By Spencer . April 12, 2010 . 12:33am
Now we know what that Sheep Defense Squad trademark we discovered in Japan’s database was for. Sony has a game called Sheep Defense which they plan to publish in North America. The title, along with Ramen Heaven and over a dozen other PSP games appeared on the ESRB with Sony Computer Entertainment America as the publisher.
Details about each game follow.
Busy Sweets Factory
This is an activity game in which players decorate sweets cakes, slices of pie, and ice cream as they appear on a conveyor belt. Players add as much frosting, whipped cream, and other decorations as possible to score the highest points.
Charge! Tank Squad
This is an arcade-style shooter game in which players move tanks and helicopters across a grid to intercept and destroy enemy forces. Players can fire small ball-shaped, colored missiles and rockets at the enemies to clear the grid. This results in frequent fiery blasts and explosions, and occasional helicopter crashes.
This is a sports game in which players can compete in games of tabletop baseball. Players pitch and hit the ball, causing it to land in various openings on the board that represent singles, home runs, and outs.
This is an action game in which players shoot arrows at floating hearts in the sky. As hearts are captured, players help bring love to a series of boy-girl couples. There are also scattered eyeball-shaped creatures that players can hit with the arrows, causing them to pop and disappear.
This is a trivia game in which players are asked to identify musical sounds. Questions can involve recognizing which instrument, musical note, or chord is being played.
One Two Boat Racing
This is a racing game in which players paddle a boat to reach a finish line. Players must evade obstacles as they alternate between paddling left and right to gain maximum speed.
Pile Up Bakery
This is a puzzle game in which players compete to stack the highest pile of falling pastries, cakes, and slices of fruit onto a platform. Players must properly balance the stack to prevent it from falling down.
In this pinball-style game, two players take control of each side of a double-ended pinball table. Players use flippers to send pinballs back and forth, aiming them at the opponent’s goal.
This is a trivia game in which players are asked to identify animals based on various obscured pictures. Some questions are accompanied by can blurry pictures of animals, zoomed-in views of ears or horns, and pictures that flash on the screen for just a second.
This is puzzle game in which players compete to gather the most amount of floating oil into a spoon inside a bowl of Ramen soup. Players must carefully move the oil while avoiding other ingredients which can cause oil bubbles to break apart into the soup.
This is an action game in which players help sheepdogs defend a flock of sheep from wolves and bears that try to run off with the sheep. The dogs move around the flock and bark at the animals to turn them away. If the dogs are unsuccessful, they can get hit and stunned as the wolves/bears capture the sheep.
This is a board game in which players compete in games of Shogi, also known as Japanese Chess. The game features Japanese scenery and props, traditional Shogi game pieces, and Asian-themed sound effects.
This is a Reversi game in which players use macaroon cookies instead of traditional game pieces. Matches are won when all the spots are filled and one player’s macaroons dominate the board.
This is a racing game in which players help a sea otter swim toward a goal while avoiding a pursuing killer whale. Along the way, players collect shellfish to recover stamina, dive to avoid obstacles, and throw shells to slow down the whale. If the whale catches up to and swallows an otter, a "cartoony" otter-angel floats above the water.
All of these games sound too small for retail. Shogi, Sheep Defense, and SCEA’s sea otter swimming game are probably downloadable games, but not first party PlayStation Minis. Why? Because these were only rated as PSP games. Minis are rated for PlayStation 3 and PSP.
There was one other interesting title on the list – Finger Connection. Somewhat akin to Q?pid, you play this game by putting your fingers on the PSP. Players spin a wheel that tells them which colored spot to touch. You lose if your hands become too twisted to touch the assigned area.