“MY LITTLE PONY: FIGHTING IS MAGIC” OUT NOW
FAN GAME BASED ON CULT-LIKE SHOW DROPS WITH A DIFFERENT TITLE
My Little Pony is one of those strange cartoons that appeals to an audience it wasn’t designed for. While intended for young kids, mostly young girls, the series has gained another strange fan base: teenage boys. Teenage boys who are fans of the show have dubbed themselves “Bronies” (a combination of “bro” and “ponies”).
While being a bronie is not something expressed out loud, a group of bronies called Mane6 got together and tried to develop a 2D fighting game featuring the various characters of the series. They were even going to call the game “MLP: Fighting is Magic”, a play of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Mane6 was going to create the game until toy maker Hasbro hit them with a cease and desist letter.
Having to start from scratch, Mane6 set up an IndieGoGo account and after being contacted by the head of art development for My Little Pony, Lauren Faust, were able to complete their fan game now titled Them’s Fightin’ Herds. Faust contacted Mane6 after they were able to raise $600,000 from their IndieGoGo campaign. She provided Mane6 with legal “rip-offs” of the My Little Pony characters so they could complete their game without facing legal repercussions.
It really feels like these characters could have been in “My Little Pony” at some point.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds is a colorful and simplistic fighting game with six character parodies (they really look like they came from the show) that anyone can enjoy. It features costume customization and online lobbies where players can interact with each other while waiting for fights. There are even story and target modes available (because four-legged animals have things to do like people).
Mane6 promises more characters to be released in the future. Also, you can unlock special costumes from BlazBlue CenralFiction, SkullGirls 2nd Encore and Guilty Gear Xrd if you have the Windows versions of those games.
Not excited yet? Check out the trailer below: