The puntastic Them’s Fightin’ Herds is collecting some mondo cash on IndieGogo, and seems to have a lot going for it. It features hardcore, combo-based 1v1 fighting, adorable characters that look like they’ve been ripped off of My Little Pony, and… well, that’s it. But it’s a combo that works better than I would have thought!
Let’s first talk about the Pony-ness of it all. Are the developers just thieving copycats? Yes and no! Originally, yes they were. They started developing the game under the name Fighting is Magic, a take-off of Friendship is Magic from the subtitle of the most recent iteration of My Little Pony. They then included actual MLP characters, and subsequently got slapped with a cease and desist letter from Hasbro (and what else did they think was going to happen?). But then in a miraculous turn of events, Lauren Faust, the designer of the characters from MLP: Friendship is Magic joined the game developers in creating a new set of characters that look exactly like the famous ponies. And everyone was happy!
I have more to say, but you should probably just watch a match first. There are some seriously cute/brutal combos happening in Them’s Fightin’ Herds.
The game is said to feature a 4-button fighting system—light, medium, heavy and magic (special); a juggle decay system where the opponent becomes heavier after enough juggling, effectively limiting the juggle but not putting a hard limit on it; and a visual lobby where everyone can goof around and find cosmetic items for your character.