By: Aragrist Nov 2, 2011 | 15 Comments | Updated: Dec 4, 2011
This game is still in development by Mane6 but they started putting out a lot of updates to their progress and on top of that they released a new video showing other characters.
Now of course I'm sure most will look at this and say what the hell are you posting about this girl crap? But trust me, this game actually plays well and is fun. I watch a livestream demo and got to see actual real time game play and considering this is a fan game made by a new developement team with no prior games I'd say they have some skills in the design and gameplay department. This may be a group to watch for in the future when they decided to make other games.
The game itself is freeware and I'm guessing it will be available on Windows PC's and maybe Mac's. Console versions would require getting a proper license from Hasbro. A free app version could show up on the iPhone and Android OS's.
Here's a scene from a livestream preview with the creators of the game. They talk and demo some of the features.
By: DaisyMare Aug 15, 2011 | 15 Comments
Pre-Alpha video of actual game play sound and effects of MLP: Fighting is Magic.
MLP: Fighting is Magic is a fan-tribute, indie 2d Fighter developed and (planned to be) released by Mane6; It is based in the "My Little Pony" Franchise, in its most recent incarnation, "Friendship is Magic"
The First Official Release, coming soon, will include six fighting characters (Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack and Pinkie Pie), who'll be joined by 11 more ponies in further DLC releases, until a complete roster of 17 characters is achieved.
It will come with both a story mode, and versus mode (online and Local), at launch.
With all the work going into the characters of the game it's natural players want a backdrop to have them kick flank on. The backgrounds of the game are getting a lot of attention put into them, to match environments from the show but also to be entertaining enough to look at as your favorite ponies comedically kick each other around. This stage in particular has taken many steps from the version seen in the pre-alpha video. From rearranging some objects, removing others and even changing the time of day. One of the changes currently in effect is with the shading, we're trying to even the colors out and instill a sense of drama but it has taken a slight deviation from the show's style.
The idle animations are the ones that show when you aren't doing anything. This is something we didn't have much reference for in the MLP:FiM show, because there is rarely any moment when the ponies are standing around looking ready to fight. The idle is a good chance to try inject life and personality into our characters.
The one I've shown here is the crouched idle for Rainbow Dash. Dash is an energetic girl, so even when crouching she is looking ready to spring up at any moment. One thing that was interesting is her wings. To begin with they are an object that would move and scale for each frame of her breathing; but this makes them look very stiff and "glued on". So the animator split it up into the separate feathers, and animated them slightly out of step with each other. It's very subtle but it makes her wings look a lot more dynamic and lively!
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 Feb 29, 2012 | 8 Comments | Updated: Feb 29, 2012
This is a three part question and answer preview of the current build of the game Fighting is Magic. New characters and moves are displayed new audio is heard and voice acting is now added. Special appearance of Fluttershy and talks of ports to Mac.
This game is building up a huge amount of hype not just in the Brony community but in other fighting communities simply because the game play is actually interesting for a basic fighting game made by an indie studio. The team ManeSix is doing things that shouldn't be able to be done with such a basic fighting engine. This game will be a great demo of what to expect when they decide to start producing their own original content. Watch the videos and keep an eye out for the accidental display of power that is Fluttershy.
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
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 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.
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.
By: Aragrist Jan 26, 2012 | 4 Comments | Updated: Feb 20, 2012
This was just released today on Equestria Daily. It seems that a new game developer has thrown their hat into the creation of a freeware fan game for the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This time it's Kart Racing.
Have a look at the PreAphla design. It's a very Mario Kartish style game that currently copies the graphic style as well. Being that this is an early build of a fan made game these visuals could change dramatically over the next month or two and more closely resemble the shows visuals rather than Mario Karts visuals. Still this is impressive stuff coming from a new start up in the Indie game developers arena.
Rainbow Dash as Solid Snake trying to sneak into a facility under heavy guard.
This is for all you Metal Gear Solid fans and My Little Pony fans that I know are hidding amongst the ranks of hardcore gamers.
Developer Mane 6 just put out a bug reel showing off all the technical errors they are currently battling while trying to get this game ready for release. Some are quite funny.
Since this game is still in an early build there are many glitches to be worked out. That said, it is actually pretty impress just how playable this game is in it's current state. Below are some of the glitches that pop up from time to time while testing the fighting engine and the animation routines.
Bonus for you TF2 fans.
This is an animated short of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna trying to play Portal 2 and the frustration of Luna being an idiot. Warning, lot of insults and profanity dumped on the Princess of the Night.
This is loosely video game related but it does require a gamers knowledge of FPS's and the Portal series.
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