Streetfighter Moo: The Cartoon Animal Fighting Game

I hope you’re not expecting me to say something about bronies or other fans of pony-related cartoons and toys. People like all sorts of things, and that’s OK. But I have got something to say about Them’s Fighting Herds [official site], a fighting game heavily inspired by My Little Pony and made with the creator of Friendship Is Magic, which is that it looks wonderful.

As it doesn’t have the MLP license there are, in fact, little to no ponies in this game, but there are a great many hoofed mammals (ungulates, donchanknow) who are styled to resemble the big eyes and cute haircuts of the deathless toyline, so I imagine it will be well-received by fans. And by non-fans – I mean, look at it:

It was originally an unofficial MLP game entitled Fighting Is Magic, but Hasbro put the smackdown on that, hence all the deers and llamas and things. Those are designed by Lauren Faust, creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and cheery DC comics cartoon Super Best Friends Forever. Developers Mane6 are primarily comprised of Friendship Is Magic fans, and it seems as though they’re making things happen. Fandom is magic.

Them’s Fighting Herds is after $436,000 on Indiegogo, and is currently about a quarter of the way there with 29 days to go. Even odds on making it, I’d say, depending on what proportion of the MLP fanbase want to fight things.

As well as the 2D fighting side, there’s a top down, slightly Pokemonish hub world which, I suspect, will be a big draw in its own right. You can chat, challenge, spectate and show off your outfits in there, like Habbo Hotel for pony fans.

There’s also a whole lot of lore about this world and why all these creatures are kicking seven bells out of each other, which is the point at which I back away slowly.

The fighting looks great, though.

35 Comments

  1. LionsPhil says:

    Hunh, I didn’t know, and I didn’t really expect, Faust to be involved with this. A 2D fighter seemed like almost the least appropriate genre for MLP in the first place.

    Looks like the cowgirl became a cow girl in the de-MLP-ing. I guess they’ve lost the existing music; shame, although another video on their account shows a neat dynamic music system.

    • Xzi says:

      Agreed, it should be an FPS in which you play as the powersuit-clad marine from DOOM(4) and brutally murder every last pony. Once that’s done, you get to murder all the bronies.

      • dethtoll says:

        What’s wrong with the ponies? I don’t watch MLP but I got nothing against a show for preteen girls, not sure why some people have this overwhelming urge to destroy everything cute.

        Bronies need to explode, though.

        • Nixitur says:

          If your reason for hating someone or wanting someone to die is nothing more than that they like a particular show, then you need to get your priorities in order.
          And possibly visit a psychiatrist.

          • dethtoll says:

            Thanks for your input, but wouldn’t you rather put your armchair psychologist’s skills to work questioning why some people want to destroy everything aimed at children to show their maturity rather than to excoriate someone for making an offhand, unserious comment about a subset of MLP fandom with a known and well-deserved reputation for being creepy (we’re talking borderline pedophilic here) and weird and generally unpleasant?

            No? Fuckin’ A.

          • Kitsunin says:

            The thought that the MLP community is weird and generally unpleasant is just…no, no, holy shit no. It’s the only fandom I think exists which I would feel comfortable having my child immersed in. Equestria Daily, the subreddit, Fimfiction (for 18- accounts), these are all places which contain not an ounce of adult content. The community likewise is by far the most caring I’ve seen and has been responsible for a lot of good things. Anyone being inappropriate toward anyone, but especially younger bronies would be removed rapidly.

            That the sex stuff exists is a joke of an argument. Name your favorite show–now look for R34 of an underage character. You will find it.

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            Phasma Felis says:

            @dethtoll: The thing is, you’ve let the haters sucker you into believing that bronies are notably abhorrent. They really aren’t. They’ve got a handful of creepoids, just like any other fandom. But the haters obsessively seek out those creepoids and advertise them everywhere they can to try to smear the entire fandom, and you enable them by uncritically believing it.

            And it’s not about hating things that are “for children”. It’s about males liking something intended for females. I guarantee you that none of the frothing pony-haters have any problem with grown men watching Transformers cartoons. It’s dudes daring to defect to the pink side of the toy aisle that disgusts and enrages them.

          • pepperfez says:

            And it’s not about hating things that are “for children”. It’s about males liking something intended for females.
            Yuuuup. The giveaway is how often it’s talked about as a sexual perversion, the go-to for shaming insufficiently masculine behavior.

          • dethtoll says:

            You guys are hilarious. About the only salient point being made here is the “stuff for girls” thing. The rest of it is a bit frightening in its implications.

          • Crabtipus says:

            The level of cognitive dissonance here is kinda weirding me out. Bronies and furries are more or less the same thing, and there’s a huge overlap between the two fandoms. Personally, I think equivocating pony porn and generic R34 is intellectually dishonest– My Little Pony is currently occupying both rank 2 and 3 of the most posted tags on Paheal. The “handful of creepers” ruining it for the rest of you echoes a lot of the arguments of 90’s furries who tried desperately to convince people that the porn was only a small part of that community as well, and today I don’t think very many people would give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.

        • eggy toast says:

          Unsurprisingly bringing all the quasi-paedo bronies out of the woodwork. The guy who sends his small daughter to Reddit to hangout with grown men who spend thousands on home made plush sex ponies has got to be a troll.

      • HERP DERP NANOMACHINES says:

        I found the masculinity police shill.

    • Kitsunin says:

      RC88 is the same music guy as before, though, and his Youtube channel now contains a couple fantastic tracks for the new OST.

      Mandatory listenin’, y’all.

    • jgf1123 says:

      IIRC, it started as a joke on 4chan. Someone posted fanart with pastel ponies beating each other up like in a fighting game. Then someone said, “Let’s make this happen.” Usually these fan project peter out, but this one didn’t somehow. It made a push to be included in Evo 2013 but didn’t, I think.

      After Hasbro sent the devs a C&D, Faust offered to design them new characters. She likes fans, not Hasbro, who squeezed her out of her own show.

      • gwathdring says:

        That’s AWESOME. :D What a cool thing to do for your fans.

      • Seth_Keta says:

        If I recall correctly, the developers didn’t put it up for EVO, it was actually the fans. And this is one of the reasons why they had to stop using MLP for the source material. It garnered way too much attention, and Hasbro couldn’t ignore it anymore.

        Fortunately Lauren Faust herself helped save it.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Faust really is awesome.

  2. dethtoll says:

    This looks ridiculous and I want in.

  3. unraveler says:

    Fan or not, I might support them just to send “Fuck you” message to the Corp that spits in the faces of their fans!

    • Seth_Keta says:

      To be fair Hasbro didn’t spit in the faces of their fans in this instance. Hasbro has actually been incredibly lax in letting the fans go absolutely bonkers with homemade stuff. Plushies, shirts, etc.

      The problem is that games are a little bit different than a homemade plushie or t-shirt. And according to the laws they’re legally obligated to do something about it. If they don’t, then they’ve no grounds to prevent third-parties from mass-producing shitty games based on their IP.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Normally this is where I’d link EFF’s bit on trademark law not actually doing that, but I suspect by the point you’re using characters and settings and whatnot you’re probably into copyright territory, so, yeah.

        • Llewyn says:

          And with all IP situations where there is case law in certain jurisdictions which suggests that action is necessary to avoid weakening rights, “doing something about it” doesn’t have to mean issuing a C&D. It can, for instance, involving granting a limited license to use the property – basically, “we’ve seen what you’re doing, it’s acceptable in this case but don’t use the characters for anything else, don’t make a sequel, don’t make any ancillary products, don’t use our properties in any way beyond what you’re currently doing, don’t describe your use as official, don’t make major changes without consulting us and don’t grant any rights other than distribution to third parties.”

  4. Nixitur says:

    The music for this seems really quite excellent. It’s the same guy as with Fighting Is Magic which is neat.
    It’s really cool to see that a C&D didn’t entirely kill the project and team, as it does with many other such fan projects. Yes, the graphics, sounds, music and many of the moves had to be changed, but not all of their work went to waste.
    Shame I don’t care about fighting games at all. I can’t afford to spend money on a game that I wouldn’t want to play, anyway.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      Credit Lauren Faust for that. She is just such a class act.

  5. Caiman says:

    This looks pretty good, I might have to pony up.

    • pepperfez says:

      It would really behoove any fan of indie fighting games to support this project. Mane6 seem totally dedicated, not like they’re just trying to milk the MLP fandom.

  6. 2FacedMayor says:

    A little backstory (speaking of crowdfunding) the last stretch goal of the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign was to give the Mane6 team access to the Z Engine (the same engine used for Skullgirls) to make this game. Friendship is magic, indeed.

  7. gwathdring says:

    The combat looks really tight. I’m intrigued.

  8. Mr_Blastman says:

    Ponies are stupid and are for little girls.

  9. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Quadruped fighting game? So it has buttons for “kick”, “other kick”, “other other kick”, and “also a kick”?

    That “oof” face is delightful to behold. Cute, instantly readable, and conveys the feeling of being hit better than Mortal Kombat’s showers of blood.

    • Kitsunin says:

      No, no, did you read the writeup? It has a button for “kick”, “other kick”, “other other kick”, and “oh a magical kick sure why not”.

  10. NephilimNexus says:

    This Game + Rule 34 = I’m probably going to have to buy another jug of eye-bleach soon, aren’t I?

    • pepperfez says:

      Isn’t the point of Rule 34 that nothing ever makes it better or worse?