Divide By Sheep is a mind-bending math puzzler about friendship and slicing sheep in half with lasers. The Grim Reaper flooded the world, and it's up to you to save critters stranded on islands. Insane math skills required.
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Release Date: Jul 2, 2015

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“It's smart, it's pretty... but what makes it shine is the dark comedy found in killing cartoon animals just to satisfy some arbitrary numerical requirements.”
8/10 – Destructoid

“Delightfully morbid game with charming characters and uniquely challenging puzzles”
4/5 – Gamezebo

“Possibly the cutest yet most evil math puzzle game you will ever play.”
92/100 – SA Gamer

About This Game

Divide By Sheep is a math puzzler about the Grim Reaper's devious plan to make some sheepy friends. Grim can only befriend the dead, so he decided to unleash a great flood and drag the sheep under. Now stranded on small islands and sinking fast, the sheep need you to help them reach safety.

You save the little animals by solving clever math puzzles. Divide By Sheep is a game of addition and subtraction by any means possible, where puzzles start off fairly easy and playful, yet quickly escalate in both difficulty and dark humor.

The mighty features:
  • 120 mind bending puzzles spread across 4 worlds
  • Dark humor inbound, parental guidance advised!
  • What happens when you divide a whole into half? You get two halves!
  • Lasers, wolves... oh, and also a kraken (The Grim Reaper's pet)
  • Drown sheep. Or wolves. Or pigs. Do whatever it takes to succeed
  • Fabulous art-work that quickly goes from cute to disturbing
USE PARENTAL CONTROLS BEFORE GIVING THE GAME TO KIDS! Main menu has the option to disable blood.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/9
    • Processor: 2.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Card
    • Storage: 256 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: A Toeaster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: A Pancake
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
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Xoeei
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Fantastic, good learning curve, cute art style and music, and well worth the price.
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Ender
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Divide by Sheep is a puzzle game originally designed for mobile platforms. It's conversion to PC is done quite well with controls moving to the mouse quite intuitively.

This game is a definite must have for anyone who enjoys small puzzle games.

I suppose it should also be noted for Steam achievement hunters that is relatively easy to power to 100% achievements.

Note: Although there is blood when literally dividing sheep, there is a parental control option to make sheep division less violent.
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McFrugal
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Really cute and fun puzzle game. Sometimes pretty clever too, but I'm fairly sure that I discovered some unintended solutions here and there that were not particularly clever. I didn't find most of the puzzles to be that difficut but maybe I'm just really good at puzzle games?

Only serious complaint I have is the movement priority for portal platforms is really unintuitive.
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SophiaDawn
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Fun puzzle game. I love torturing the sheep.

Cons:
No steam Cloud support for the game. Promised last year but not delivered. Save file is literally just on one PC.

Recommendation: If you buy and want to switch computers, make sure you know where the save file is and copy it to your new pc. Otherwise, you will have to start completely over. Honestly, the games not really that hard. Should be no problem to 100% the achievements.
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Dohi64
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
a cool puzzle game where you have to divide stacks of sheep and other creatures (sometimes literally, with lasers) and get the required number to the lifeboats. there are 150 levels in 5 worlds and simply completing them by getting any of the 3 stacks right is pretty easy, but there are a few where getting 3 stars is tricky, I had to look a few of them up myself.

I turned off the music not too far into the game, not for me, but the graphics are charming and gory at the same time (there's an option to turn off blood) and there's also a decent amount of variety between the worlds, new mechanics are introduced at a good pace, like different animals, blocks, traps, winning conditions, etc.

it's clearly a mobile port with zero extra effort put into the pc version, it even has a 'rate this app' screen, but separate volume sliders are always welcome and the only real negative I can think of is the lack of windowed mode. it's a must for a puzzle game like this, but I'd still recommend picking it up, either on sale (wouldn't want to encourage lazy game development too much) or on mobile if that's your thing.
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TotesZephir
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Product received for free
Nice short puzzle game with smooth and cute graphics.
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Razielite
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I will make this review short because this game is exactly as it looks like in trailer and screenshots.

-> for its price I recommend it, gave me fun for about 3 hours the other 3 were to get the card drops, honestly.
-> The game idea is simple and although it keeps adding new features every few levels you get some new thing to deal with in solving puzzles, it does get tedious after a while, however I suppose if you're the type that gets sucked into this type of relaxing cute looking puzzle games you'd find it right up your alle.
-> It plays better on mobile phones, I played it on my friend's Ipad and it suits it perfectly, after all it really is the type of the typical mobile game, get 3 stars every level and move on to the next one.

-> Overall if you're willing to pay 4.99$ for a game that sort of gets dull in my opinion after 3 hours or maybe even less or more depending on you, go for it, otherwise you could always wait for a sale or a bundle.

OR if you have a smart phone I'd really recommend you go buy it there, it would play better since its a casual puzzle game, would be fitting for a phone.
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Shard
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Pretty fun puzzle game, definitely designed with a mobile focus, but I don't see anything wrong with that. My only major complaint is that the introductions to new mechanics might be a bit TOO simplified to clearly convey their meaning at times. For some reason I thought the last world was locked behind leaving a review, but the last screen is just asking for a review with no incentive.
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Elf
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Adorable and slightly disturbing, an excellent combination. And the puzzles scale nicely; new elements are introduced with an easy puzzle first before combining them with other elements. Even the hard puzzles aren't frustrating - there's an instant restart-the-level option that means not wasting time if you made a mistake, and you can progress even if you can't finish a level entirely.

When I'm stressed out by real life, a few minutes of flipping sheep through the air (and through slicers, and into wolves) helps mellow me back out.
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Rose
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This must be THE cutest and most hilariously jaw-dropping casual puzzle game I have EVER played. Just when I thought the game mechanics couldn't be any more cruel to the sheep, they did with each new world and mechanic. I'm not great at math or anything, but the game was easy enough to complete. And I enjoyed every moment of it down to the short periods of being stuck and the small snippets of story used to introduce new animals, tiles, and tools. Definitely a great grab-and-go game, or just a little time killer. There's even a no-gore mode for kids!!! As if that makes the game any less traumatizing. :P
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I will make this review short because this game is exactly as it looks like in trailer and screenshots.

-> for its price I recommend it, gave me fun for about 3 hours the other 3 were to get the card drops, honestly.
-> The game idea is simple and although it keeps adding new features every few levels you get some new thing to deal with in solving puzzles, it does get tedious after a while, however I suppose if you're the type that gets sucked into this type of relaxing cute looking puzzle games you'd find it right up your alle.
-> It plays better on mobile phones, I played it on my friend's Ipad and it suits it perfectly, after all it really is the type of the typical mobile game, get 3 stars every level and move on to the next one.

-> Overall if you're willing to pay 4.99$ for a game that sort of gets dull in my opinion after 3 hours or maybe even less or more depending on you, go for it, otherwise you could always wait for a sale or a bundle.

OR if you have a smart phone I'd really recommend you go buy it there, it would play better since its a casual puzzle game, would be fitting for a phone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Adorable and slightly disturbing, an excellent combination. And the puzzles scale nicely; new elements are introduced with an easy puzzle first before combining them with other elements. Even the hard puzzles aren't frustrating - there's an instant restart-the-level option that means not wasting time if you made a mistake, and you can progress even if you can't finish a level entirely.

When I'm stressed out by real life, a few minutes of flipping sheep through the air (and through slicers, and into wolves) helps mellow me back out.
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45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
Cut 3 sheep in half, threw two halves in the water and taped the other 4 parts back together. Fed 3/5 sheep to hungry wolves and added the other 2 to the taped sheep. Realized this makes 4, not 5, and had to start sacrificing sheeps all over...again.

10/10 would fail at math again.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
The song of praise to Math, Logic and... Checks.

It's about:
  • moving bunch of animals (sheep, wolves, pigs) between platforms of different capacity;
  • delivering precise (not more, not less) amouth of animals to the extraction point;
  • making sacrifices and counting inevitable losses in advance;
  • foreseeing consequences of your actions.

Why you should play this:
  1. you consider calculation as an entertainment;
  2. 5 different worlds (30 puzzles in each) with different tasks' mechanic and new features - what started as simple moving between platforms step by step transforms into a complex (but fun) puzzle:
    • there're fences you can't overcome, trampolines, lasers, switching platforms standing everything on its ear, traps, roasting platforms killing one aminal per move, burners killing all animals instantly, portals, etc.;
    • like that's not enough, there's interaction between animals and enviroment: wolves eat sheep and can't be moved after that, lasers harmless for wolves, but splitting sheep in half (these parts are merged together on extraction point), pigs occupiy additional space on platform for their dirt-baths, if there're other aminals on platform - pigs have to be moved first, etc.
  3. nice, pleasant graphic and suitable soundtack;
  4. despite the fact that puzzles sometimes complex, it's not brain-melting kind of riddle;

Why you may not like it:
  • ... I wish I knew.

A paradise for math obsessed dorks, cold-blood calculation minds and people who know that it's impossible to make an omelet without breaking eggs.
Don't get me wrong - all these are compliments.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
This game may seem simple and easy, but I have been playing for 4 hours so far and I am on level 20 of world 2 (around 42% of the game) and its already getting hard. I had to think more than 10 minutes on some levels. The music is nice, the graphics are bright and friendly and the puzzles are hard. What else do you need from a puzzle game?
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Key supplied by developer for review.
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Divide by Sheep
(Read on for the full review!)
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TL;DR
Divide by Sheep is a wonderfully crafted puzzle game, sporting a beautiful artstyle, well paced difficulty increases with new feature introductions woven in, and a lovely dose of black humor.

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Pros
+Art: LOVELY modern-retro isometric style with great and vivid color choices.
+Gameplay: Clever use of "division" makes for a smooth and fun puzzle experience.
+Humor: The concept of the game alone is pure gold, even if the humor is black.
+Difficulty: New features and difficulty both come at a good pace, although there is sometimes inconsistency in said difficulty.
+Sound: The audio design is pretty good, and there are no problems that stand out.

Cons
-"Tutorial": The briefing for new features through the use of a single picture can make instructions a little murky at times.
-The menu is slightly awkward to navigate with a mouse.
-Nobody likes it when the "Rate this app!" page stays on a mobile port, but this isn't a huge deal.

Neutral
+/- It would be cool if there were even more options for how to divide the sheep.

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Introduction
Welcome to the wonderful world of Divide by Sheep, a fun puzzle game where it is your job to fling livestock from platform to platform to ensure the correct amount get to the end.

Gameplay
Divide by Sheep is a puzzle game through and through. There's no run and gun, there's no portals, there's no incentive to click as fast as you can, there's no minigames or leveling up. All there is, is a collection of levels with simple mechanics used in very clever ways, and a goal. That's right, it's just you and your brain. You can take as much time as you need, and retry at any time, but be prepared to do it a lot if you intend to complete every level perfectly.

Never before has it been more difficult to simply kill one sheep, or feed a few dogs. In your quest to (sometimes literally) extract these cute animals, you will have to systematically divide, subtract, and add to the groups of critters. You have various tools at your disposal for doing so, including incineration, lazers that split individuals in half, drowning, replacing (and still drowning,) jump pads that split your group up and send them in specific directions, platforms that swap with each other, etc.

Sacrifice is the name of the game, here, and it's never been more cute or fun. Divide by Sheep starts off relatively easy, and with great pacing gradually introduces more features and difficulty, although sometimes a level or two might be easier or significantly harder than previous ones. All of the puzzles are completely solvable and require experimentaiton or calculation, but never abstraction; you will never have that moment where you have to look up a solution to a puzzle and then go "How was I supposed to know that's what I was supposed to do?" The design of the levels is brilliantly clever and you will find yourself feeling increasingly satisfied with figuring out how to beat them with a perfect score. Get ready, it's really addicting!

Graphics
The graphics in Divide by Sheep are pretty simple, but very effective. It has a classic isometric style with modern design, with an almost vector art aesthetic. The menu transitions and navigation are smooth and simple, and I love how the UI stays almost completely out of the way, however, I will fault it slightly for clearly being intended for touch devices, and for having a rate this app page. There is also no option to change resolution. There is, however, a button to make the gameplay more child-friendly, which is really cool, and considerate of the developers, because this would be a great mental workout for any kid who can understand the mechanics.

If you've looked at the screenshots or trailers, then you know most of what you need to know about the game's graphics.

Audio
So there's not a whole lot to say about the audio in Divide by Sheep, except that I like the music, and surprisingly at no point found myself getting tired of it or completely tuning it out. The sounds are pleasant enough, and there's good audible feedback for actions and navigation. There are also no problems with the quality of the sound itself.

Conclusion
Divide by Sheep is an exceptional puzzle game that will keep you busy for quite a while. It is challenging and engaging but never unfair. The content to price ratio is very good, and I am entirely comfortable recommending the game at full price...in fact, they could have charged more and I would still recommend it at full price. Seriously, treat yourself.

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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
I love this game.
It's challenging.
It's adorable.
It is beyond twisted.
I'm sending a copy to everyone at my local chapter of PETA
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 2, 2015
*Reviewed With A Press Key*

Divide by sheep is a very fun puzzle game where you have to get the correct amount of sheep onto a raft, which sounds simple enough but you will have to sacrifice Sheep in order to save the correct amount. There are a tonne of different mechanics it seems as I'm only 20 levels in and already seen 6 different mechanics that add a lot of thought into the game such as little rat things that swallow your sheep. The game is laid out very mobile like but controls very well.

*Gameplay*

You jump your sheep across islands that can only fit a certain amount of Sheep, if your sheep can't fit then they fall off to their death which may be nessesary. Like I said there are a tonne of mechanics that change the way you think and play.

*Conclusion*
This game is very fun and easy to learn and I highly recommend picking up the game. I give it a 9/10 for being, fun, addictive and just awesome.

*YouTube*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knF0_gD8u3c
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
Cute puzzler that quickly got much darker. Within a few levels was flinging sheep through laser beams followed by duct taping them back together. Which may sound disturbing if not for the beautiful vector-like art. More directed towards mobile and touch interfaces can happily say had no problems with the controls or UI.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh0I7bvKOk8
Rather straight forward gameplay. Fill rafts with the correct number of animals and get rewarded stars with a total of 3 per level being possible. Gradually introduced to new obstacles such as trampolines (split packs), wolves (eat sheep) and electric fences (let's not go there). Don't let the 'math' requirement turn you away, levels could be passed by receiving 1 star if just wanting to progress further.

Depending on puzzle skills and if aiming to perfect levels, should get around 5~ hours of gametime. For the price it's worth taking at look at puzzle fans. Cheers.

Likes:
Visual Presentation
Simple Drag and Drop Controls
Fair amount of content (120 levels)

Dislikes:
Music was repetitive
(separate volume sliders are available)
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Death is lonely. Death wants some company. So naturally he would flood a plain filled with sheep and wolves, then float rafts requiring very specific numbers of dead creature souls at a time. Obviously. Divide by Sheep is a math-based puzzle game and to that end it works well. What makes it noteworthy is the window dressing, a whimsical cartoon presentation of fairly morbid subject matter.

Like many well-designed puzzle games, Divide by Sheep starts out with a simple premise, which it builds upon as the player progresses. Groups of sheep in numbers ranging from one to nine are spread across platforms whose sizes can vary within that same range. Sheep can be moved between adjacent platforms, but if a group size ever exceeds the destination platform size then the excess sheep are thrown into the water and drowned. The goal is to load life rafts with sheep, but only in specified numbers. Too few and the raft won't launch, too many and the raft will spring a leak and sink. Hitting one numerical goal for a level will unlock the next, but mastering a level requires three quotas to be met in a specific order.

n the beginning, there isn't a lot to think about. The options for adding and subtracting sheep from a group are small: combine two groups together to increase the number or throw more sheep than a platform can hold to decrease. It might sound complex in writing, but it's an easy concept to pick up after a few minutes of play. Not far in, Divide by Sheep introduces new elements to use toward the end of filling up life rafts. Fences block movement between adjacent platforms. Dynamite platforms explode and disappear if they have no occupants. Laser fields will slice sheep in half so one divided sheep takes up two spots on a platform.

The first major change comes with the introduction of wolves. If a wolf and a sheep share the same platform, the wolf will eat the sheep and become so obese it cannot be moved or fed again. Wolves have their own life rafts and the two species can never commingle on rafts. It almost reminds me of the old fox/rabbit/cabbage puzzle; there are constant calculations for when and how to feed the wolves in order to get the right number of animals to safety. A wolf can be fed to completion on half a sheep, so one sheep sent through a laser can feed two wolves. With all of the mechanics put together, there are several ways to add and subtract from groups of sheep and wolves.

What I like about the setup is that even though there is often only one three-star solution to a puzzle, there are several different avenues to mentally attack it from. In some levels when the quotas are high, it's important to note exactly how many animals can be safely sacrificed. Others require a different kind of foresight, forcing one initial move since all others would lead to failure. Still more are so complex that a sort of trial-and-error can reveal the path to the best answer.

The next big wrinkle comes in the Dark World, where Death finally shows up. He has rafts of his own, and he is collecting souls. It doesn't matter how the animals die; they can be drowned, sliced, eaten, or burned and he will take them. It eventually gets to a point where sheep can do double duty in terms of raft occupancy. The sheep can be cut in half to fill Death's raft, then duct taped back together to fill a sheep raft.

That highlights the odd tone of Divide by Sheep. At a glance, it looks like an average cartoony mobile title. The soundtrack is bouncy and upbeat. So the juxtaposition of that G-rated presentation and the graphic slaughter with copious amounts of blood is funny in the same way the fictional cartoon The Itchy & Scratchy Show is. It would be disturbing if it weren't also adorable.

Divide by Sheep hits the perfect level of difficulty, where every stage makes me think for at least a few seconds, but each one is also small and self-contained enough that persistence and critical thinking can always lead to victory. It has never felt too easy nor have I ever been permanently stumped. It's smart, it's pretty, and it never dwells on any one idea for too long. At its heart is a quality math puzzler, but what makes it shine is the dark comedy found in killing cartoon animals just to satisfy some arbitrary numerical requirements.
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