Everything is sunshine and puppies here at Rabbitcon, so it’s only appropriate that we cover a game so sweet that it should send you into insulin shock. Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure is an adventure game written, drawn and voice acted by a 5 year old girl.
The hand-drawn crayon animation and graphics supplement the voice acting performance from Sissy, the main designer, and her dad. It gives the entire game the feel of pure play—just a father playing a game of imagination with his daughter. It reminds me of what games are about in the first place, having fun and playing in an imaginary world.
The story involves Sissy’s magical adventure to find the ponycorns, which are like ponies and unicorns combined. Along the way you can find all kinds of characters and even get multiple endings for the characters you interact with. It’s a complete adventure game and the formula works well, even when stripped to its crayon-drawn bones.
If you’ve ever wanted to make a game, it also serves as a good example of what can be done. If a 5-year old girl can do it, anyone can.
Talking Points: How does the saccharine sweetness of the story work with the adventure game formula? I found myself being a little more forgiving of the various adventure game tropes because the story and setting just worked so well. If you didn’t know this was by a 5-year old girl, would you think more or less of it?