(You start with this screen and cannot skip it.  At least you can see all the different animals)

There is a little game for the the Atari 2600 called Stampede where you have to lasso cows.  This game is somewhat similar to that but is unique enough to set it apart.  This is one of those odd little games that you will either really like or really hate.  It can be infuriating at times but it is not ridiculously hard.

You are a cowboy who needs to lasso animals.  You start off with sheep that are yellow.  They look like they are covered in butter or something.  I know some of you are snickering out there.  It is your job to lasso all of them.  You get 900 points for each one and more points for getting multiple ones with one lasso.  Sounds pretty easy.  Well these are not ordinary sheep, they are killers!  If they hit you, say goodbye as you are dead.  Talk about some nasty sheep.  Must be the butter.

(Butter covered sheep and there is that pesky dragon.)

Just lassoing killer sheep would not be enough of a game.  They also throw angry dogs or wolves or maybe even dingos at you.  These canines charge at you and want to eat you.  You cannot lasso them and they will break up your lasso.  So how do you deal with these dogs?  You shoot fireballs at them!   Why didn't I know that.  You can win a level by either killing all the dogs or lassoing all the sheep.  Not exactly the kind of game that is endorsed by PETA. 

But wait, there is more to this game.  If killer sheep and angry dogs were not enough, you also have to deal with dragons.  They pop out of the ground and shoot fire at you.  Why?  I have no idea.  But they can be a real pain.  Just avoid them at all costs.

One thing you will learn in this game is not to get cornered.  There are a few areas that it is quite easy to get cornered in.  If that happens, you will be up to your eyeballs in sheep, dogs and dragons.  So keep moving and you should do allright.  I found it easier to just kill all the dogs than to lasso all the sheep.  But you may find the other way easier.

(At least the cows look normal.)

Once you finish the sheep, you get cows.  These look normal enough.  Finish that level and you get to corral blue horses.  Sounds strange but so does dragons that pop out of the ground, so it is pretty much par for the course on this game.

While the game can be tough and it is a bit strange, I found myself enjoying it.  It is quite a challenge to beat a level and trying to get to the horses is enough to drive a sane man crazy.  It is not a classic by any stretch but it is pretty fun.  Just one of those little games you will play from time to time.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.



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