Fall of AnterFOLD - Second Beta Released

Again we're a little behind (a little less this time, though!) on getting this one out, but hey, better late than never I suppose!

Fall of Anterfold (or AnterFOLD, it's used interchangeably), a colorful-equine-flavored co-op survival horror game, has recently released its second beta. According to their website, there seems to be quite a few interesting rules in place, such as a shared life between two players; if you or your partner die, that's an automatic game over. They also tout the general ruleset changing between games, such as shifting the amount of loot and enemies. Overall, it looks pretty interesting, so do check it out!

oh and merry christmas i guess that's a thing that's happening right now

Friday Game Night 16. Dec, Brawlhalla

Albeit a bit late, it is friday once again, so it is time for another affiliate event announcement!
Today CinemaQuestria is having another go at their recurring segment, Friday Game Night. This time around they are having a go at Brawlhalla. A Smash Bros-esque 2d arena fighter, if I have to call it something. It is a perfect opportunity to pop in for a relaxed game with like-minded fans of the small horse. Details below

CaptainHoers' Video Essay: Horse Games and Where to Find Them

Yesterday CaptainHoers, of Firestarter Spitfire fame, voiced his view on a few of the darlings in the Pony games world, Ambient, Fallout Equestria and Horse Game. He makes some good points with an appropriately sceptical outlook and a focus on the game design. What makes them work, where do they fall flat and how do they compare. Split into the sections of introductions, the looks, mechanics, the scope of the projects and briefly rounding it with how their states could be improved, he does get well around the subjects.
Give it a watch, form an opinion, learn something and... I dunno, make a game of your own. The community could always need more pony games. Cheers.

Unofficial Fighting is Magic: Tribute Edition Test Build Released

Admittedly we're a day late and a dollar short on getting this one out there, but considering the video for this came out in, like, September apparently, I guess we're not the only ones, haha! Keeping it short, an unofficial build of Fighting is Magic: Tribute Edition has recently cropped up which is a little more advanced/polished/developed/your-adjective-of-choice-here than the previous release. From the description given to Equestria Daily (credit for the initial report!) and the video itself, it includes some new graphic work done for the stages and Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's sprites. Not to mention a whole new playable character in Trixie! Neat!
Download links for the test build and the netplay client are provided in the caption, so go on and have yourself a few colorful horse fights!

Friday Game Night 2. Dec, Cards Against Humanity

It is friday once again, so it is time for another affiliate event announcement!
Today CinemaQuestria is having another go at their recurring segment, Friday Game Night. This time around they are having a go at Cards Against Humanity. It has a bit of a cult following these days. It is a perfect opportunity to pop in for a relaxed game with like-minded fans of the small horse. Details below

BronyCon 2016: The Playable Pony Panels

Here's a little something for those of you who may have missed it! BronyCon's YouTube page has recently put up a playlist of full videos for what I assume is pretty much every panel from this year's convention, including quite a few horse game-related panels which we've compiled below the break for your viewing pleasure! Horse game panels ahoy!

The Pony Room MMO - First impressions

Adventuring in the latest entry in Pony MMOs
So about roughly a week ago, well, actually three weeks ago, we had a brief announcement about the open servers of a new recent MMO effort. Of course I gave the game a go as well, to get some impressions. Is it worth anything? Can it stand up against the likes of Legends of Equestria and Pony Town? I can’t say those really set the bar very high to begin with, but let us just see how this endeavour is gonna fare.
We will quickly get the technicalities out of the way. It is 2d game based off of Unity. How people manage to grind out 2d stuff from that engine is gonna puzzle me forever (Apparently Unity has a 2d mode now). It is still in a very early sort of alpha state. This entire session of the game has essentially been nothing more than a raw engine and server stress test and large scale debugging session. Even the name itself, Pony Room, is just a codename, to be replaced once the lead developer, FanatSors, comes up with a proper name for the game. Nor is there any sound, just small horses and small gameplay. Hence this is not gonna be a review in the usual sense, just a first impressions, get an idea of what this project has to offer in its current state. I can spoil it for you, that you can boop and hug your fellow ponies to your hearts delight in this game, so stick around and read on!

Friday Game Night 25. Nov, CS:GO

Now, while I am relentlessly working on an overly long article, it is time for another affiliate event announcement! I was out socializing yesterday, when I got the info, so this is out a tad late. Still better than last week, which I forgot about entirely.
Today, the 25th of November, CinemaQuestria is having another go at their recurring segment, Friday Game Night. This time around they are having a go at the team-based competitive shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Most of you should already know about it. It is a perfect opportunity to pop in for a relaxed game with like-minded fans of the small horse. Details below

Play with Starlight Glimmer Simulator

Apparently it's Horse Simulator Month™ or something, because right on the heels of last week's Fluttershy Pony Petting Simulator, creator Lil-Lovey (who's apparently done quite a few of these, do check 'em out!) now brings us a Starlight Glimmer variant! If you're looking for something a little more involved or hands-on (heh) than the previous simulator, you're in luck; there's a few menus in this game covering everything from gestures and interactions to neat little cosmetic bits like adding glasses, bows and even alternate manestyles!
There's really not much else to say here, but I honestly don't think I need to say much else! It's another, even fancier colorful horse boopathon. Really, you should've been playing this, like, at least five minutes ago!

Friday Game Night 11. Nov, PlanetSide 2

We have very recently entered an affiliation with the people at CinemaQuestria. A bit of cross-site friendship, acknowledging each others positions in the community and directing a bit of traffic back and helping each other out. So without further ado, we have an announcement of theirs to bring you.
Tomorrow, or Today, the 11th of November, CinemaQuestria is having another go at their recurring segment, Friday Game Night. As you might already have figured, this time around it's gonna be a jolly session of the large scale fps PlanetSide 2. It is a perfect opportunity to pop in for a relaxed game with like-minded fans of the small horse. Details below
Game: PlanetSide 2
  • Server: Emerald
  • Faction: Vanu Sovereignty
Join in at the usual CinemaQuestria Stream, at http://cinemaquestria.com/stream/.
Event starts at 9:30 pm EDT or 2:30 CET on the 12th for us in Europe.
Want to get even more involved? Join their Steam group, where the organize the events, which you can get notifications about. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/cinemaquestria

The Forgotten Era

Equestria Gaming had a long break. A visible decline all throughout 2014 with the final abandonment in 2015. Of course it was not because nothing was happening, so this segment, The Forgotten Era, is to shed light onto the news that never got covered during this time. Won’t it be a bit pointless to report on months and potentially years old material? Perhaps it is, but it shows respect to the creators who couldn’t get their hard work out into the world and show a broader audience what they have achieved, while this outlet was out of commission.
These are not going to be done in any specific order. Just random picks from the backlog, rather that any sort of attempt at doing these chronologically. Our list is only covering what I imagine to be a fraction of the last year’s happenings, so feel free to send in any news and whatnot that never got their chance to get covered here. Now without further ado, let’s have a look at the first entry to this recurring segment.

Pony Room Online - Open Server Session

I know we're late to the party, but darnit.
Through the channel of Yudhaikeledai, of Pony Sims fame, FanatSors have announced an open test session of his game, Pony Room Online, over the course of a few days. I have personally never heard of this project before now, but having spent a few hours, I can tell you it's a pretty enjoyable little MMO in it's very early alpha stages. Unlike Legend of Equestria, it has actual gameplay beyond phasing through fellow ponies and dancing in line in front of sugarcube corner. Stay tuned for a more in-depth piece about it the upcoming days.
You can go to the video description and find the downloads, along with a link to the accompanying Discord server, where the developers and anyone enthusiastic about the game hangs out for those delicious instant updates on the thing. I've got to mention, as a short disclaimer, there is currently only Windows versions available, but that's what most of you use anyway, so oh well.
Admittedly we are already two-three days late with this announcement and we don't have a definitive time frame for when the server is gonna be shut down. However it is still running as this moment, so if you are quick enough pop in and boop some snootles before it is too late!

Pony Petting Simulator: Fluttershy

It's been almost two years (wait, already? Wow!) in the making, but we finally have a sequel to the adorable Applejack Pony Petting Simulator! Mechanically-speaking, it's much the same as the last simulator, though it's tuned and tweaked slightly to make it more unique to Fluttershy's personality; for example, as EwoudCP states in the game's description, you have to earn her trust before anything else! Otherwise, you know the drill: pet the horse properly, and everything's wonderful! Continuously poke the horse in the eyes, though? I mean, you can do that, but come on, internet! I know you wouldn't do something like that, would you?
But really, all fun aside, it's pretty much everything you'd want in a colorful horse petting simulator. Very well done!
...What are you waiting for? Go click the link and pet the colorful horse, already! You know you want to!~

Ambient.White – Gameplay Video no. 1

The guys at A Little Bit Different released the first gameplay trailer, for their game, Ambient.White, previously known as Ambient.Prologue.
With this new trailer they are showcasing story, environments and world and, of course, some gameplay. I’m a horse of the gameplay, a game lives or dies on that, in my book. It is just a shame that it hardly displays any gameplay then, despite apparently being a gameplay trailer.

Of Platforms and Blog Posts - A Fansite Fangame Flashback

Foreword In order to inject new blood into the site and get some activity going, here we have our first new writer, providing a retrospective look at a couple of EqD themed games of the past. Give a warm welcome to Magitronique, as he introduces himself briefly below. How long is he gonna stick around? How often is he gonna write? I'm leaving that completely down to him, while I am assuming the role of editor-in-chief in this context. So with all that said and done, I'm getting back to writing content myself. Despite the niche topic, enjoy the article below!-Lex Rudera
(I'll try to keep this brief since this article's already disgustingly long, but hello to Equestria Gaming and whoever's reading! I'm Magitronique, and I'll be around every now and then to talk at usually extreme and exorbitant lengths about horsegames. Happy reading, and thanks to those who are somehow still around after the lengthy, silent transition period we've had!)
In the four years at this point that I’ve happily been a part of this colorful horse cult we call a fandom, I, like many, have partaken in countless amounts of fan media of almost every single stripe. I’ve got loads of images, stories, music and a bunch of other little digital pony knick-knacks stored across an untold number of places, and like many I’m finding and collecting more every day. I suppose sacrificing loads of precious storage space is but one part of the price we pay for our (or my, at least) obsession! So it goes!
Some time ago, a neat little Cookie Clicker clone made it's rounds around the fandom. EQD Clicker allowed anyone to finally grab a slice of that sweet, sweet horse fame, providing it wrapped in the form of an endearing, snarky clickfest. You can't deny that it's a neat little idea at the least, yeah?
Commonly, and as expected, a lot of folks simply referred to it as Equestria Daily: The Game. I mean, that's accurate, right? That’s what it is, after all.
Well... not quite, actually.
Before the original incarnation of Equestria Gaming folded, and before this subsequent revival, I'd paid the arcade quite a bit of attention following the release of EQD Clicker. Somehow, smaller-scale fangames had gone under my radar for quite some time, and I was going on one hell of a binge after discovering it. In my journey through the Equestria Gaming Arcade, I discovered that another game styled as Equestria Daily: The Game actually exists, made all the way back in halcyon days of 2011.
By some strange, interesting twist of fate, we have two Equestria Daily games, made four years apart (in almost two completely different pony fandoms, really!), and with vastly different styles and approaches! You have to admit that’s at least a little bit neat, y’all. C'mon.
Naturally, this begs at least a few questions: Why, for one? How do these two compare? Which game, and which developer, did this incredibly silly concept the...proper justice, I suppose you'd call it? Let’s take a look at these below the break and find out!

Ponykart, its future, and you

The long thought dead project, Ponykart, is, thankfully, not actually dead, as previously thought. It has come to our attention that a new team has formed to continue the massive undertaking of developing a 3D kart-racing game featuring our favourite horses of friendship. It is not currently clear (at least to us) how much progress has been made, but it seems the team is really motivated in doing it, even if it's a path full of obstacles.
As of now, the team is having some public relations issues, as the official Ponykart forum had a severe failure, leading to the loss of the past years messages and whatnot. The team is not in a state to release anything "visible", like a video or some screenshots, which only adds to the feeling of negligence.
Despite all this, the game is still being developed, and the developers deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts. You can also read more about the situation directly from one of the team members as he/she posted in a thread over at the MyLittleGameDev forum.
- Vanni

Pony Town

Ponytown is a recent viral affair, that has been buzzing around tumblr and the imageboards in recent months.
Ponytown is a social HTML5 experience. I hesitate to say game, as there are not anything outside of walking around the green fields and socializing with other players. There are an extensive amount of customization around the pony you walk around as, from gender and mane styles, to accessories and all the different colours you could wish for.
It's hard to recommend it for its sheer gameplay value, but in the case of socialization, it is an entertaining little thing. You can switch the tiled playing field between grass and dirt by clicking, but I wouldn't say that counts as gameplay. This is usually where the viral or memetic twist snuck its way in, with people having found their own forms of entertainment, drawing whatevers in the grass for people to behold.
As it is, it's still very much in an alpha stage, constantly getting updated and getting new stuff and features added as we speak. Trees and rocks here and there, a new login system, all small additions towards the right direction.
As mentioned, it is an HTML5 endeavour, so it should work in every major browser. Take it for a spin if you are curious, have some friends to hang out with. I've even seen people use it as a virtual meet-up spot, so that's a very possible option as well. There are both a safe and an unregulated server, so I'd assume it is suitable for all ages.

Equestria Gaming is back!

After just over a year of silence, Equestria Gaming is finally back!
We're back under a new administration and domain, mind you. Now it's equestriagaming.net, not .com, which is explained after the break. After seemingly having been abandoned in early August last year, the only pony games news outlet was Equestria Daily. With the sort of daily output we all know Equestria Daily has, any and all game related news are gonna get drowned out. Hence we have made our move to revive this site and have then been working on an extensive recovery process.
Aside from recovering old posts, that we still aren't done with, we have a list of games, announcements and other related whatnots. If any of you have anything in mind that happened in the last year's time and think should have been covered, throw it our direction at submit@equestriagaming.net
So you can see this as a reboot. A new site, a new administration and a new approach to how the place is handled. I'll explain the situation, with a bit of background info, under the break.