I interviewed futzi01, creator of several fan favorite fangames including Canterlot Siege, Cadance Toss, and most recently Twilight Wing. futzi01 has been entertaining the fandom with fun, quick flash games based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and he sat down with us to discuss his methods, ideas behind game design, and more. Read the interview behind the cut!
It’s been a while since a fangame has had a real release, and this one looks to be a really fun one! My Little Karaoke, a SingStar/Lips-esque karaoke game that features over 150 songs from both the show and the fandom. The game is free to download, runs on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and anything that can use Ultrastar engine files. ■
Today on the App Store, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game by Gameloft received a 1.01 patch. The patch adds some new ponies, items, and brings a wintry theme to the game. Unfortunately, details on the “bug fixes” are decidedly non-specific. So we don’t know (yet) if any prices were reduced, or if any of the game’s mechanics were adjusted to be a little less brutal. The patch does not look to be available yet for the Android platform, but when it is, we’ll let you know. You can always read our forum thread to keep on top of all of the discoveries post-patch and whether or not it’s changed anything that wasn’t mentioned by the developers.
The patch notes are as follows:
- Meet New Ponies: Make friends with Pipsqueak, Teacher’s Pet, and Bowling Pony.
- New Buildings: Get Cozy in the Log Cabin, and treat yourself at the Ice Cream Shop!
- New Decorations: Add a merry touch to Ponyville with five seasonal items
- Snow everwhere: See your buildings and all of Ponyville covered in white. After all, what’s winter without snow?
- Holiday Quests: Enjoy 10 special holiday missions full of joyful adventures!
- Bug fixes and system optimizations.
Late last week, the new Gameloft My Little Pony game came out for Android and iOS devices. We’ve made a video review of the game, and we give you the skinny on this free-to-play release. Check it out here or on YouTube! ■
Your wait is over for those of you who like to carry a pony game wherever you go. Gameloft’s officially licensed My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game is now released, at least for iOS platforms. The game is free-to-play, with purchaseable consumables to help speed your progress along.
We had a hands-on video preview which you can watch here!
We’ll have a full review of the game coming soon, but in the interim you can download the game on iTunes and experience it for yourself. When it’s available for Android on Google Play, we’ll give you an update.
The Android version has now been released, you can find it on Google Play. ■
Occasionally, The Hub likes to release new pony-themed games on their online arcade site. The newest addition is Pinkie Pie’s Cupcake Maker, a Flash puzzle game geared towards pattern matching. The goal is simple: clear the field of cupcakes by matching the tops to the bottoms before time runs out or the screen overflows. It combines some aspects of Tetris, Dr. Mario, Yoshi’s Cookie, and a bunch of my other favorite puzzle games.
The action seems simple at first, but the pace ramps up quickly, and being able to sort your cupcakes without overflowing gets a bit hairy after a while. The challenge is there for gamers of all ages to try their point and click baking skills. “Simple to learn, difficult to master” is a tademark of most good puzzle games, and Pinkie Pie has learned a bit from her progenitors in the genre. By not being an exact Tetris ripoff, it’s managed to have its own charm and make you invent new strategy.
Background music is provided by an instrumental version of Smile, which is always fun and catchy, but might start to grate on you after an extended playing session. Fortunately, the audio can be turned off.
By using the mouse to drag the cupcake pieces around, it feels like a game that could be easily adapted to a touch interface, and wouldn’t be out of place in an iPad Arcade type of setting. I think there’s definitely a market for an arcade type app, if they chose to make one.
Overall, this is a good game for spending time with someone who might enjoy their first stab at the puzzle genre, or just another way to waste some time. It’s worth checking out. ■
Welcome to the 2nd installment of Sunday Merch Madness, where I take you through what’s new and interesting in the world of pony merch! Join me behind the cut to find out what’s coming out in November that you need to add to your Christmas List.
My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic is one of the most anticipated fan works in the pony fandom. It’s notable enough to get attention from Lauren Faust and Jayson Thiessen. Fighting is Magic is an arcade style fighter set in the world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, using characters and set pieces from the show. As of now it has been under development for more than a year, and the devteam, Mane6, has been remarkably consistent with showing numerous builds and progress updates. At the recent MLP:FiM fan convention, Canterlot Gardens, the team showed off their newest build with a panel, a public demo, and a tournament.
I was present during the convention, and I’ve got a hands-on impression of that build. Read beyond the cut to find out more.
While at the New York My Little Pony Project this weekend I had the the chance to speak with Jessica Lewinstein, the corporate Public Relations Manager for GameLoft for a hands-on preview of the upcoming My Little Pony game for iOS and Android devices. We’ve got a video hands-on demo of the game to give you an idea of how it looks and plays.
The freemium game will contain a number of mini-games and features many characters from the show. You can find more information and discussion about the game in our forums here. Stay tuned for more coverage from the MLP Project in the next few days. ■
Fighting is Magic, one of the prominent fan game projects, has unfortunately announced that an unfinished build of the game has leaked, and that the build does not represent the game in a final state. Mane6 advises that it will not be supported. Do not contact Mane6 to discuss the leaked build, be it for bugs or questions.
Due to the leak, the QA team will be contracted and until further notice, the development team will not be releasing content until their internal affairs are sorted.
This is an unfortunate event, and we hope this does not delay the development of the game to a great degree. We wish Mane6 the best of luck in their endeavors.
Their full response is below the cut.