Awww! Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure

By John Walker on May 26th, 2011 at 5:46 pm.

None of us reading could do better.

Oh my goodness, the cute-o-meter has just started hissing heart-shaped clouds of steam and leaking glitter. Heroic dad Ryan Creighton (of Flash developer Untold Entertainment) took his five-year-old daughter Cassie to this year’s TOJam, and together they created the adventure game, Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure. Which has turned out to be the most popular game of the show, to the point where the poor TOJam website has been taken over by it.

An absolutely gorgeously told blog post explains how it came about, and emphatically insists that Sissy was not enslaved but rather an excited, voluntary participant.

A ponycorn, in case you’re wondering, is the magical combination of a pony and a unicorn, and as such is the best thing ever if you’re a five year old girl. Sissy’s goal is to collect five of them and put them in jars. The drawings were all done by Cassie, along with her character’s voice, and I have a sneaking suspicion the same brilliant young mind was behind the logic for the puzzles.

“It’s possibly the greatest game ever made.” – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Creighton has had the rather sensible idea of putting ads on the front of the game, and a Paypal “donate” button underneath, with the intention of putting the money gained into a college fund for Cassie. Good grief, that’s good parenting. Go put some money in there.

Massive thanks to Fraser McCormick for the link.

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56 Comments »

  1. Flimgoblin says:

    It’s so cute! I’ve now added “exploit progeny” to my plan for world domination.

    • Moorkh says:

      Brilliant! It shames me not to have thought of that myself, yet.

  2. Teddy Leach says:

    I wish my dad had made a game so I had a university fund.

    I wish I’d had a university fund.

  3. Meat Circus says:

    Ponycorn. Not rude, but sounds it a bit.

    I have a sudden craving for a cream tea.

    • Koozer says:

      I had to read it twice to check the rudeness levels. It still sounds like a dirty word.

      “Hey, I’m off to find some Ponycorn”.

    • Urthman says:

      The sequel involves coneys.

  4. patstew says:

    I think the article says Sissy in a few places where it means Cassie. Unless the game character is going to university, and is voluntarily participating in the game.

  5. Sarkhan Lol says:

    “Better than ‘Gray Matter’” – Sarkhan Lol

  6. Terragot says:

    What’s a moy’da!?

  7. tomeoftom says:

    SOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUTE

  8. McDan says:

    How cute, lots of my little pony stuff there as well, which the internet seems to have been totally taken with. (it’s because the show is awesome)

    • McDan says:

      Must say I don’t agree with the hate that lemons are getting in this game.

  9. rivalin says:

    Grrrr. Where’s my Ponycorn!?

  10. Namos says:

    For other 5 year old genius creations, I suggest looking up Axe Cop – a webcomic about a cop with an axe. Awesome enough to become an actual comic. Contains such brilliant concepts as Avocado Soldier and Sockarang.

    • Tatourmi says:

      And a flying T-Rex-dragon with miniguns for arms and sunglasses, but spoilers!

    • Koozer says:

      Don’t forget the Liborg: a soldier with a brain of half-man, half-lion, and half-cheetah.

  11. jealouspirate says:

    That was fantastic. Smiled the whole way through. No wonder she loves Ponycorns!

  12. Buemba says:

    “A ponycorn, in case you’re wondering, is the magical combination of a pony and a unicorn, and as such is the best thing ever if you’re a five year old girl.”

    If you’re a five year old girl? I’m a 29 year old guy and I’d put a goat on a stick for a ponycorn.

  13. AndrewC says:

    Dad is best dad.

    When I was five it was a panther mixed with an eagle.

  14. Da5id Jaz says:

    This was so thoroughly enjoyable!

  15. DaFishes says:

    This is an awesome thing for a dad to do with his daughter. My teeth want to explode from sweetness. I donated to the college fund.

  16. SuperNashwanPower says:

    This is so cute I just shat a bunny rabbit

  17. yourgrandma says:

    This game is discriminatory against lemons. The outrage!

  18. amandachen says:

    Okay. This is better. Play this sort of game.

  19. Scandalon says:

    This is, as you say, delightful.

    I found the protagonist to be a bit two-dimensional though.

    I’ll get me coat.

  20. lowprices says:

    Better than The Longest Journey. Cuter too.

    And yes, I donated. How much American education does £5 buy?

  21. Fumarole says:

    Thanks, that made me smile.

  22. The Promised Landt says:

    This is the first time I donated for anything ever

  23. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Aww!

  24. Cradlejoe says:

    The evil lemon should rank in one of those “Top 100 Video Game Villains” things!

  25. Tei says:

    Secret: Lemons are edible, so if you hate lemons, drink lemonade.

  26. Farsearcher says:

    Thats adorable!

    I’m seriously impressed by Cassie, I couldn’t have focused like that for 6 hours when I was 5. That girls got a great future ahead of her.

    A great dad backing her up too.

  27. bluebogle says:

    That was the cutest thing I’ve ever played! Well done Cassie! Oh, and your dad did okay too.

  28. Freud says:

    I liked the branching paths that converge at orange boy. Good re-playability.

  29. Grape says:

    …And this was the single most popular game on the show.

    There is officially no hope for civilization.

  30. Rii says:

    Sissy uses Coconut on Lemon … It’s super effective!

  31. wruscle says:

    People! Spoilers! Please! Let players discover Orange Boy’s secret for themselves!

  32. Raye says:

    cute! this is like Axe Cop, but for little girls

    http://axecop.com/

  33. destroy.all.monsters says:

    I take it that it’s called a ponycorn since anything [really? In a thread about a five year old's game? Really? - Ed]

    You’re welcome.

    [No.- Ed]

  34. Moonracer says:

    I think this and Loom are the only two adventure games I’ve finished. Well, Maniac Mansion too, but with lots of walkthrough help.

  35. wcaypahwat says:

    I’m ashamed to say I got stuck for a little on one of the puzzles :(

  36. mbp says:

    Is it true that “Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure” is banned in Australia for use of the “F” word?