Pony Island isn't about ponies. Do not be put off by the title. This bargain bin-priced PC game has nothing at all in common to any one of the million horse riding/stable simulators on the market. Pony Island is a smart and devious game that sucks you into its bizarre and somewhat evil world by tricking you into believing you're interacting with an AI – and a smart one at that.
Part puzzle game, part retro experience, part mindfuck, I haven't played anything as engaging and interesting as Pony Island in a long time. Play it without much prior knowledge and it's a stream of cool moments that will no doubt make some people (idiots) stare in awe, or at least give an acknowledging nod, to say, 'well done game, well done.'
Imagine going to the cinema to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks but in fact getting a screening of that film spliced with Misery. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, what are you waiting for?
That's all I'm going to say about Pony Island. It's £3.99 on Steam and it'll run on just about any PC or Mac, so there's almost no excuse not to give it a go.
9 / 10
- Makes you think you're smart
- Totally unexpected
- Unlike anything I've played
- A bit too strange for some