A man takes his five-year-old daughter to a three-day game development festival in Toronto and CHANGES THE WORLD FOREVER.
That may be a tad melodramatic on my part, but you have to admit that the browser-based “Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure” game has it all.
There’s magic—everybody loves magic. There’s adventure—again, yes, adventure is good. We have “Sissy,” an ironically-named brave protagonist.
And we have ponycorns. Part pony, part unicorn. Brilliant.
Fire up the game and you’ll find Sissy declaring, “Hi! My name’s Sissy, and I friggin’ LOVE ponycorns! They’re the best thing in the world ‘cuz they’re like ponies AND unicorns. They’re PONYCORNS!”
You then guide Sissy around through stargate-like rainbows, where she must battle villains and rescue ponycorns into the safety of empty jars.
The voice (and brains) behind the game, pictures, titles and concept is none other than five-year-old Cassie, seen here with her dad, Ryan, who helped out with some of the more technical aspects of the game.
According to Ryan’s blog (if you can get it to load—it’s obviously bogged down by ponycorn lovers the world over right now):
“Cassie drew all the pictures, wrote all the titles, and recorded the voice of the main character. She also came up with the NPCs (including Mr. Turtle, the Mean Tiger, and the villainous Lemon), and designed some of the puzzles (including the one where you [SPOILER ALERT] have to read a sign to justify your need for a coconut to throw at the Lemon).”
You can play the game here (again, if you can get it to load—it’s obviously bogged down by ponycorn lovers the world over right now). It’s fun. The voices are spot on. This is one of those things people are referring to when they talk about the good parts of the internet.