Want to play a fun “Hit the Target” game with an unusual choice of projectile? Sheep Toss is a wacky mouse-clicking, skill-based game for kids of all ages, and is designed to put a smile on your face, and maybe an odd frown when you repeatedly miss a target. Scrappy the Sheepdog is a laid-back but innovative & eccentric character who doesn’t fancy running all over a vast 3D farm all day to round up and direct the wandering sheep from one area to another. Instead, Scrappy the Sheepdog fancies himself as a bit of an inventor and pioneer, and has invented a custom-made, sling-shot contraption from a simple elasticated hammock in order to catapult the sheep through the air into highlighted “penned” areas and farm buildings. If this works, Scrappy can launch the sheep into their pen (a fenced grazing area or farmyard barn) without breaking sweat. However, he needs your unique sheep-slinging expertise to make sure the sheep fly through the air with the correct direction and distance!
Now, we don’t want to pull the wool over your eyes and give the impression that this game is simply a breeze; Sheep tossing in fact can be a really challenging test of your accuracy and mouse-clicking skills. This highly enjoyable online target-hitting activity (that shares some parallels with golf) requires a very deft hand, good judgement, gentle patience, dogged determination, and a lot of initial trial and error as it takes a while to get your swing (or should we say “sling”) just right. You also have to take any wind speed and sheep “bounciness” on landing into consideration as you try to carefully gauge the correct power, direction, and trajectory of each sheep toss. Good luck, and enjoy a good laugh with your friends and family!
How to Play: Note: This game requires Adobe Shockwave Player to play. It may take some additional time to load, depending on the power of your computer and speed of your internet connection. In each of the 9 increasingly difficult levels, your goal is to get a certain number of sheep (3 or 4 depending on the level) into a designated “Pen” area on a large 3D farm. In each level, the Pen is in a different place, and can be a small fenced-in area, a barn or other roofed structure. To begin the action in each level from your elevated launching pad, you have 9 brave volunteer sheep at your disposal. The number of sheep that you need to land into the Pen in order to progress is indicated by a white sheep icon which appears just above the hammock in mid-screen when you click to play the level (This same icon also displays the number of sheep you have remaining in that level).
In the first level, use your mouse to show Scrappy the Sheepdog how to place the sheep on the hammock. In further levels, the launchable sheep are then automatically loaded onto the hammock by Scrappy. A yellow arrow highlights the target Pen in each level (usually a long way off in the distance). To launch a sheep, click and hold down the Left Button on your computer mouse or touchpad. A cross-hair Target Marker then appears, and is your aiming device. A close-up window snapshot of where the Target Marker is currently positioned appears in the top right corner of the game screen (in order to give you a better aiming guide). Drag and place the Target Marker in your desired landing area, and release the click to catapult the sheep into the air. If you are very good or very lucky, the happy sheep ends up safely in the Pen. If you run out of volunteer sheep to launch before your reach the required number of sheep that must end up in the Pen, it’s game over, and you have to start all over again from the 1st level!
You also have to consider any wind factor affecting your sheep’s flight path (A red and white Wind Sock indicates the direction and speed of the wind). For example, if the Wind Sock shows that the wind is blowing from right-to-left, aim your toss a little to the right of the Pen. In some levels, your sheep are particularly bouncy. If they land straight into the Pen, they may bounce out (just like a golf ball on a green). Can you think of a solution to help avoid this situation? Also, in levels 5 and 9, your sheep wear heavy armor, and that extra weight causes them to stop in the exact spot they land on. So plenty to think about before you commit each throw!