Eeyup. Get out your brushable figures, everypony, because the newest licensed venture from Gameloft is My Little Pony. But I’m sure you’re asking yourself the same question you did before you started watching the show; “As an adult, is this actually worth my time?”. The short answer… isn’t that short.
Based on the shockingly successful TV show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, this free to play game gives us our own Ponyville right on our iOS and Android devices. The story is a bit of a retelling of the series first two episodes, which may be just what you need if season 3 is lackluster for you too. Nightmare Moon has cast all of Ponyville into darkness and it’s up to Twighlight Sparkle and her friends to save the day! That sounds much more exciting than simply calling it a Farmville clone. You’re given simple objectives like building a mill and foodstands and getting ponies to work at them to make bits (money). Money can be used to buy decorations, more buildings and of course the ponies themselves.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (iOS, Android)
Released: November 8, 2012
Odds are your favorite character is in this game. From the Mane Six, to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, to the Flim Flam Bros. to Celestia herself (most of which are ridiculously expensive). That really is the games strongpoint, how authentic it is to the show. The scenery, buildings and characters (except Applejack who has two ponytails on her mane instead of one, you fools) all look very much like the shows versions. While it does use instrumental music from the show, it’s only in snippets, so you’ll recognize “Winter Wrap-up” just as it fades out. The significant part of its authenticity though, is the voice acting. While not every pony is voiced all the time, it’s still great to hear Tara Strong’s Twilight and the rest of the main cast play the characters we know so well.
Unfortunately, once you get passed the pony icing on this cupcake it crumbles. There are a total of 3 very simple minigames. One has your pony collecting falling apples at Sweet Apple Acres, the other has you just bouncing a ball back and forth with your pony. Once you get enough points with these two games you get to play a third which has you flying and busting clouds in order to rank up your pony. You rank up your pony to earn more money to buy more ponies and more places to make more money. I smell an Occupy Canterlot movement brewing.
Gameloft has done a very commendable job with capturing the aesthetics of Equestria, but it just isn’t fun to play. So yes, it’s the same as Aliens: Colonial Marines. You’re damn right I just put those things on the same level. It should also go without saying that you shouldn’t spend any real money on this title. My Little Pony is only worth checking out if you’re a hardcore Brony, but if you’re a pretty casual fan or not even a fan? Nope.
[Written by contributor William Fretschl]