This was a difficult game to review, for it looks visually stunning and has excellent audio. Unfortunately Gameloft dropped the ball when they tried to mix the gameplay and the content.
When you load up My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic you are greeted with a very well put together visuals using an excellent 3D graphics engine that captures the look of the ponies and the show very well. The music is an instrumental of the Smile Smile Smile song which is a fan favorite and then transitions into the Find a Pet instrumental which sound very well done. You also notice that the voices are those of the actual Voice Actors from the show which makes you think you are in for a great game that has the full backing of Hasbro and DHX media.
Unfortunately the game is made up of a bunch of repetitive mini games that are designed for 4 year olds. It also relies heavily on in app purchases to acquire money in order to progress. Thus making the game a very poor mix of farmville with bad social networking requirements and just about every other thrown together mini game collection.
Graphics and Graphic Engine is 5/5
Music and Sound is also 5/5
The Gameplay is 2/5
Replayablity is 1/5
My good friend Zorkfox gives his reasons for the games lack of playability below.
I love My Little Pony. The fact that this game is so pretty and cute, and so much like the show, with nice graphics, is the ONLY thing that kept me playing it for the hour or so it took to hit your built-in wall. I’m talking, of course, about Facebook integration. I have no interest in Facebook, and the fact that you FORCE someone to sign into it to spam their friends with invitations means I’m going to have to delete your game instead of enjoying it. Give me the OPTION to share stuff on Facebook, don’t FORCE me. And the Gameloft Live! integration is no picnic, either. I had to try six times before it would let me even create an account.
I really appreciate all the time and effort people put into making this game; it’s cheery and fun, and the use of the show’s voice actors is frankly amazing. But please, remove the stranglehold so every pony can play. I can tell there’s a lot of fan-generated names and content in the game, which means you’re listening to and appreciating us. But the little kids who are ostensibly the target demographic of your show can’t even join Facebook, and the primary demographic for these *ville-style games is women in their 30s, not college-age-and-older males.
And if you wanted to do us another huge favor, you’d remove the in-game purchases and just charge us for the game outright. I would happily pay you $10 for a game where I got to have adventures as various ponies, play lots of DIFFERENT games, and interact with other people playing ponies. The game as it currently stands is just Farmville with ponies: a single-player “experience” that only masquerades as multi-player.
Link to full review ( http://zorkfox.tumblr.com/post/35329561966/the-unpopular-opinion )
Czech Artist Astonov is creating his own version of the hauntingly beautiful Limbo called Temno staring MLP Pyschopath Pinkamena Diane Pie.
I sat down with developer Astonov and talked to him about his game and how he is building it and here are a few things he told me.
First off the entire game is being built inside MMF2 (MultiMedia Fusion 2) from the ground up. All the physics are handled by the software and everything having to do with level design and layout are being done by Astonov.
Astonov himself has no knowledge of programming languages which is why he choose to utilize MMF2. All you need to do is create an active object and select its movement properties.
As for the animations of objects and background art, everything is done in Anime Studio. It allows him to build hand drawn objects and make simple yet fluid animations such as grass blowing in the wind and other atmospheric effects.
There are still issues that need to be worked on. Twilight doesn't yet possess the full animations needed to replicate the character animations seen in Limbo. So far she uses simple platformer movements.
Astonov uses his Nintendo DS and Colors DS drawing app to make the terrain and sky while using Photoshop to create the grass and leaves with custom brushes.
I'll keep track of development and update as Astonov finishes new sections of the game.
By: Daisymare Oct 13, 2012 | 4 Comments
This is a series of development videos for an upcoming game starting at the earliest stages of development. Many aspects of the game may and will change as the code is written but so far it looks pretty cool for another pony fan game.
I just wonder how many of these will be made before Hasbro starts buying up these developers and actually puts them on real big buget projects. Most of the games being made based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are turning out to be way better than most indie games based on souly original ideas.
While I like many of these games It would be nice to see a completely new type of game utalizing the characters from the show in a way that fits the source material.
By: Daisymare Oct 13, 2012 | 3 Comments
A couple of updates slipped past me but it seems this game is now being tweaked to be made playable on more than just the demo track. With the new tweaks to the physics engine and improved karts this game is starting to look AWESOME!
New tutorial showing the early building of a small Casino town.
Everything about this game is amazing from the ease of constructing roads to the intuitive way you handle power-plants and sewage. I idea that everything you do will have real future consequences, like where you syphon your water or where you dump your sewage makes planing for your town all the more critical.
I personally can't wait for this game to come out. The last time I played Sim City was on my SNES and I remember being so addicted to that game that I'd spend hours just watching looking for small changes in the mood of my population. This looks to turn it up about 300 notches and make for a very hyper-realistic environment for players to build their dreams.
By: Daisymare Sep 28, 2012 | 1 Comments
Canterlot Gardens is currently going on in Strongsville Ohio this weekend and Dev Team ManeSix is on the scene with a special Canterlot Gardens build of Fighting is Magic for an impromptu fighting tournament.
The link above will take you to the live stream of the game being played as we speak. I was told it will be going on all weekend but have no way of knowing for sure.
The "Tournament" seems to be more of a random grouping of players fighting until defeated than an actual tournament with a leaderboard.
The big news is that ManeSix is introducing Rainbow Dash in playable form and from I saw she is kicking ass all over the game. This brings the playable count up to 5 characters in the game with Fluttershy being the last one to be added before the games final version and release into the wild. Addictional characters will be released in updates in the future as balancing is improved with each update.
The EVO 2K build was leaked earlier this summer with only 4 playable characters and has since been rebalanced and improved.
No release date for the final version has been posted as of this writing.
90% bigger screen, nicer design, better feel in hand but what's not perfect with this new version of the 3DS? Well there are a couple issues I've noticed but I'm not sure if they matter to the hardcore gamer.
- Bigger screens
- Nice feel in the hands
- Awesome for playing DS games
- Quick and responsive
- Price is good
- Controls are good and touch screen is nice.
- 3D isn't as good as I'd like on the bigger screen
- 3D video recording is blurry and hard to look at
- 3D photos are hit and miss
- Built in games suck
- Size and weight wears on the wrists.
- Doesn't come with any 3DS games
- Wi-Fi doesn't seem to connect with the net.
If you don't have a DS or a 3DS then I recommend this system but I don't think it's that much better than the others.
Below is a detailed editorial of my impressions of the system. Yes most of this is known on the standard 3DS so you may not get much insight on the system other than the physical layout and feel in the hand.
Physical body of the system:
First off, the system design and shape is pretty good with rounded corners that fit nice in the hand though the size and weight of it can be fatiguing to your wrists.
The color choices are okay, sort of like an homage to the old pokemon blue and red. It sort of makes me think of a male female color palette though.
Once you open the system you are treated to a nice layout with direction tab, analog nub, X,Y,B,A buttons and Select, Home, Start buttons at the bottom of the touch screen. The power button and lights in the lower Right corner of the control face. The R and L buttons are where they should be, volume on the left and Wi-Fi & SD card slot on the right.
On the display screen panel you have two weak speakers which I feel are not useful unless you’re in a very quiet place on the right is the 3D slider switch and the two cameras are on the back.
They changed the charger plug again making it look more like a large compact USB port. I’m wondering if they are planning to do other things with it.
The new stylus is nice and easy to use and fits nicely in the system.
It has a mic on the lower right of the touch screen and possibly one on the back of the display screen next to the two cameras
Firmware OS & built in Apps:
The OS boots up nice and quick and all the controls from the touch screen to the directional pad and buttons respond nicely.
Everything in the OS and the built in Apps run in 3D as expected and has the same Apps as in the normal 3DS. That said there are a few issues I’m having with this version of the 3DS that I didn’t see in the regular one.
The display screen is beautiful in 2D but the 3D is a little off. I think the larger the display the harder it is for your eyes to adjust. You have to hold the system farther away to get a similar 3D effect to the standard 3DS thus making the screen look smaller anyway. In 2D mode however, this system is a joy. I’m playing Chrono Trigger right now and having a blast.
The Camera App is fun and the camera itself takes okay pictures though in 3D it’s really hit or miss as to how 3D it will look. 3D video is pretty useless and hurts my eyes. You can do some fun things with it though. Running the video backwards and changing the audio pitch. All of which I believe is in the original version.
The Sound App has a few fun little Bird mimicking functions and lets you record hours of audio on your SD card. You can edit the audio by slowing it down speeding it up and changing pitch. It also has a couple of effects settings for parakeet and others.
There’s the Mii Maker, Mii Plaza for StreetPass, the eShop and other crap.
It comes with a video sample called Dinosaur Office that is cool to watch but is short and pointless.
I couldn’t get it to connect to my Wi-Fi so I couldn’t use Nintendo Zone or Download Play. I don’t know why it wont connect either. It says that it connects but then just gives errors.
The AR games look cool but like with the camera App the 3D is spotty especially when you’re moving the system around.
Face Raiders and the same issues as above.
I find it funny that the 3DS xl Operations manual is heavier than the system itself. At 314 pages long it’s a freaking novel of an instruction manual.
I haven’t yet had a chance to try an actual 3DS game on it because it doesn’t come with any.
By: daisymare Jul 23, 2012 | 3 Comments
This first video was just posted 6 hours ago and the second one is from a Livestream event at Pon-E3 a week ago.
So our Goddess of the night Princess Luna was at EVO 2012 to check out the fighting demos and matches.
Here is a video of a game about a dying man and his one shot at reliving his life.
I found out about this indie game by stumbling onto it's soundtrack of hauntingly beautiful music. I don't know about the rest of you but this game trailer brought tears to my eyes. The level of emotional draw you get simply from the music is enough to stir your dreams of a life better lived. Then you add the story and the classic RPG visuals that many of us grew up with and wow... This is an indie game that I'd to play. I hope some one has.
A pony's take on what's going on at E3.
“Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us gamers!” ~ Luna
E3! E3! E3! MS Conference starts out now! Halo 4!
“I was excited for Halo 4, but this… this…” ~ Luna
“I’m so excited to play these games! Yay! Shooters!” ~ Luna
“Girl Wood” ~ Luna
(Due to technical difficulties, this came late) ~ Luna
“Gone are E3 Megatons of Old. At least there was Pikmin 3! It’s going to be okay, Belle Eve!” ~ Luna
to be continued...
Art by the Amazing John Joseco
This is a video parody about Super Smash Bros Brawl. It's just funny and has no purpose but to make you laugh, you freakin Jimmies. If you enjoy my stupid video discoveries please say so in comments and like this post.
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