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  • Summary: Pony Island is a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Feb 5, 2016
    100
    Do not let the screenshots turn you away. Pony Island is a genuinely smart game which manages to surprise you all the way through its short running time. "One trick pony" this is not.
  2. Jan 22, 2016
    91
    Sharp, multilayered satire that remembers to be a game even as it makes fun of us for playing.
  3. Jan 19, 2016
    90
    I greatly enjoyed the two or so hours it took me to play through Pony Island. This is a game that delights in toying with your expectations and in breaking the fourth wall, in revealing its sinister yet playful world, and in building up a compelling antagonist and telling an ambiguous story. Pony Island is about as punk rock as they come.
  4. Jan 21, 2016
    85
    The game created by Daniel Mullins is one of the most alienating experiences ever made. Dark tones, black humour and meta-references are supported by interesting hacking puzzles that needs inductive reasoning. Really surprising.
  5. Jan 29, 2016
    85
    Due to the fact that Pony Island only asks a minor investment in terms of both time and price point ($5), but even more so because it's just so much fun, it falls under "must-play" territory and provides a vastly different experience from other modern-day indies.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Apr 12, 2016
    84
    Wretched Devil itself has slithered inside an arcade machine and tenderly shackles the player inside it. Metafictional loop of satanistic ponies wittily dance through an evening it lasts. [Apr 2016]
  7. Apr 14, 2016
    70
    Clever, unique, inventive but brief and repetitive. [Issue#172, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    10
    An incredible experience. Funny, creepy, baffling, and engrossing, Pony Island is an experience that everyone should have. I don't want toAn incredible experience. Funny, creepy, baffling, and engrossing, Pony Island is an experience that everyone should have. I don't want to spoil everything, but at $5 on Steam, this is a steal. Give it a try, and give the Devil his due. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2018
    10
    Какая же это годнота, просто слов нет.
    Интересно с самого начало, не оторвать глаз. Очень понравилась вся эта идея с хаками и измениния
    Какая же это годнота, просто слов нет.
    Интересно с самого начало, не оторвать глаз. Очень понравилась вся эта идея с хаками и измениния уровней.
    Музыка в играх меня не всегда особо впечятлала, да и здесь я не вслушивался, однако она подходила под моменты. Головоломки не из самых трудных, но всё-же интересны. Сам же геймплей просто шикарен, красочно и красиво (разнообразие как таковое имеется). Так же разные варианты прохождения и не одна концовка.
    Сюжет (хоть и не полностью раскрыт гг но он шикарен) 8/10
    Музыка (на самом деле трудно мне оценивать, но..) 7/10
    Геймплей 10/10
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  3. Jan 18, 2016
    9
    the best creative game I have ever seen
    An incredible experience.funny and puzzling
    best indie game of the year worth $5 on steam and 1-4
    the best creative game I have ever seen
    An incredible experience.funny and puzzling
    best indie game of the year
    worth $5 on steam and 1-4 hours of your life
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  4. Nov 3, 2016
    8
    To be honest it’s hard to know where to begin when describing Pony Island but, suffice to say, it’s very clever and unlike anything elseTo be honest it’s hard to know where to begin when describing Pony Island but, suffice to say, it’s very clever and unlike anything else you’ll have ever played. In gameplay terms it largely consists of endless runner style segments and abstract puzzles but you really have to just try it for yourself to even you’re going to have any understanding of exactly how it works. Expand
  5. Mar 4, 2018
    8
    It's an unusual puzzle game where you attempt to escape from a bugged arcade machine with a stupid endless runner game which has an evil AIIt's an unusual puzzle game where you attempt to escape from a bugged arcade machine with a stupid endless runner game which has an evil AI and won't let you leave. It's a unique experience, and basically every next puzzle is unlike those you've seen previously, so the game keeps asking you to think out-of-the-box all the time.

    Good:
    - nice retro feel from the late 80s - early 90s, achieved with graphics and sounds
    - unusual puzzles which don't repeat themselves
    - the humor of it all: you stumble in the dark trying to figure out what's happening and what this game is actually about. I suppose the author also puts a question here what makes a game a game, or what a game is? Since the game itself (Pony Island endless runner) is boring as hell, and fiddling around with hacks, bugs and options is the real game.

    So-so:
    - it's a puzzle, so, no replay value. And often you are stuck and just move around the screens doing random things, trying to guess what the author wanted from you this time. And since it all mostly doesn't make sense, it can get frustrating. But that's just what puzzles are about. If you aren't really into puzzles, you may drop it in the middle.

    Bad:
    - nothing really
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  6. Jul 30, 2017
    7
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  7. Apr 6, 2020
    1
    Very frustrating puzzles! I couldn't bear it! I could play only 20min on record!

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