moved into the new stack but at least one sheep must be in both stacks. Players can move any of their stacks that have sheep in them. If a sheep stack is blocked on all sides by other sheep or the edge of the board, they are trapped and can no longer move. Jumping other sheep is not allowed. Once a player is no longer able to move any sheep, their turn is complete. When all players can no longer move sheep, the game is over. The player who occupies the most pasture spaces wins.
The game consists of several really nice sturdy pieces. There are hexagonal pasture pieces that make up the board. These are thick cardboard and are rather nicely done. The sheep tokens are thick plastic and have great artwork on them that is very cartoonish. The feel and look of everything is really nice and very cute. There’s really not much else to it but that. Even with just board pieces and sheep tokens, the game is quite nice.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this game is nice. It’s not very large and only consists of a few pages. It’s bright and colorful with several great pictures and examples. Everything is explained really well and is quite easy to understand and learn. Like the game components, there’s not a lot to it but in this case, more is better. It will only take a few minutes to read through the rules and then you’ll be ready to play with no problems.
9 out of 10
The game itself is pretty fun. It’s not very complex but there is a good bit of strategy to it. It’s very easy to get yourself backed into a corner with no way to move your sheep. You really have to be thinking about your opponents moves as well as your own. It has a bit of a Checkers feel to it except instead of removing your opponents pieces, you’re trying to block them in. That doesn’t sound like it would be much fun, but it is. It’s not a really elaborate game and it definitely is more fun with more players. Even with 2 players though, it’s still rather good. It won’t be something that you’ll be playing for hours though. Most gaming sessions will last no more than about 10-15 minutes. I’d really call this more of a great filler game.
8 out of 10
Battle Sheep is a light game of moving stacks of sheep and occupying pasture spaces. It’s very easy and can be played in less than 15 minutes even with 4 players. The artwork is very cute and fun and the pieces are super sturdy. You will have no problem playing this one with the kids as the larger pieces are great for small hands. My daughter really enjoys the silly looking sheep artwork. It’s really easy to learn and family friendly. No blood and gore or missing limbs in this battle, just plenty of hungry sheep. This is a fun game with a simple concept. Fans of simple strategy games or children’s games should enjoy this one. I recommend it as a great alternative to checkers. It’s definitely a game that the kids will enjoy.
8 out of 10
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