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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: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  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. Mar 2, 2016
    10
    Best game what i'am playing,and best gameplay! OST too best. Very much puzzles, and best storyline!
    Please this is game by god! (and by
    Best game what i'am playing,and best gameplay! OST too best. Very much puzzles, and best storyline!
    Please this is game by god! (and by satana XD) play this pls
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  3. 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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  4. Apr 5, 2017
    8
    There is a point where I said out loud "This game is freaking genius!". My brother can vouch for that.
    It is very clever.
    I have to be
    There is a point where I said out loud "This game is freaking genius!". My brother can vouch for that.
    It is very clever.
    I have to be honest, the segments where you play the endless runner portion are sometimes a bit too challenging for my tastes, but I would just knuckle under and get through them because the rest of it is really rather clever.
    I won't spoil it by telling you why, but chances are you've already seen a ton of spoilers. If you haven't then don't read any more reviews and just play the game. It's better that way.
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  5. May 15, 2018
    8
    Simplistic game, but creative and interesting to play to the end. I would recommend it.
  6. Aug 12, 2017
    7
    Definitely worth a look. Interesting concept of playing a game in a game which is corrupted. It's not a overly long game, maybe 2-3 hours outDefinitely worth a look. Interesting concept of playing a game in a game which is corrupted. It's not a overly long game, maybe 2-3 hours out of it. At the right place it is worth a look as it's a quite different to the norm. Expand
  7. Mar 30, 2016
    2
    I give the game a score of 2 for the few (very few) successful attempts on being funny, as it seems like is the only goal in the game. OverallI give the game a score of 2 for the few (very few) successful attempts on being funny, as it seems like is the only goal in the game. Overall it was a poor experience with very short, dark and loud/noisy game-play. The story is boring, the dialog, which is an essential part of a game like this, doesn't feel completed and sounds hurt my ears even when it was on very low volume. Normally I like games with a little touch of puzzle and humor, but this game just seemed like a waste of time. Expand

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