Sven Bømwøllen, is a popular humorous German computer game with some sexual content. Their game has grown into a series of seven installments, those being Sven Bømwøllen, Sven Zwo, Sven XXX, Sven 004, Sven Kommt, Sven – Gut zu Vögeln, and Mach’s noch einmal, Sven. Demo versions of all games, which allow restricted access to only some levels, are available for download, while the full version is available in stores on CD-ROM or can be purchased form online traders such as amazon.com.
The game is set in Northern Europe, presumably in a country where a North Germanic language is spoken. The player controls Sven, the only black sheep, and, at the same time, apparently the only male sheep of a flock owned by a shepherd called Lars Einnicken. It is Sven's task to engage in sexual intercourse with the white sheep, which will, after having achieved a state of happiness, disappear, resulting in points being awarded to the player. To clear a level, Sven must make all white sheep disappear.
As in many computer games, there are various enemies whom Sven has to avoid and various extras he can pick up to gain special powers. Sven can always avoid enemies by jumping into a river, lake or puddle, which will not cost a life, but result in him to reappear elsewhere on the screen.
The humour in the game and at the same time its popularity stems from its funny content, the cartoon-style graphics and the funny names of the characters.
Characters beside Sven
The white sheep
The female white sheep are entirely passive most of the time and await Sven's attention. Their current "happiness" status is shown by a sun and cloud symbol above their head. If that symbol turns into a lightning symbol (due to Sven's lack of attention, or because he ate a badly-smelling mushroom), they turn red, grow horns, run around and electrocute Sven, which, in itself, merely causes a loss of points, but will paralyze him for a short while which may allow an enemy to capture him. Before they turn red, Sven can whistle to them to cheer them up.
Also, when the clock showing the time within which Sven is supposed to finish the current level reaches zero, the sheep will turn angry, or a UFO will start abducting them.
From Sven II onwards, one of the sheep, known as Frigidia, needs Sven's attention for a particularly long time before it becomes happy and disappears. In Sven XXX and Sven 004, these Sheep unlock new poses if engaged without interruption.
In some levels, there are also mermaid sheep, which will appear on the shore for a moment (in Sven I after he jumped into the river).
Lars Einnicken (meaning Lars fall-asleep), the shepherd, appears to be very old and sleepy, which is why he sleeps most of the time and walks around only slowly. He objects to Sven's behavior, but will not attack him unless Sven is presently engaging in lewd conduct with a sheep. Of all enemies, Lars is probably Sven's least dangerous one.
Wøtan, whose name is apparently a joke on the Nordic god Wotan, is the shepherd's dog, walks around the flock at moderate speed, but starts to run when he sees Sven. He is the most important enemy Sven needs to avoid, as being captured will result in the loss of a life. Occasionally, Wøtan will fall asleep, which gives Sven time to take care of the sheep.
In the first game of the series, Sven can also engage in sexual conduct with the dog while the latter is asleep, but only on higher levels (from level 3 upwards in the free version, later in the full version). This is particularly dangerous, as the player has to estimate when the dog will wake up, unless he wishes to risk a life. However, it will also result in the player getting many points (Just watch the icon or else Sven will be turned into the female of the encounter.).
Occasionally, an alien flying saucer will appear and try to capture sheep with a tractor beam, apparently for purposes of experiments. In game 1, Sven will temporarily gain superpowers if captured. In later games of the series, the aliens serve mainly to get rid of enemies, especially the dog.
In some of the games, there are also levels set in the flying saucer, where Sven has to avoid the aliens.
From game 2 onward, Brømse, Lars' granddaughter, will sometimes walk around the flock and try to capture Sven. While this will not result in the loss of a life, it costs twenty seconds of time available to finish the level, and may increase the risk of the dog capturing Sven. Brømse will be distracted if she finds a teddy bear
In Sven 004, the player can also decide to start the game as Brømse, where the task is to get rid of the white sheep by cuddling them.
In Sven 004, there are also short sighted hunters on some levels, which will sometimes fire their guns at random. Being hit will cost a life. If a white sheep is shot they're killed on the spot (A real pain if you're trying to score with everyone of them.)
Games of the Sven series
Sven Bømwøllen (2002) is the first game of the series and at the same time the most simple one. The game is set on a simple meadow with some trees, bushes, some puddles and a river.
All levels look the same and are only distinguished by the number of sheep, the possibility to engage in sexual conduct with the dog (on higher levels) and the occasional presence of the flying saucer (on even higher levels).
There is also an Easter or Oster-Edition version of the game which replaces all mushroom pickups with easter eggs.
In the second game (2003), there are different-looking and bigger levels for the first time. The game offers many new animals such as pigs and chickens to become Sven's love interests. In this game, Brømse appears for the first time. There are also some levels set inside a flying saucer.
Sven XXX (2004) adds multiplayer and bonus levels where you play as Alien or Lars.
Sven 004 (2004) offers new features, such as levels spanning multiple screens, new enemies such as the short-sighted hunters, cars whom Sven needs to avoid when crossing a street, and a lawnmower he can use as a transport vehicle. You can also play as Brømse, Wøtan, Lars or Aliens, each of them (except for Wøtan) having their own vehicle.
Sven Kommt (2005) is a departure from the other games in the fact that the game is more of a platformer than a normal Sven game (Despite the fact that the objective is still the same: giving the white sheep plenty of happiness.) and replaces the 2-D sprites with 3-D characters and scenery.
Sven: Gut zu Vogeln
Sven: Gut zu Vogeln is a direct sequel to Sven Kommt, also a platformer. It contains much more distinct levels and an additional objective: to free the birds that are locked within cages.
Mach’s noch einmal, Sven
Mach's noch einmal, Sven returns to the original Sven premise, but with a twist: there are specific missions to complete, e.g. engage into sexual intercourse with a given amount of sheep under the influence of a slowdown mushroom or have sex with Wotan a given amount of times. Failure to complete an objective will have the player stranded on an uncompletable level.