Pony World 2

by Sydney
(HorseCrazyGirls.com)




This fun interactive game is great for kids 10 and under, but anyone can enjoy it. In this fun game you get to customize your pony. This is not a game where you ride the pony. Instead, you are the pony.

You can customize your pony by choosing the gender, color, and name. After you customize your pony’s looks then you get to choose their occupation. Then you get to choose where your pony will live and then you get to design where your pony will live. You also get to choose what situation your pony is in. You can make friends, add more items to your home, get promotions, and buy items that you want.

You can try it for free for an hour. All of these games are inexpensive if you get hooked and you want to play more. :) Download required.

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Jun 05, 2014
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My Questions
by: Wanderen


And to the people who made both of these games:

Thank you. Sincerely respect and appreciate all the thought and effort that went into the making of these games. Hope to see more from you, going forward. Because both of these games have a lot of potential. The basic idea is an excellent one. This could be such a great cute way to trick my little niece into playing brain games and practicing her reading skills.

There are just a few things that need tweaking. The job system is a case in point. I never figured out, in either game, how to get the pony to change jobs or if that was even an option. When you send the pony to work... You never know how close you are to a promotion or what that promotion will be or what other stats your pony might need to improve before a promotion is offered. When I tried to apply for a different job - any different job - I was told that my pony didn't have enough qualifications. So... What qualifications do you need and how do we get those and does the pony have to figure out how to quit their current job before they can start a new one or is the switch just automatic?

Also, since I did only play the free trial hour... I have no idea how either of these games end and because I'm shopping for someone under the age of ten, that is a concern for me. Can someone please tell me: how do these games end? I mean, do you just reach a goal and get a note that the pony retired, congrats - game over or what? In both games, the pony has a profile and the profile has an age on it and the age changes as time passes. So... Does the pony ever get old? And what happens if the pony is starving with no crops to harvest and no money to spend? Does the pony die? I have to ask. I'd just like to know. If the pony can die in either of these games... Tell me about it. Because how that event is handled changes the audience the game will appeal to.

Last but not least, just a suggestion in case there's ever a next version: Unicorns. Pegasus. My niece would love to see them included in this sort of game. Honestly, so would I. Believe that you could do it. Why not? Add a unicorn horn as one of the hairstyle options. Add a set of wings to the body art option, even a flat tattoo of wings could work. Wouldn't that be cool?

Thank you again, for your time.

Jun 05, 2014
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Conclusion
by: Wanderen

In conclusion:

Pony World Deluxe has simpler graphics, faster loading times, more design options to start with and seems to put the most focus on having fun. If you're shopping for someone younger - or are just a player who chooses relaxing functional gameplay over loading screens - then this is the clear winner. Play the tutorial, it will answer most of your questions about the controls. Use the notes I've provided here to save you some expense. Enjoy.

Pony World 2 has some nice additions - more items to purchase, the backpack is a good idea because it means that you don't have to go home every time the pony is hungry, the grooming equipment works and the crops can be planted closer together which makes taking care of them easier - but would probably be suitable for a more serious and patient gamer who likes to start from scratch and slowly work their way up to a goal. There is a lot more focus on planning your next moves and trying to be prepared for the worst. Because if the pony is too sad/sick/tired/hungry/dirty/lonely then it will refuse to go to work. And if you don't have enough money saved to fix the problem, I guess you might as well start over. So there's a bit more realism, I suppose, in the way that things are set up but then again this IS supposed to be a sim-style game for a person who wants to play as a small colorful horse. Maybe that is part of why attempts at realism tends to clash with the overall feel and flow of the game?

Jun 05, 2014
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Pony World Deluxe VS. Pony World 2
by: Wanderen

*Send the pony to work.

--In Pony World Deluxe, entry level jobs pay 250.

--In Pony World 2, entry level jobs pay 30.

This is what really set the games apart, in my humble opinion. In Pony World Deluxe, I only had to send the pony to work every now and then. I never worried about my pony starving and I could afford medicine if the pony got sick - but it didn't get sick. Not once. Since the pony was earning a decent amount, building up the farm was easy and as a result, I spent more time there. Spending more time at the farm means being able to harvest crops more often, being there when random events trigger and also being invited to participate in the mini-game competitions. All of this adds up to a happier pony and more time spent actually PLAYING.

Remember, for both of these games, I only did the free trial. One hour for each game. That's all. But in Pony World Deluxe, since my pony wasn't going to work all the time, I had a chance to check out almost all the mini-games. The horse race, the memory card game, the basketball court, the beauty contest matching game and even the word search in the newspaper - and you know what, it was FUN. Also, despite the fact that my pony was skipping work some days, I still earned a promotion.

In Pony World 2... The tradeoff for more 3D graphics is frustratingly slow loading screens every time you want to go somewhere. And the tradeoff for lower income to start with is the fact that you will pretty much always need to go somewhere. Basically this version of the game has become all about sending the pony to work so that you can afford to buy food or medicine for it. Because the pony seems to get hungry and sick a lot more often in this game. And since the pony is at work so much more, that means less time is spent on the farm. So you don't harvest the crops, get invited to the mini-games or trigger the random events as often either.

Maybe after you've played for a long time and have had a chance to build up your resources, the gameplay improves for Pony World 2. But just what I played, just the first hour... I didn't trigger a single random event. I didn't get invited to a single mini-game. My pony went to work every day, slept a lot, got sick three times and didn't even earn a promotion. It was a tough way to start. Not very fun. I have to doubt that my young niece would have the patience to stick with this game.

Also... In Pony World Deluxe, my pony had the job of being a comedian and met other ponies who were listed as being paramedics, magicians, acrobats and actors. In Pony World 2, every job is tied to a location in the 3D town. If your pony works at the grocery store, their job title is a trader. If your pony works at the school, their job title is a teacher. So it seems that even just the job titles were more fun, diverse and imaginative in the old game.

Jun 05, 2014
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Pony World Deluxe VS. Pony World 2
by: Wanderen

*Design a farm.
This is where your pony lives.

--In Pony World Deluxe the farm comes furnished. You start with a stable, a shade umbrella, a fence, some rocks and some plants. If you play the tutorial then you will also end up with fields for crops, a well to water the crops, a storage shed and a shower. Keep what you want and sell the rest, to make way for your own designs.

Would advise keeping the default stable, to begin with, just so that your horse has a place to eat and sleep. Also having the crop fields and fruit trees is useful, since they produce food that can be gathered and then either sold or fed to the pony as needed. You can plant carrots, cabbages, pumpkins or apple trees to harvest. Start with apple trees since they require no maintenance. Crop fields have to be watered and fertilized. Want to point out that the horse shower and grooming platform in this game are broken. Despite the fact that your pony will prance around and act delighted, using these items does not seem to get the pony any cleaner or happier so you'll actually have to save up and go into town for a makeover to improve your ponies mood.


--In Pony World 2, you get nothing. Unless you play the tutorial, your farm starts empty. You get to choose what kind of terrain your farm has but that doesn't really improve the situation. Remember that more water equals less places to build. Buy a stable immediately so that your horse will have a place to sleep. Plant some fruit trees because you are going to need them. There are two new types of fruit trees - pear and cherry - that you can plant and harvest from but harvesting is a bit more of a pain. In the old game, you could just click on the field to gather all the crops that were ripe to be picked. In this game, you have to click on each individual crop that is in a field to gather it. Oh but the horse shower and grooming platform in this game DO work - thanks to whomever fixed that glitch - but the pony no longer acts happy about getting clean.

Jun 05, 2014
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Pony World Deluxe VS. Pony World 2
by: Wanderen

Was checking out these games. After playing the free trial hour for each game, this is what I have learned. Hope that this information will be helpful to other gamers.

Pony World Deluxe is apparently the older version of this game. It can be found on the website of the anawiki game company but is significantly cheaper on sites like arcadetown.

In both games you can:

*Design a pony.
This is your character for the game. Your basic overall goal is to keep the pony happy, healthy, clean, fed and socialized.

--In Pony World 2 you have three skin colors that your pony can be, three colors for mane and tail and three body art options. You can dress the horse in a shirt or put on a pair of glasses. No chance to style the mane or tail. Maybe you can earn and unlock more options later?

--In Pony World Deluxe, the graphic quality isn't as sharp but you have way more options open from the start. Several skin colors, a chance to style the mane and tail, more body art. The clothing options include glasses, hoof socks and scarfs.

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