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Herdy Gerdy

by Eidos
PlayStation2
 Ages 3 and Over
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Play as Gerdy, an apprentice herder on an epic quest
  • Cross an island populated by an assortment of wild creatures
  • Control 12 unruly island species, each with its own intellect and personality
  • Solve puzzles, manage resources, and employ strategy
  • 27 expansive environments filled with 200+ non-playable characters
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00005O6X1
  • Release Date: 22 Feb 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,183 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Herdy Gerdy is set on an idyllic island populated by an assortment of weird and wonderful creatures; you play Gerdy, a young boy whose father has been put under a sleeping spell on the day he was to compete in the island's annual herding tournament. Gerdy has to win the tournament to save him; each part of his journey to the tournament consists of a level that contains an amount of doops, bleeps and other bizarre wildlife that has to be herded into appropriate pens. Once the required quotas are reached, the next level is unlocked. All this is made difficult by the island's predators who feed on the smaller creatures requiring you to keep them apart, though helpful items can be obtained from the various stereotypical game characters that you come across to aid you in your quest. The locations are lovingly created in cel-shaded splendour and look fantastic. The opening levels consist of lush meadows filled with chirping insects and butterflies before moving on to snowy mountains and desert towns; each contains a hundred bells that can unlock cheats to further longevity when collected.

Herdy Gerdy's main drawback is its camera, which lurches around and often gets lodged behind scenery; this is especially frustrating when trying to lure something into a trap or manoeuvring through narrow passages, as it zooms in directly behind Gerdy, making it difficult to see what lies ahead. This, coupled with some torturous loading times, really flaws an otherwise impressive game. With so much going for it, though, anyone armed with the requisite patience could overlook these faults and end up really enjoying the experience.--Jonathan Winter

Product Description

In Herdy Gerdy, apprentice herder Gerdy embarks on an epic quest to revive his father from an evil spell. His journey takes him across an island populated by an assortment of wild creatures. To defeat his father's nemesis and restore goodness to the island, Gerdy must hone his herding skills and ultimately compete in a magnificent tournament to become Master Herder. You must master the complex relationships between the wild inhabitants, Gerdy's herding techniques, and different environmental elements. You will control 12 unruly island species, each with its own intellects, personality and behaviour patterns. Solve puzzles, manage resources and employ a high level of strategic thinking to manipulate the various creatures. Immerse yourself in a living, breathing world with lush graphics, incredibly fluid animation and an unparalleled level of detail, and explore 27 expansive environments filled with more than 200 non-playable characters. You will experience absorbing, continuous gameplay without load times, detailed character skin and bone structure, a complex lighting system, and a seamless blend of natural-looking animation and control. Along the way, you must acquire tools, guidance, and experience from key non-playable characters by winning challenges and successfully completing side quests.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Herdy Gerdy is a very difficult game to judge. On one hand, it's an incredibly charming game, with lots of unique and varied features. On the other, it sometimes can't help but annoy you with it's many small faults which tarnish what could have been one of the PS2's brightest stars.
In the game you play Gerdy, the son of a master shepherd. When his father is mysteriously put in a deep, unwakeable sleep just before a big herding tournament, young Gerdy must take part in his father's place. And so begins your journey to the tournament across the island, meeting many people and slowly learning how to become a master herder along the way.
When I got started, the first thing I noticed was how alive the game seemed to feel. When you start outside Gerdy's house, you will notice butterflies flying around, and rabbits hopping along, all seemingly without a care in the world. It makes it all feel very pleasant and real. The graphics are done in a very cartoony style, and while the surrounding environments look suitably attractive and coloured, the characters seemed a bit lazily designed and animated by comparison.
The actual herding part of the game is generally very well done, and often will leave you with a big smile once tasks have successfully been completed. There are many different types of animal to herd in the game, and you have to use different techniques to herd each one. To aid you in this, you get different items such as a flute to charm certain animals into following you, or a pair of shoes so you can run faster and effectively herd quicker (in this respect I found the game very reminiscent of Zelda - collecting items in order to progress).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Marvellous... 3 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This game has a great feel to it. Theres a certain charm to be had from ferrying the little creatures into their pens whilst running away from the predators.
Ex-Warner Bros artists were responsible for the graphics and it shows - the world is like a moving cartoon and incredibly next gen, forget the jerkiness - its not common throughout the game.
If you want a charming platform game with a nice twist then pick this up now. Unmissable.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a herding game? Eh? 3 Jan 2002
Yes, it's a herding game, which as dumb as it sounds is actually not bad. There's a strange tranquility of running around in this painted world, and somewhere in there is a real thinking man's game. I don't want to ruin this game for anyone, so I'll keep it vague. There are different animals which react differently to things you do. You have a horn, which though attracts one type of animal, might scare the living bejesus out of another. You have to find which instrument of herding fits with job you need to do. This game will have you guessing for months, and is worthly of a purchase for sure, but will sadly be over looked. Not just a kid's game.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best game for the PS2 in a long long time... 25 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Herdy Gerdy is a truly excellent game.

This game may appear to be somewhat of a child's game but that could not be further away from the truth. From the superb Don Bluth-like cartoon graphics, to the excellent sound and music, all the way through to the highly addictive gameplay, Herdy Gerdy oozes quality.

The premise involves Gerdy embarking on a quest to revive his father from an evil spell. His journey takes him across an island populated by an assortment of wild creatures. To defeat his father's nemesis and restore goodness to the island, Gerdy must hone his herding skills by solving puzzles, managing resources and employing strategic thinking to manipulate the various creatures of these amazing lands.

Herdy Gerdy perfectly balances multiple genres into a seamless and highly entertaining game. A cross between Lemmings, Sheep, Zelda, and Mario to name a few - HG retains many of their key elements but without appearing to be old hat or derivative. It approaches all the old style gaming concepts with a fresh originality that borders on perfection and you quickly become involved in an extremely well made, humorous, puzzle/quest game.

I would recommend Herdy Gerdy to any gamer looking for something more than the usual PS2 games (hit this, blast that) that are available. The rewards for playing this little gem are wide ranging, from: solving the various puzzles and challenges, to the story driven elements, to simply being involved in an awesome interactive cartoon.

Herdy Gerdy is simply too good to miss out on. An essential purchase for the PS2.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 7 May 2002
By A Customer
Forget the whinges about the long loading times... yes, they're "long", but no longer than for Quake 3. The programmers (are they the "six wise men" Yggdrasil refers to, I wonder?) were obviously well "into" this game, the attention to detail is just outstanding. Everything clicks - the music is just right, the voice acting is excellent (for once!), the storyline is entertaining.. the whole game just feels "classy". I just don't care about the load times, this game is perfect in every other aspect.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad name great game! 2 Jan 2002
Everyday when you play a platformer try spotting the similarities that you see between them e.g.Donkey Kong, Banjo Kazooie, Mario: they are all about collecting things and defeating bosses, that is what a platform game, is Brainless and dull.
Well, that was right but now we see Herdy Gerdycoming into the scene to re-write the text books on what makes a good game. The game is without a doubt the most brain teasing platformer out there, you don't take the obvious routes all the time, now that is something that you don't see everyday. But if you like the genre you have nothing to lose this games graphics are very plush and cartoonie (how do spell that?)the scenes are beautiful, the water believe it or not looks like water. Alert the media. The water instead of looking as if you could bounce off it like a big blue trampoline, is actually transparent looking, go on load you consoles platformer up, look at the water I completely certainly tell you it cannot compare to this.
The plot isn't the least orginal either. Of course one of you lover/relatives (in this case your father) has a spell on them or has been kidnapped but in this one you are an aprentice herder who is herding up sheep. Well I said it was original not exciting :).
The game has great worlds, & the character don't float inches above the ground. What can I say but shear masterpiece.
GREAT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herdy Gerdy = Amaze
I played this game as a kid as I have got older I have fell in love with it! It is just so great and im not exsaggerating fun for kids, parents and the rest of the family. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Alisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and beautifull!
What an original concept! Herding strange little animals into pens over often perillous landscape. Protecting them from Gromps and other enemies, heights, water, etc, as you work... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2008 by Mrs. Sharon L. Lawson
1.0 out of 5 stars The Bad Game
Herdy Gerdy was the 3rd game that I got - I'm 8 years old - and I was extremley disappointed in herding chickens into a pen all the time! Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2004 by Gabriel Neophytou
1.0 out of 5 stars Herdy Gerdy, fun? I don't think so.
This is one of the worst games I've ever played. It is dull as watching paint dry!
If you want a exciting and fun platform game avoid this as all you'll be do is chasing these... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2003 by Shirley
1.0 out of 5 stars Herdy Gerdy, fun? I don't think so.
This is one of the worst games I've ever played. It is dull as watching paint dry!
If you want a exciting and fun platform game avoid this as all you'll be do is chasing these... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2003 by Shirley
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll be brief !
The idea behind the game is a good one and the puzzles in it are great, however, the game is severely flawed in several areas. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Being different isn't always the best
I don't like this game. I don't like it at all.
Lets start with the object of the game: To herd sheep. It doesn't sound fun, and it isn't. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2002 by Melissa
2.0 out of 5 stars Good game - shame about the annoying camera
I agree with many of the other reviews here that the game is very good - however I found the camera to be so annoying that it made the game almost unplayable. Read more
Published on 24 April 2002 by G-Force
3.0 out of 5 stars Slowly does it
I had heard a lot about this game many many months before it's release in games magazines and the like, basically saying that it was totally worth the wait. Read more
Published on 2 April 2002 by "jasper3664"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!!! How games should be...
I wasnt sure about this game when i first glanced across it. I havent really seen anything on it in mags or the internet but it sounded kind of weird! Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2002
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