20 June 2014
If you're looking for a fun project this summer holiday, why not make a Scratch game starring BBC TV's Shaun the Sheep? Aardman, the talented team of animators behind Shaun the Sheep, have released a set of Scratch sprites you can use to put Shaun, Shirley, the pigs and some of their surroundings into your Scratch games. It's all part of Shaun's Game Academy, a programme to help people to learn computer game design using Scratch, with a competition for Scratch games created using the Shaun the Sheep sprites.
The sprites have been released in a number of projects on the Scratch website. Some of them don't have any scripts, just sprites in, so they don't do anything. Here's how to get the sprites out of those projects:
- Go into one of the projects in the Scratch editor.
- Click to open the Backpack at the bottom of the screen, under the Scripts Area and the Blocks Palette. You don't need to do this if the Backpack is already open.
- Drag a sprite from the Sprite List (bottom left) into the Backpack (which you've just opened).
- You can now drag that sprite from the Backpack back into the Sprite List (bottom left) to add it into one of your own projects when you're editing it.
- Note that some sprites do have scripts attached, so it's a good idea to delete any scripts you don't need immediately after adding a sprite to your game, to avoid any confusion.
You can also right-click on a sprite in the Sprite List or a sound in the Sounds Palette to save it to a local file. That will put it on your computer, so you can upload it into Scratch again, whether you're using the web version or the desktop version.
I've been having fun making my own game with the sprites, and I'll share that here when I finish it. In the meantime, check out Shaun's Game Academy, and leave me a comment below to tell me what you make! You can also find my own Scratch projects here and find more Scratch resources from my book here.
UPDATED: I've published my game Shaun the Sheep Football.