You know what they say, it's a wolf-eat-pig world out there for farmers. Play as a trustworthy farm canine and unlock your inner guard dog as you run, jump and bark to keep your farm safe from predators.
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Mixed (39 reviews) - 69% of the 39 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 25, 2015

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February 17

1.27 - Music is life!

Finally, all levels are revamped :)
A lot of music added to the game jukebox.

Now, only constructive comments will be listened

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February 9

1.26 path extension

The new 1.26 version contains the prototype of the jukebox, more songs will be added soon!
Also:
- Level 14-20 improved/revamped (watch the twitchs -> user juaxix )
- Use keys:
+ J or Select GamePad button : show jukebox
+ K or L1 GamePad button: prev song
+ L or R1 GamePad button: next song
- More improvements in steering behaviours and overall AI

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About This Game

You know what they say, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Or more specifically, a wolf-eat-pig world if you happen to be a farmer.

In addition to livestock being devoured on a constant basis, you also have to worry about animals getting lost or even alien abductions! Thankfully, this is where you come in, the trustworthy farm canine.

In Herding Dog, you play as a herding dog (duh!), dedicated to protecting your master's farm!

Features
  • Enjoy a unique and beautiful geometric artistic style
  • Relax while you explore the various farmlands
  • Defend cute farm animals from the dangers of the world
  • Earn the highest scores, show that you are the top dog

Herding Dog is a delightfully fun game which is guaranteed to make you have a barking good time!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 7600 GT / HD 2600
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL2.0, XBox 360 Gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX660Ti
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL2.0, XBox 360 Gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 9
    • Processor: Core 2 duo
    • Graphics: intel
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz+
    • Graphics: nvidia
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mixed (39 reviews)
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Jrbdog
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
It's a nice mindless time waster if you have a few minutes with nothing to do. Besides that, it is shallow, the music can be annoying (depending on whether you like it I guess), there are some bugs, and the controls and Ui make it feel like a mobile port.Worth the price, but nothing more than that.
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Desolater IV
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
A Casual Kid-Friendly Game
https://youtu.be/6L5rfqMCHys
+ A large variety of short levels that each have very different goals and objectives
+ Good looking colorful graphics and textures
+ Very easy and relaxing game

- A bit too easy, not much of a challenge
- Sometimes it's hard to tell where you need to lead the animals to
- The camera is in a somewhat odd fixed position above the dog making it hard to see where animals are or your surroundings. It would have been nice if you could adjust the camera or zoom out

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EnduroDoug
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
I don't want to demeen anybody's creation, but life is too short to play Herding Dog.

It's bright and cheery and you can unlock 4 Achievements in about 8 seconds flat. Uninstalled in 5 minutes. Sorry.
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ZiTo_HiMSeLF
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
iz gud gaem haz bark buttin
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Blathersby
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
I actually really enjoy this game. Very calming (unless you ♥♥♥♥ing have to stop like 3 foxes from eating your pig men) and gots a soundtrack to kick too. I got half of the achievments the first time I played. Maybe it was glitch. The game gets some updates with fixes and even more music everytime.
Buy it if you enjoy dogs or herding. If you dont you should they're great cultures
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pyrocraziac
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.

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OVERVIEW

Herding Dog is a game that is very straightforward. You control a dog who has to help a farmer after he became sick. You control this dog with the mouse. Left click to set a location for the dog or hold to have it follow the cursor. Right click to make the dog bark. Barking at the farm animals that you are supposed to corral will cause them to spew chunks of poo while farting. The levels are very much the same with a variety of what seems to be 3 objectives: corral an animal, scare away a predator, and/or collect an item. In the time I have played I have visited 2/3 of the levels and received 10/13 achievements.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/409290/

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PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Good for teaching mouse skills to young children
  • Color palette for the game is appealing
  • Can scare the crap out of animals by barking
  • Graphics are very simple

Cons

  • While it is a short game, the lack of level variety works against the overall game
  • Intermittent bugs: immediately closing when hitting escape, animals run out of bounds
  • Two songs in current soundtrack, only one song will repeat for duration of level
  • Dialogue boxes pop up and take up considerable screen real estate which must be manually closed in time sensitive levels
  • Achievements are semi-bugged and will activate when conditions were not actually met
  • Two separate breaking bugs stopped me from progressing on two different attempts of the highest level I reached, at which point I gave up
  • Graphics are very simple

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SUMMARY & FINAL RATING

The parent part of me would recommend this game for teaching a young child to use a mouse. There is no violence and the game mechanics are very simple and predictable from level to level. The gamer part of me would recommend against this game because it largely feels incomplete and several bugs exist, some of which stopped my progress. The developer seems to be still updating this game and this review represents the game state as of February 13, 2016.

3/10

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MintArcade
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
This game is really nice and my children love it, especially youngest. It's relaxing and fun. While game is in active development new patches are coming from developer regularly, bugs are fixed, new features introduced and that is very good. I've been playing this game on mobile before and it looks really good over there too.

Music is fun, but repetitive although in the newest update now you can choose what to listen. I'm sure more and more tracks will be introduced, and may be ability to "randomize" playlist.

As the game is in early access, so reviews like mine are not good representation of the current status of the game as more and more bugs are eliminated, reviews are outdated quickly, that why I'd recommend this game but not white about bugs :D
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Eskema
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
Interesting concept :) specially my nephew will enjoy this a lot. It's really catchy and it takes time to manage all the animals in your "farm" :)
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~Senpaige~ Daddyhughes111
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVYAHrSNp3U
Really obvious mobile port. The UI is one of the worst UI's i think i have ever had to deal with. As well as that, the game is played with the mouse unless you are on the level select which uses the keyboard? Why? Only appealing thing of this game is the graphics sadly. Each level seems to change mechanics which seems like a good thing at first until you realize this means you have no idea what you're doing most of the time.
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Shwgar
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
This is a quite simple game were you chase away foxes and wolfs from your herd, you also have to do some actuall herding!

While I enjoyed the game for a short stint before getting a bit bored and anoyed by the music (the developer might add a jukebox function), my kids absolutely loved the game and were laughing their tiny asses off!


https://youtu.be/wuaAqYuBJhM

+ Kids will love it
+ It's actually quite fun for a short stint

- A bit repetetive
- Super catchy music, but on a short loop
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 15
PRE-BETA/RELEASE REVIEW
Please know that what I say in this review may NOT be in the final release of the game!

Now that thats out of the way

Please ignore the hours, for whatever reason steam didnt wanna record them.


Hearding Dog-What is it?
Hearding dog is a game that is meant for a younger audience. Being myself as a 17 Year old male, probably didnt reflect to the fullest due to my age, BUT I knew that would be an issue so I brought in my brother to play the game a bit. Il get into that later.

Welcome to the dog life, where you catch birds. Chase pigs around and stop those pesky Fox's and Wolf's from harming your animal friends! Your dog has no name, this is where the creativity comes in for you or your child. Name your dog as you play. Make sure its something with meaning. If your kid cant remember what they named it write it down. Better yet, take an ingame screenshot from the pause menu and print it out for your child to hang on the fridge. As you or your child progreses through the game they will learn to bond with it. Even for me, I needed to make sure that I got all the tasks done and done right.

I played through it and enjoyed it very well. So since I knew this was meant for a younger audience, I called my little brother over, sat him on my lap and watched him learn how the game mechanics worked. We plugged in his xbox controller and it worked like a charm. His eyes bounced on the screen as his mind conquered the little tasks that the game asked for him to do. As the joysticks clicked, so did his mind! The ingame tips helped him here and there as he did'nt fully understand why the other animals were running away from him. I had to explain to him that you were supposed to put them there and so on. Then the in-game tip showed up and he understood immediatly, After beating his first level that required and used this game mechanic he squeeled with excitment and continued to play. Thanks to the easy and basic menu layout, he was able to travel to the next level with ease. Did he care that the map was a little wonky here and there? Not at all. He just wanted to play with spud (Thats what he named him after catching his first bird) again. He knew that spud needed him to complete the task, and (What I told him) spud needs my little bro to complete his task. The perfect duo.He completed multiple levels before I went up and made supper, when I came back down he was 2 level farther then before. Almost to the end I knew, so I got him off to eat. While we ate he talked about him and spud were able to get passed certain obsticles, and how spud was chasing the pigs around the house for awhile ( Level 5 I believe ). He honestly enjoyed this game I can tell. He asked to play more and I simply said " I need to tell more people about this buddy, maybe after if it isn't close to your bedtime"

So, from a childs perspective he loved it. Found it brilliant for his mind, and it definatly told him about loyalty and teamwork.

Of course I did not have this experience as a teenager at the age of 17, but it was good enough for me to play to the end right?

Pros
  • CHILDREN WILL LOVE THIS GAME
  • Teach kids about teamwork and self being
  • A fun and simple game meant for a younger audience, not many on steam!
  • Good gameplay and works well with a microsoft liscenced controller
  • You dont need a heavy PC to play this. I belive all the settings are auto configured for your PC
  • Ability to in-game screenshot
  • Simple yet affective game menu. Little bro whipped past it with ease
  • Spark convorsation with family, along with possibly getting a real dog for the adventures to continue!
  • Fun music that fits perfectly with what your playing
  • Achievements GALORE. Kids love seeing that pop up after completing a level!

Cons
  • Will lag a bit here and there, nothing to serious but may be something fixable
  • The world map when changing levels is a bit wonky
  • Chasing pigs and the other animals can become a pain due to them not going the right way, maybe have some sort of auto-lead to the objective or a closer pull in radious of some sort
  • Using the WASD keys has ALOT of input lag, would recommend only using mouse or gamepad

As I find more for the review I will add it in!

Please keep in mind that this is a PRE-RELEASE review and does not condone the full end game. When the game releases hopefully most of the bugs and issues here and there are fixed. Not many have been found!

I would also like to personnaly thank Juan ( The creator of the game ) for giving myself and my little bro the chance to play this game. He gave me the chance to review the game along with giving away a few copies for my group that can be found here

It turned out to be much better then expected and I hope to see some DLC come out of it!

Thanks alot for reading this ENTIRE review, as I hope to bring in more sales to this amazing Dev!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.

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OVERVIEW

Herding Dog is a game that is very straightforward. You control a dog who has to help a farmer after he became sick. You control this dog with the mouse. Left click to set a location for the dog or hold to have it follow the cursor. Right click to make the dog bark. Barking at the farm animals that you are supposed to corral will cause them to spew chunks of poo while farting. The levels are very much the same with a variety of what seems to be 3 objectives: corral an animal, scare away a predator, and/or collect an item. In the time I have played I have visited 2/3 of the levels and received 10/13 achievements.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/409290/

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PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Good for teaching mouse skills to young children
  • Color palette for the game is appealing
  • Can scare the crap out of animals by barking
  • Graphics are very simple

Cons

  • While it is a short game, the lack of level variety works against the overall game
  • Intermittent bugs: immediately closing when hitting escape, animals run out of bounds
  • Two songs in current soundtrack, only one song will repeat for duration of level
  • Dialogue boxes pop up and take up considerable screen real estate which must be manually closed in time sensitive levels
  • Achievements are semi-bugged and will activate when conditions were not actually met
  • Two separate breaking bugs stopped me from progressing on two different attempts of the highest level I reached, at which point I gave up
  • Graphics are very simple

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SUMMARY & FINAL RATING

The parent part of me would recommend this game for teaching a young child to use a mouse. There is no violence and the game mechanics are very simple and predictable from level to level. The gamer part of me would recommend against this game because it largely feels incomplete and several bugs exist, some of which stopped my progress. The developer seems to be still updating this game and this review represents the game state as of February 13, 2016.

3/10

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Cool game for kids, but not sure if it would be a better mobile game. Nice style and great music/sounds.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
A Casual Kid-Friendly Game
https://youtu.be/6L5rfqMCHys
+ A large variety of short levels that each have very different goals and objectives
+ Good looking colorful graphics and textures
+ Very easy and relaxing game

- A bit too easy, not much of a challenge
- Sometimes it's hard to tell where you need to lead the animals to
- The camera is in a somewhat odd fixed position above the dog making it hard to see where animals are or your surroundings. It would have been nice if you could adjust the camera or zoom out

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
This game is really nice and my children love it, especially youngest. It's relaxing and fun. While game is in active development new patches are coming from developer regularly, bugs are fixed, new features introduced and that is very good. I've been playing this game on mobile before and it looks really good over there too.

Music is fun, but repetitive although in the newest update now you can choose what to listen. I'm sure more and more tracks will be introduced, and may be ability to "randomize" playlist.

As the game is in early access, so reviews like mine are not good representation of the current status of the game as more and more bugs are eliminated, reviews are outdated quickly, that why I'd recommend this game but not white about bugs :D
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Awesome game with an unique idea and with beautiful art style.
I would love other dogs you can play.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I actually really enjoy this game. Very calming (unless you ♥♥♥♥ing have to stop like 3 foxes from eating your pig men) and gots a soundtrack to kick too. I got half of the achievments the first time I played. Maybe it was glitch. The game gets some updates with fixes and even more music everytime.
Buy it if you enjoy dogs or herding. If you dont you should they're great cultures
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Interesting concept :) specially my nephew will enjoy this a lot. It's really catchy and it takes time to manage all the animals in your "farm" :)
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
To put it blunt and to the point, Herding Dog is absolutely abysmal. This is one of the worst games I've ever played, not only on Steam but on any platform whatsoever. It's incredibly obvious that no true love or dedication went into this game on the part of the developer. This game is nothing but a cash grab that boasts itself as "relaxational" and "casual". What Herding Dog truly is, is broken and unfinished. That being said, I do give the artist some kudos.

The game looks like a mobile port, or that it is laid out to be a mobile/touch screen game. It has various bubble style pop-ups that are exceedingly annoying. These pop-ups act as tutorials, however they not only pop in the middle of your screen, right over what you're doing, but they also appear in the top portion of the screen. I do not understand why these "tutorials" must show themselves twice each time, or why the developer would choose to put them right in the middle of the screen; generally when this happens in other titles, the gameplay is paused for a brief period, but not here.

From the beginning, I had no clue what I was doing except for running around, chasing away birds and collecting dog food. It wasn't until the 3rd or 4th level while herding that the aforementioned obnoxious "tutorials" told me that I could bark to help herd an animal in the right direction. Even then, it told me after I'd herded the animals without the use of the bark mechanic. You can herd various animals, such as goats, chickens, pigs, piglets and sheep, and each of them are supposed to react differently, although I saw no difference. The animals habitually got stuck up against rocks and trees, or in the corner of the map as I was herding them, which caused the game to become immensely frustrating. Another frustrating factor is you never know exactly where you should herd the animals to, it's not indicated anywhere except on a specific spot on the level. There's no map or guide system to point you in the right direction, and herding an animal is already bothersome enough without having to chase it all over the map to finally find the "safe zone" it should stay in. As I said earlier, this game is anything but "relaxational".

Glitches, this game is full of them. In fact, as I was playing the last level I was tasked to scare birds, herd animals and fight wolves. Well, I managed to scare away the birds, as I attempted to herd an animal they glitched out with the wolves and disappeared from the entire map, rendering the entire level broken and it forced me to restart. The achievements unlock in the game, but they don't even stay unlocked after you exit the game. I have no idea how that happens, but it does, and it's the first time I've ever seen anything like it.

The Steam store states "Herding Dog is a delightfully fun game which is guaranteed to make you have a barking good time!" If there were ever a case to sue for false advertising, it would be here. This game is frustrating, annoying, broken beyond belief, unfinished, unpolished and abysmally amateurish. The repetitive music even gets irritating. Stay as far away from Herding Dog as you possibly can. If a friend gifts it to you, unfriend them. Play Bad Rats instead. Watch paint dry. Whatever you do, just do not support this wretched, unfinished title. I've asked for a refund of this game.

PATCH UPDATE:
Fine, fine. You people just like to see me in misery.

+ Herding still sucks, but doesn't suck as bad. Not as frustrating.
+ Achievements finally unlock.
+ No more annoying tutorial pop-ups mid screen.

- No tutorial pop-ups whatsoever. Couldn't fix it I guess, so just removed it.
- Still glitchy. Beating level 3 takes you back to level 1, and it still says "Scare the Birds" but you're catching bunnies.
- Still the same damn music track for the entire damn game.
- What new sound effects? One I could count, when the animal you're herding is being selected. Which doesn't always work.
- The "danger cam" is nice, but it doesn't indicate where the danger IS. You have to still find the fox/wolf.
- Level 21 is still broken beyond belief. I collected apples, the animals disappeared.

Rating: 0.5/5.0 - Abysmal, avoid it like the plague.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Herding Dog is a easy to understand and repeditive game, this is not always a bad thing. This game you should play every now and again when you're bored or just not enough time for something els.
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