Well since there is a lack of show news to post, or well anything for that matter, I figured I’d do something constructive and review the Cutie Mark Crusaders game demo, produced by Manestream Games. It is a point and click style adventure. The team describes it like the old Lucas Arts adventure games, Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island. Manestream Games is an indie group made up partially of NeoGAF and PonyGAF.
Graphics: Well done, at least on par with the television series itself. Animation on the characters is smooth with no glitching (from what I saw). Not sure if per say some of the backgrounds are taken directly from the show (namely outside the tree house) but would assume all hand done.
Audio: The music is on par with a puzzle game, flows nicely, doesn’t want to make you crush your skull in due to it constantly playing, and is seamless in its looping. The title screen music does set the mood for the game.
Controls: Easy enough with a point and click system, but can be a little confusing in certain areas, namely object interaction in the inventory. But like any new game, a little fooling around and you’ll get use to it.
Cons: The first puzzle is somewhat weird in my own opinion, at least there isn’t too many hints on what to do, though some people seem to have figured it out. (We include spoilered instructions in the article body). The other con I’ve heard from others is when the characters talk. Its done via text windows but the characters are voiced with audio clips from the show. I think the desire effect is like SNES Starfox but you can understand too many words.
Game demo can be picked up from their website. We have more after the page break.
You start off in the CMC’s clubhouse, where Sweete Belle excuses herself to go help Rarity clean up her shop, as promised. When she leaves, she somehow manages to lock the door. Applebloom doesn’t know where the key is, as she was using it to practice apple bucking and lost it somewhere outside. Your challenge is to figure out how to get out of the torture shack…I mean clubhouse. (Why does it lock from the outside?)
As said, its your standard point and click interface. You got a cursor (a horn) and an eyeball appears next to the horn when you hover over something interactive (along with a name at the bottom). You can switch between characters by clicking on their skulls in the bottom left corner, and each has an inventory that can be seen by clicking on the saddle bags (next to their skulls).
The inventory menu reminds me of Minecraft, namely due to the 9×9 box. To select an item, obviously click on it. Items can be used together by first clicking on one, and then the other. Also by selecting an item, it can be placed for use with the world via the right click menu.
Left clicking is more or less to look or directly interact with something.
Right clicking gives you a five option menu wheel. The bracket box on the left is for using items, the horseshoe is “hand” interaction with objects, an eye to look at items, and a speech bubble to talk to other characters. Speech involves a multiple choice style menu system. The bottom star button are the ponies special talents. Scoots flies, Sweete sings and Applebloom bucks.
Items can be switched between characters by selecting your inventory and an item, and then right clicking on the other character and clicking on the bracket box. Items are picked up by right clicking and using the horseshoe.
And that is the basics of the game. Your challenge on this level is getting out of the clubhouse. You can either try and figure it out, or you can read the blacked out text below. The puzzle itself is somewhat hard due to lack of hints, if you get really frustrated then we have cheater instructions on what exactly to do below (blacked out).
1. Open the window.
2. Change character to Scoots, right click apple picture and fly up to it (Scoots will steal it).
3. Pick up the hammer and in the inventory menu, click on the hammer, then the picture, it turns…into an apple.
4. Place apple on the bench by selecting it in your inventory, and then right clicking on the bench and clicking the bracket box.
5. Have Applebloom buck it.
6. Switch to Sweete outside, attempt to get the key, crow will steal it. Sing to crow, who will drop it.
7. Use key on door.
Thanks to The Doctor via Ponygoons