Pony Island is a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. It is not a game about ponies.
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Release Date: Jan 4, 2016

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July 8

Here's the trailer for my next game!

Another thank you to all who played Pony Island. The success of this game has been allowing me to devote most of my time to a new project, a game called The Hex. I recently put out a trailer for it.

And here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKwt7uLnflM

Also at:
http://www.the-hex.com/

If you want to stay up to date on its development, you can follow me on twitter @DMullinsGames

Thanks again!

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June 20

Dutch language added with v1.20

A big thank you to Barrie van der Velden and Rowan Stokvis for translating Pony Island into Dutch!

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Reviews

“It’s a self-aware indie gem with an anarchic sensibility, where anything can happen.”
9/10 – IGN

“Pony Island is bloody genius.”
9.5/10 – Jim Sterling

“This is a game that had me both laugh out loud, and exclaim to my monitor how smart it was being.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

Pony Island is a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. The devil detests having his puzzles solved and poor programming exposed; you will need to think outside the box to proceed and you will be insulted when you do.

In Pony Island you will...

  • Peer behind the rotting curtain of "Pony Island" to repair its broken code
  • Be forced to play along with The Devil's demented game of ponies
  • Explore the depths of the cryptic software system that runs His game

This game is about as indie as it gets.
Daniel Mullins - Creator
Simon Jenkins - Consulted Designer
Jonah Senzel - Musician

@EnzoPiou - French Localization
FenixTM - Italian Localization
@77pali - German Localization
Luis Redin (Fusti) - Spanish Localization
Kenneth Mohr - Danish Localization
Alan K. Cirino - Portuguese Localization
Berke Oğuz Yılmaz - Turkish Localization
@TomWojcik1 - Polish Localization
Barrie van der Velden - Dutch Localization

Video playthrough by LoganicYT!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Malt
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
An absolutely unique experience
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Iamtheonewhonerds
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
Well worth the price of admission.
Clever puzzles.
wonderful soundtrack.
Fun meta breaks.
Don't get this if you're expecting some kind of Pony sim.
10/10 Would keep game on desktop.
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Corn.mp4
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I originally thought the game was broken. Boy was i wrong

Seriously this game attempts things no other games could ever try to come close to. I cant explain this game without spoilers but just know this game is pretty good and tries stuff out of the usual in a game.

I still feel bad for doubting this game.
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HardCore Jimmy (Funfest)
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Not an undertale ripoff.
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xor
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Telling you why this game is so cool would spoil everything and ruin your experience.
Just play it yourself, seriously.

The only reason not to play Pony Island is if you absolutely hate puzzle games. Although the puzzles are relatively easy, there are actually quite a lot of them.
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collin.j.matthews
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game was amazing. It is a little challenging but fun all around. The plot is very interesting and holds lots of secrets. And the fact that it sounds like the girliest game in the world even though its the exact opposite is awesome. The pixelated graphics made it so much better, too. I would definitely recommend this game to anybody who's looking for an interesting game that is not too challenging and not to hard. Also, the pony looks epic.
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KD
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
YOU KILLED JESUS
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grumpy970
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game trolled me. TWICE.
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Wyrmblez
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Diary of a Drunken Gamer
While searching for yet another horror game to play, I came across Pony Island. At first, I was certain that I had clicked on the “Horses” tag instead of “Horror,” but I was ready for a break from the constant spooks and boos; feeling the freedom of a frolicking fast pony felt like a fairly fervent feature to my fastidious fortune. Why so many “F” words in the last sentence? BECAUSE I ENDED UP USING ONLY ONE “F” WORD FOR THE SEVERAL HOURS OF THIS DELIGHTFUL GAME!
Phrases such as “What the f***?”, “Where the f*** are my ponies!” “What the f*** is going on?!” and “Why the f*** do I try to take on puzzle games with a 4 drink minimum?” And I loved every second. This game is like the Lincoln Park ♥♥♥♥♥♥ (Schmoyoho reference) of videogames, sick in concept, yet something about the subject is so catchy that I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I hid my kids, hid my wife, and this game climbed through the window of my monitor and got inside me. :…) Crying but happy
I’ve played a few of these “meta games” (did I play them or did they play me) but I don’t think any of them have done it with the style and flair of this game. I purposely launched myself into this game with as much alcohol and ignorance as I could, and I was rewarded for it. Know nothing about this game beyond that IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME. If you beat this and the game didn’t surprise you AT LEAST twice then maybe your soul never really escaped. Think about it.
I will warn, there are some simple but frustrating puzzles that may take a bit of trial and error. If you’d like to save your brain cells for other forms of destruction, you can watch me stumble and stagger through, as confused, charmed and challenged as any player of this game.
10/10 would enter my name as a 30+ character phrase and learn to hate it all over again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjhKpU4obng
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Talon One
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This is awesome.
Telling anything more could spoil the fun.
Trust me, despite the name, it's great.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
162 of 208 people (78%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Make sure to delete it when you're finished.
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52 of 67 people (78%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Sometimes it feels like the market is saturated with the same old genres, whether it be military shooters, zombie survival, Minecraft clones or pony themed satanic games, it can sometimes feel like we've seen it all before.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by how good this game actually was. Not the best pony themed satanic game on Steam by any stretch - 'Secret of The Magic Crystals' has set the bar so high it’s hard to see anything bettering it - but this is firmly in the top ten.

Well worth your money and soul.
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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
My friends sat me down in front of the computer to play this game. By the name I expected it to be a joke game of sorts (they have already jokingly gotten me strange cheap games that are just very ????) but this was WAY better than I could have ever expected!
Incidentally, when asked in-game, I entered my name as "Lucifer" and wELL
A++ I've played this game multiple times already I ♥♥♥♥ing love it
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Did you know that your video games own you? There is probably a subversive heart that beats inside the code of each, malevolently plotting to ensnare you, to twist your mind, to imprison you in its hell forever. You might expect this evil game to be The Evil Within or SOMA, yet you let that little pink pony game pass you by. You'd be wrong - very, VERY wrong...

I'm not going to say much because it would sully the experience for you, but you WILL like this game if you enjoy games about hacking and solving logical puzzles. You don't need programming experience at all, but programmers will feel right at home in trying to hack the game's code as well as defeat a maddening arcade game from which you cannot escape. You will thoroughly appreciate the narrative if you enjoyed the dark and malevolent humour of GlaDOS in Portal. In short, it's brilliant.

I really don't like pixel-art games very much and would have overlooked this gem had not a wonderful friend gifted this to me, yet it is genius. I'm not at the end yet, but I already know why those 8-bit games on the Spectrum in the 1980s just couldn't be beat. I now know what was going on. Games, I'm onto you now. After playing this game, you might want to delete every bit of its code thoroughly, flush it from your PC, then burn your PC, then board up your house and mark it 'abandoned'.

I no longer enjoy games about ponies.

10/10
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is a VERY quick, quite early review of Pony Island. I expect report in greater depth soon, but I was so compelled by what I encountered during one session to wish to be certain that my friends saw something about it while it's still "sale cheap." After all, it is one of the highest rated games on Steam.

I like computer games very much, and have played many of them over the past 30 years+. But there are few (VERY few) that I would catagolize as "genius". With Pony Island I wouldn't hesitate to do so. The way Pony Island is structured is staggering in it's complex "comes the dawn" manner. Without any idea what to do, or what's happening, you find that what needs to be accomplished has already been done at your hand, with only the vaguest idea that you actually DID know what to do, and did it. And what you did to succeed makes complete sense!

Pony Island is GREAT FUN, and you may quickly fill up your screenshot library as I did, since you'll want to share every hilarious, bizarre moment of the game with your friends.

Look...it's cheap, and you can get a refund...right? And it has achievements.

Thank you.

(As with many Steam games, offline game time isn't tracked.)
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26 of 40 people (65%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Not a long game for a single normal playthrough, but it definitely packs a punch.
I will simply warn you that the game contains puzzles, maybe skip if it's not your cup of tea?

Otherwise GET THIS GAME NOW
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Ponies
Butterflies
Elephant polo
Coding

If you want to experience an unorthodox game, which seperates itself from classical gameplay, buy this game!
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Pony Island is an intriguing game-within-a-game where you complete tasks, solve puzzles, and play many different types of action mini-games in an effort to save a digital entity from damnation. Although the game felt linear on my first playthrough, the fact that I only found 10 of the 24 secret tickets proves I missed a lot of content. I've never played a game quite like this one and one sequence truly freaked me out unlike any other game I've ever played. Recommended!

PROS
+ Multitude of mini games and puzzles from various genres of gameplay
+ Intriguing storyline makes me want to play again for more details
+ Lots of hidden secrets and "tickets" to find
+ One shocking moment that bothered me like no other game has before
+ Almost always funny, interesting, and surprising

CONS
- Fairly short and easy
- Occassionally confusing
- I killed Jesus
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A truly unique and extraordinary gaming experience, Pony Island at first glance seems weird and keeps you wondering what is this game about. However after spending a few minutes with the game you get a clue about what's really happening with the game.

Spoiling the plot and puzzles of the game would certainly drain the magic which lies withing every level of Pony Island. Without revealing too much information, there's plenty of puzzles and secrets to be found, nothing that will hinder progress or force you to open guide, yet at the same time challenging enough to give you a (sometimes false) sense of satisfaction when you finally finish a level of find a secret.

The game is riddled with meta references, to the point of absolute ridiculousness and at the same time it fits with the overall narrative (?) of the game. Truth be told, there's little replay I value once you find all the secrets and the game itself is quite short, yet at the same time Pony Island is superb at being overally bizarre and extremely fascinating to play through.

You could argue that the game might have a few similarities with Undertale, on the overall pixely style, meta game references, story-telling devices, but truth be told Pony Island a very unique experience and dare I say a breath of fresh air for gaming.

I'd like to thank the developers for the innovative ideas and it is without a doubt I have to say this game is a must buy for everyone, it is definitely worth it to get this gem and I'm hopeful we will see more in the future, via a spinoff or an outright sequel.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Description

Pony Island is more of an experience than a game. As such, it is hard to describe without spoiling...
Let's just say it is a quirky mix of a simple platformer and a nifty hacking mini-game (one of the best I've played).
Behind its apparent simplicity, Pony Island hides suprising depth and an interesting plot that you really should discover by yourself.

Pros
  • Interesting plot that is completely integrated with the game mechanics
  • Good music (though maybe too retro for some people)
  • Not too challenging, but not a cakewalk either

Cons
  • Graphics are anything but easy on the eye (though there is a very good plot reason for that: you're in hell and forced to play that game, so maybe it's not even ugly enough, when you think about it)
  • Good luck completing it without a guide, because some of those collectibles are veeeeery well hidden

Verdict

Pony Island is the kind of experience that makes you jealous of people who have yet to try it.
If you like video games and have the money to spare (or you can get it on sale), I think you owe it to yourself to play Pony Island.
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