A Murder of Scarecrows
“One of the many oddities of the English language is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and evocative, even poetic.” [Source]
A creative play on words gives this game its poetic name and purpose, while a poem at the beginning of the game gives it soul. Still, it's the haunting imagery of men of straw being eaten by a murder of ravenous crows, and then coming alive to thrash and swipe for their lives that gives this game its magic.
The Flash game, A Murder of Scarecrows, is part of the site theskeletonshop.com, which is part of a larger site mypetskeleton.com. The author and artist is almost certainly Vincent Marcone. But, who is he you ask? An adventure at these sites will illuminate that which I cannot say. To play the game, click on the "Play" button that appears in the lower-right corner of the Skeleton Shop main page.
The object of the game is to keep the scarecrows alive by launching the seeds that grow in the trees above them, so that they land on the scarecrows to bring them to life, but for only a moment. From time to time a bell will appear, dangling from a tree. Hitting the bell with a seed will resurrect one scarecrow from the dead.
It's a magnificent game on a beautiful site composed by an accomplished artist. What more can I say?