Steam had its Summer Sale and I had a little intruiging $5 game on my wishlist but after saying “maybe I’ll get this someday, maybe, because the reviews are so good…”, I promptly forgot about it.
I mean, the game was called “Pony Island”. Even if the reviews were *AWESOME*, the game title was not an eyecatcher when I was perusing through my wishlist and if I noticed it at all, it was to ask myself “why did I put this on my wishlist, again?” before clicking on it and seeing “oh, yeah… the reviews were really strong…” and going back to forgetting about it.
Well, the Steam Summer Sale is doing its thing and Pony Island was 66% off to make it a buck-sixty-four. OKAY FINE.
And then I started playing it. And, holy cow, this game is freaking awesome. If you don’t want any spoilers, just get it now. It’s less than two bucks! All I’ll tell you is that it’s a game for a real mouse rather than a trackpad. Get it. It’ll have you laughing out loud at how clever the game is being alternating with you knitting your brow at trying to figure out how to get past this next spot.
If you want some spoilers, they’re in the field ahead:
It’s a hacking game that has you stuck in a game called “Pony Island” which is a game that was programmed by The Devil Himself. The only way for you to get out is to beat the game and the only way to beat the game is to cheat back against the cheating programmer. So there are platforming sections where you have to run and jump and there are programming sections where you have to hack yourself shooting powers and flying powers for the platforming sections as well as programming sections where you have to work your way around and through obstacles that The Devil Himself is throwing in your way.
It’s *REALLY* good. It’s really immersive. And it’s only $1.64. Even if you paid the whole five bucks, it’d be a bargain. But it’s on sale until July 5th! Get this game. Seriously. You’ll love it.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))