Ever wonder what made those crop circles you read about in the news? Capcom’s upcoming title, Flock!, may just have the answer. The Flock! universe is inhabited entirely by stuffed toys living in a quilted world. Players will control an other-worldly UFO sent to this comfy world to herd the animals onto a Mothership for purposes… of an undetermined nature. I’m not sure I want to know why these aliens require the plushies. Maybe they can’t get to sleep at night without a cuddly?
Flock uses a sophisticated physics engine that drives the challenging puzzle elements of the game. Whether it’s using the tractor beam to move obstacles out of the way, or the depressor beam to stamp out crop circles to guide your herds, being an extraterrestrial has never been this addictive. And when all the levels have been completed, users can make their own with the level editor that comes with the game.
Flock! definitely has a Lemmings or Pikmin vibe going for it. Judging by the trailer, I know I’ll spend most of my time “catapulting chickens into a minefield of moles” just because I can. Flock! is scehduled for an April 2009 release on XBLA, PSNetwork and, wonder of wonders, PC.