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Them's Fightin' Herds is a 2D fighting game designed by My Little Pony's creative director

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Lauren Faust, producer and creative director of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is developing a fighting game. Yes. You read that correctly. And it’s one inspired by – but for legal reasons separate from – the show. It’s called Them’s Fightin' Herds and Faust and developer Mane6 are currently looking for funding on Indiegogo

I have only watched one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, so I don’t know all that much about it. It’s got a passionate, sometimes surprisingly old, fanbase and who knows, maybe there’s a whole bunch of them who have a hunger for playing a game where cute critters kick the crap out of each other.

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Anyway! The small amount I do know about the show is that it’s extremely optimistic and all about magic animals working together and doing lots of lovely good deeds. The story of how Them’s Fighting Herds has come about would make for a pretty good episode, I reckon. 

Indie developer Mane6 were working on Fighting is Magic, a fan game based on the show. Well, they were until Hasbro (booo) sent them a cease and desist. It’s a bit of a shame, but it seems to have worked out, because Faust – who was following the game – offered her services and is now part of the team and has developed a brand new set of unique characters. 

Them’s Fightin’ Herds will have a magic system, juggling mechanics that make the critters heavier during the combo, dynamic music, GGPO-powered netplay, ranked and unranked matchmaking, customisation and fully realised lobbies where players can hang out and make chums. 

Check out some match footage. 

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In two days it’s already over a quarter of the way to its £436,000 goal.

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Gonzo ® Avatar
2 Years ago

I wonder how long it will take until porn mods are available?

Ninja Fried Rice Avatar
2 Years ago

I am hoping for a main 6 mod pack

MrAptronym Avatar
2 Years ago

I am not a MLP fan, though I like some of Lauren's other works. The game looks pretty interesting, in the vein of games like Guilty gear or Blazblue. (If I recall, they have similar combo limiter systems) That reindeer needs Icecars.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

Ooh, anyone spot the nightmare fuel? I do, I do! And it's so unsettling that it makes my skin crawl in waves of epidermal distress. (Probably.)

I'm sure assumptions will be made about my reaction, but I bet you're not thinking about what I'm thinking about! Or maybe you are, in which case, congratulations. I'm going to assume you're not though so I can tell you what I am thinking about, without any further dancing around the bush of beating.

I'm oh so leery of the setting itself and what it pertains to the state of mind of those involved. Prithee, I have an urge to over-analyse and psychoanalyse, won't you humour me?

Consider the po-faced imposition of hardcore vegan ideals on a world of animals. It's lovely and dandy for us humans, eh? Considering how we were born all omnivorous-like and with the capacity to make that choice. Super, smashing, great for us! A choice we can make without any negative impacts upon our health, let alone our life. Goodie!

But a born carnivore? Err...

Well, that's a bit different, is it not? It's coded into their genes. They were born that way. I can't quite see how Tony the Tiger or Lenny the Lion would have the capacity to up and say 'hey lads, I'm really done with this whole meat eating thing' unless they had a deathwish and were using it as a very abstract form of suicide.

Hence nightmare fuel, eh?

So poor Lenny, on the brink of starvation, nabs a hoofie and noms down. Only to be whisked away on a magical journey to an impregnable prison staffed by abusive hoofies for his sins. Oh, that's just not right. Imprisoned for the sin of being born!


See, add non-sapient animals into the mix and I'm quite certain that Tony and Lenny would just rightly mind their own business and leave the hoofies alone. But oh no, we can't have that! We need villains to demonise! Though not through means more ideological than biological, that's just silly!

This continues to befuddle when it occurs that if everything is sapient, then one wonders about the absence of the plant people and their warriors who would rise up against the atrocities, abominations, and oppressions of the hoofies! Where's their Poison Ivy, eh? She doesn't exiiiist, ooooh.

And when you consider the underlying subtext of that, that this is a world crafted to demonise carnivorous animals for being born that way? Well, that's just creepypasta material! You can consider my timbers shivered.


Sorry, I had to have a bit of fun with the lore because it really did stand out to me as very odd. Lovely looking game, though, and I do like 2D fighters. So I'm very much a fan. You won't be able to stop me from making fun of that lore, though.