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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Overwhelmingly Positive (201 reviews) - 96% of the 201 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (3,462 reviews) - 95% of the 3,462 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Dudecakes
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I got to say I didn't expect much from this game, but I was blown away by it. The puzzles are very fun and enjoyable. The story was a bit of a surprise and the creepy level of this game is way up there. I highly suggest you get this game-and like it says, it has nothing to do with ponies lol.
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That Sly Guy
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Guides for ticket 16 are unclear, but that's not the problem, I clicked on somethings by accident by looking for it anyways and now I can't go back. I'm seriously pis*ed off because I was looking forward to getting all the achievements but whatever. My mood is completely shattered and I probably won't play for the next like few months since I don't feel like going through everything again. I'll delete this not reccomened review and redo my progress once I feel better and get over this progress lock bullsh*it.
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HoarseHorse
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
a fun, happy puzzle-platformer about joyful ponies gracefully prancing through meadows.
666/10
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BattleBuddy
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have no idea what I just played, but I enjoyed it a lot. I laughed pretty hard and had a great time with it. Was worth my money.
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RedSlashStone
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Ruin satans dreams of creating games. One of the most creative games Ive played. Creative use of game elements with a progressive story line.
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BlizzardandBlaze
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Pony Island is a psychological horror game. It's difficult to say what the gameplay is like, since it changes it's mode of gameplay often. But, the gameplay can be roughly divided up into three parts.

The first is a simple 2-D side scrolling game similar Canabalt or Robot Unicorn Attack. A pony runs to the right of the screen while jumping over gates and other terrain in the way. If the pony hits an obstacle, then they are taken back to the start of the level. Eventually, enemies appear. After acquiring a power up, the pony can defeat these enemies by shooting lasers out of its mouth.

Next is a hack-the-game puzzle game. In this puzzle game, three "columns" of code are presented. A pointer (representing code execution) starts on the top left corner and moves down. The goal is to get the pointer to a command at the bottom of the screen. The player does this by dragging arrows into boxes. When the pointer reaches that box, the pointer will move in the direction that the arrow points in. The game gets a little more complex once variables and jump statements are introduced into the game.

The third part occurs outside the game itself. As the player plays through the game, they will eventually “break out” of “Pony Island.” Once this is done, the player gets to interact directly with the system running the game. This segment “plays” a lot like clicking icons on a windows desktop. Most of the story unfolds here.

As the narrative unfolds, It becomes apparent that Pony Island is no ordinary game. At some point, the player is asked to “insert their soul” to continue. Does this mean the game has come to devour the player's soul? By playing past that point, am I in an eternal struggle to win back my soul?

Well, not really. Or, at least the game doesn't make me feel that way. While the tone and ambiance of the game is dark and foreboding, the game does a poor job convincing me that it is evil. This is because the “evil developer” feels more like a nervous, insecure individual rather than anyone I should fear. The over world feels more like “hack your way through this area” rather than anything scary. Things get ridiculous when the game that is supposed to trap the player asks you to take a break because the rest of the game hasn't been coded yet.

Even so, I still like the premise of the game. I really love it when something innocent hides something monstrous deep down. Even if the game feels like it's pretending to be more evil than it is, it still carries the ambiance of a horror game. The sound and graphics of this game feel the slightest bit off. The “arcade cabinet” the game displays on feels old and decrepit. There is this eerie droning sound as you play much of the game. The music that does play feels spooky and demonic. And, there's even a few jump scares thrown in to boot.

The narrative slows to a crawl in some areas. This is the result of two problems. First, Many of the ghosts and/or AIs you interact with S-L-O-W-L-Y spell out their messages one letter at a time on screen. Second, there are parts with many too many hacking mini games clumped together. This is especially pronounced towards the end of the game.

Still, I like the game because I love cerebral horror. I was interested in seeing a horror game that would break the fourth wall and scare me. The game gets the ambiance right, but needs work in other areas. I still enjoyed it though. As a person with five dollars to spare, I enjoyed the game.
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thebadoneandy
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Great meta game experience. Anyone looking for a interesting puzzler and mild action game by this now.
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csgo god
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is how MLP should be.
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eidalac
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
From the steam page I had *some* idea of what I was getting into....

That was a lie.

I had no idea.

This game is confoundingly good, and supprisingly difficulty for only using the mouse.

And that ending....

I can't recomend this enough.
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Mr. Magiks
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
If you are here for ponies you aren't quite in the right place. But Wait! This must have will have you on the edge of your seat cursing at yourself each time you can't get a result. Horror is well defined in this one.

Picking out a horror game isn't the easiest task anymore. So many times I watch a trailer, buy a game and spend the next couple of minutes waiting for it to install at the edge of my seat with the lights off to get into the horror game mood. Waiting fanatically for that install bar to complete, amping myself up with a spare pair of trousers at my side, just in case. And then the moment comes when I find out I am going to be walking around for the better part of an hour for a single jump scare and a bogus "moral" to contemplate.

Pony Island has none of the later part of this. Each second I played I couldn't help, but feel challanged and spooked in the best of ways. A wonderful mix of horror, puzzles, adventure, comedy and ponies.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
If Hideo Kojima made a 'My Little Pony' game while on the worst acid trip of his life, it still wouldn't be as bizarre or inventive as this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I saw this in the discovery queue was interested in the concept of the game and decided to give it a go. Fantastic game, well for your time and money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
This game is not about ponies, it's about hell. Hell of game developer.
If you love old games, if you think that modern game such - give a try to Pony Island.
I can't remember when was the last time I experienced so strong emotions from the game, its story and humor. Maybe it was first Portal.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This is awesome, probably one of the best single player game of the fun kind.
Truly made me laugh, finishing the game is not a big challenge and so it stays light and satisfactory, while allowing for much more if looking for secrets (tickets and your past).

The right mix of "I knew that", "♥♥♥♥ me, really?" and "didn't see that coming".

Play it and it will steal your soul.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I just want to say that Pony Island is without a doubt one of the best games I've played in quite some time.
The last game that I can remember that blew my mind quite like how Pony Island did was probably Bioshock and I havent played Bioshock in years.

That's right

I compared Pony Island to Bioshock

That's how good this game is.

I only wish that I could give a game a rating of "Mandatory"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
It may have been far shorter than I though it would be, but it was a delifghtful experience every step of the way. One tip, play it on the highest resolution you can to get the full experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is how MLP should be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
This game is absolutely fantasic. Its a meta-puzzle game with a sinister twist. It had me laughing throughout and it was a really great short experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
One of the best games ive played this year.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Bought this during a steam sale, didn't even watch the trailer. Figured it was some cheap mobile jump game port for card farming.

Boy was I wrong. Game has an interesting story and is split into three main game modes: platforming, puzzle solving, and menu exploration. Characters are very interesting; even having an element of horror.

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