My Little Pony is one of those things that instantly takes me back to my '80s childhood, despite my interests lying in the more "boy-centric" cartoons like G.I. Joe and Transformers. Of course, at that tender age I didn't realize just how gender-skewed everything was, so my fond memories of My Little Pony are due to my sister's interest in the show and toys; along with Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Care Bears.

Well, we definitely live in a much different time just a couple of decades later. My Little Pony has seen an unprecedented return to popularity in recent years, and it's definitely not just a girls thing anymore. With the Brony culture achieving fairly mainstream exposure, now it's practically en vogue to claim your love of My Little Pony, and if you happen to be male then it's something that's far more accepted now than when I was a kid, which I think is pretty cool.

So anyway, if you've got the My Little Pony fever, then Gameloft has an officially licensed game coming your way which appears to simply be called My Little Pony. As you can see from the screens below, there will be a city-building mechanic that is dripping with My Little Pony fan service, and there will be mini-games to bolster along the Ponyville-building stuff. Gameloft is also throwing out some of the included characters in the game, like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.

My Little Pony is slated to hit the App Store sometime this year, and it sounds like it's isn't too far off so I'd expect it sooner rather than later. Whether you claim your allegiance as a Brony, a Pegasister, or just a casual fan of the series, look for more on My Little Pony as it gets closer to release.

  • Jonas Lum

    Finally Gameloft releases a good game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

    give me transformers any day

  • Blodia

    I can feel my t-cell count dropping already...

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TKYJEVNSN3QH72XBMIB5GZXJCA Leshrac

      Really? You're gonna go there? Not cool, man, not cool. way to take social acceptance back thirty years.

      • Joshua Pines

        Everyone is entitled to there own opinion if anything his comment is a bit funny and you're suppose to love and tolerate.

      • Ceedog48

        That's not an opinion, that's an insult. If he said "I don't like bronies", that would be different. I agree about that "love and tolerate" thing, though.

    • JCat_NY

      Bad karma is going have field day when it visits you.

      • Joshua Pines

        It is those who wish bad karma upon people who are hit hardest by it maybe you should learn to love and tolerate people.

  • bramblett05

    Oh dear god you got to be f'n kidding me is there anything gameloft won't touch?

    • ducksFANjason

      Good games?

  • Firetruck94

    My dad is rolling over in his grave right now

    • ducksFANjason

      Your dad was a Little Pony?

      • Firetruck94

        My dad would have sooner killed himself than watch this show when he was young...

      • http://www.facebook.com/serch.owo Conker Grim

        i know that feel, but, in a couble weeks, i'll be givin you a bro hoof any way... it's matter of time ._.

      • Joshua Pines

        Bronying
        Your doing it right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/questionthemajority Matt Garner

        Your father is rolling over his grave because people completely unrelated to himself like a cartoon about talking horses?

  • NeonVoidJP

    This is not the kind of notification I want when I am with my male mates!! Embarrassing!! Lol

  • zergslayer69

    Only the manliest of men will play this in public. Test your manliness!

  • http://twitter.com/sstaver Stephen Staver

    Considering the recent news about "Pinkie Pie" winning $6000 in a Google Chrome hacking challenge, I think that adds credence to the awesomeness of this.

  • Nycteris

    Take my money!

    • Onikage725

      It will probably be free(mium)

  • PersonaSpace

    Cannot wait! Especially since I've been horribly addicted to management games like Tiny Tower lately.

  • Bool Zero

    I'm a child of the late seventies and eighties. I am also a father of two girls and a boy. I'll readily admit that the original My Little Pony was gender specific and quite honestly, garbage (but then again so was He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K., and a majority of the 80's cartoons if you actually take the time to revisit them)!

    Still not gonna stop me from buying the He-Man game coming out, or admitting that the recent He-Man [2000's] and new Thundercats cartoons were far superior to the originals (sadly, the new G.I. Joe blew compared to the potential of a ongoing series left unfulfilled that was Resolute)! But nostalgia is what it is, and I'll admit I am a slave to it at times, even while admitting something I loved was bad!

    I am not ashamed to say not only have I watched the newer My Little Pony, but quite frankly, that it is hilarious, entertaining and is pretty gender blind despite its origins! So yes, my girls and boy will get this loaded on their touches and the family iPad (my old iPad 1 passed to the kids) will have it as well!

    Haters gonna hate... This new My Little Pony is just damn funny! Besides, this is Gameloft after all... It's not like they aren't known for Freemium model games!

    • Onikage725

      Meh...as a kid I watched everything. I was neutral to gender -specific marketing. I preferred Thundercats, He-man, tmnt, voltron. But I also watched Care Bears, she-ra, rainbow Brite, jem, and yes even my little pony tales. That said, my three yr old at times watches the new one. I've watched with him, and honestly don't see what the fuss is about. I get that it has fans, but the level of fervor...heck in this thread someone cracks a joke and the response makes it seem like mlp = civil rights movement.
      Not hating, just don't understand. I've had some bronies get in my face just for answering no when THRY asked ME if I watch it. And this isn't some adult high ground, cuz I'm pushing thirty and eagerly await the weekly iTunes release of Young Justice lol

      • MrAlbum

        I think it's the core spirit of the show that grabs people, and something that nebulous takes a while to show what it truly is capable of. It took me about the twelfth episode of the first season before I managed to pin down just what makes the show so good.

        Brace yourself....

        It is a show about humanity (AS A CONCEPT), and how everyone has special talents and abilities that may be cool on their own; however, no special talent is as powerful as when people combine their talents and focus them towards a common goal. In essence, this show is the embodiment of unity in diversity, unity referring towards "focused on a common goal", not "mindless conformism".

        And this is told via technicolor ponies with clearly defined surface personalities and flaws, but with strange hidden depths to their characters that only become apparent as they try to make sense of this crazy world they have to live in, which includes interacting with each other realistically.

        Also, and I know this is subjective, but IT IS FUNNY. To say that my sides split more than once over these crazy ponies is an understatement.

        Also, and I know this is subjective, but it is genuinely touching, both in the "awwww" factor and the "waaah" factor. Seeing these ponies faces when their dreams are dashed and their lives are several shades of ruined is... *sniff*

        *wipes away tears* I'm better now....

        And all of this is told through sharp writing and extremely well-done and fluid animation. If anything, this show is a visual testament to what Adobe Flash CAN do, in the hands of people with talent, means and experience. And the team behind this show have all those in spades, from the animators to the voice actors and the layout to the animation quality to the art design itself.

        In short, I consider this in the same league as Samurai Jack, Batman: The Animated Series and Animaniacs, in terms of overall quality.

        And, frankly, I love it to death. To the point where I even considered writing fan fiction.

        Trust me, I did try that, and the result was... just stay away from it.

        Although one piece of fan fiction is a classic for anyone, fan of the show or not:

        Fallout Equestria.

        Check this beast out, and stare in awe at the jaw-dropping writing quality, the surprisingly successful fusion of the two worlds, the complex three-dimensional characters in a fully-realized hell hole of a world where the magical equivalent of nuclear fallout renders most any place completely inhospitable. Warning, tho: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH. Although I am certain there is a tiny bit of perverse pleasure to be had of technicolor creations struggling to not have their guts ripped out by bandits on the left, zombie husks on the right, and demon shades from above and gluttonous dragons below.

        Just a recommendation, both for the show and the fic.

        .....

        Yeah, I think I'm a Brony in denial :P

        Sincerely,

        Mr. Album

      • Onikage725

        Admitting it is the first step :p

        Honestly, though, a fair amount of youth programming at least strives for that connection. So, again, I get that it has fans. But, hell, if Wishbone or Ghost Writer were to pop up I'd freak out. And I enjoy watching my Sony's favorite show, the Fresh Beat Band. It too is a vivid program about cooperation and unity. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but they solve problems (and make music) best when coming together.

        And yet, I don't think I'd ever wade into neutral territory and venture "Fresh Beats, right guys??" If someone said they were too old for it, or cracked a joke, i doubt id take offence. And if I stumbled upon a large group of folks my age who loved it on the fan art/fic/custom avatars level I'd probably be a little shocked. So, to me, it is the level of MLP fandom that surprises me. And the lack of self-awareness of some fans (certainly not all or most, but they make a splash). Honestly, if you ask if someone watches, and I quote, "My Little Pony" and they reply that they are too old... Disagree or maybe make a selling point (as you just did Mr Album). I've just seen far too many bronies react as if that is insulting and ridiculous, and treat people who don't get the appeal as borderline bigots.

      • MrAlbum

        Ironically, that reflexive bigotry is antithesis to the core message of the show, which is why I often don't identify as a Brony (which is why I'm in denial and will stay there :P). People who respond in that "Welcome to the Herd" mentality and scorn others who don't agree with them are actually enforcing a kind of conformism that can reach levels of ridiculous proportions, even for the Internet.

        Hell, the Bronies "loved and tolerated the s***" out of 4chan when 4chan tried to remove every single Brony-related thing from their site because for reasons I don't remember.

        AND THE BRONIES WON.

        Now, the Bronies have the run of a spinoff of 4chan, called Ponychan.

        0.o

        Ladies and Gentlemen, while I am unsure of the details, the truth is that something like that did in fact happen.

        The Bronies beat 4chan.

        Be. Very. Afraid.

      • Onikage725

        All that said, I'll probably try this game. Morbid curiosity makes me download Gameloft's city builders. They are like an awkward mid point between a zynga game and kairosoft.

      • http://www.facebook.com/serch.owo Conker Grim

        TL-DR,

        New My Little Pony is awesome

      • http://www.facebook.com/questionthemajority Matt Garner

        People take the show too seriously. No denying that. At its core, I think people are just completely baffled that something bearing the name My Little Pony is actually this entertaining, mixed with the fact that there aren't very many good cartoons available these days. It's simply a case of "right place, right time." I personally find the cartoon hilarious and heartwarming, but I'm not going to say it's changed my life. It is one of my favorite shows right now, but for the same reasons I like any other show. Feel free to scoff at those who claim this program as a new stage in the evolution of mankind. Lord knows I do and I even run a comic blog based on the show!

  • witedahlia

    Yay pink!

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Well, I'm a brony, and I've no qualms with Gameloft - but I was certainly hoping for something better than a city builder.  Oh well.

  • vic_viper_001

    Awww f*¢% yeah! I'll definitely test my rugged masculinity by playing this one in public! What took you so long Gameloft?

  • spawn12345

    Well when I get home im turning off in app purchases on my gfs iphone....

  • http://www.facebook.com/Darkwolf.1982 Laurens Nash

    Fighting is Magic is a game in development by Mane6. Google it.
    That will be the first true bad ass game for the franchise. It's made by bronies, but the visual and audio quality is quite stunning.

  • araczynski

    no, sorry, don't care what the commercials tell you, still not manly to play with little pink horses with flowing, glittering manes.

    • Ward Fisher

      "It's curtains for you, Dr. Horrible. Lacy, gently wafting curtains."

    • fuzzlor

      Which commercials have you been watching exactly?

  • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

    I would have also taken the Sky Dancers franchise or Polly Pocket.

    It's not so much the gameplay, story, characters or world that catches my eye, but the appealing color palette while on heavy amounts of LSD.

  • Adam Gibson

    My young daughters are going to go crazy when they hear about this being available.  I will certainly get bonus daddy points when that week arrives :).

  • Matthew Guerrero

    Dare I say Gameloft has gotten..... 20 percent cooler? :D

  • LOLavi

    Well I'm a brony(come at me!), but I don't like the looks of this at all...

  • SuperMario7

    Don't mean to be cynical, but it's hard not to be these days, it looks like another one of Gameloft's freemium apps, loaded with ridiculously expensive in app purchases which go all the way to £69.99 here in the UK. And like a lot of junk such as Capcom's Smurfs games it's deliberately aimed at kids.  I dunno, I actually find this kind of disturbing to be honest, there's probably little doubt that it's going straight to the top of the Top Grossing apss on the Appstore.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHRM2IZU2SMZPXYAY5B7S3CPSA yahoo-KHRM2IZU2SMZPXYAY5B7S3CPSA

      Yeah these things aren't even "games", it's just decorating a grid with stuff you pay real cash for. I can see where kids love it and get addicted by it as this is similar to how they play (e.g. when setting up a Barbie house or Transformers base or whatever), which makes it seem, to me, even more unscrupulous to charge what they charge for in-game items. 

      • MrAlbum

        I dunno, wasn't the original Sim City much the same tho, except more complicated? I don't remember much of that, and I'd actually pin the root of these freemium city builders (including FarmVille) to that game and others like it at the time. Not sure that's an apt analysis, but it's what I know.

      • Ryan Gill

         There's also games like Harvest Moon...really any sim. The difference is, sometimes you had to do something different- sleep requirements, in-game currency, energy, what have you), but you got those things via gameplay. These games you either pony up the cash (no pun intended) or you take looooooong breaks for every 5-10 min of gameplay. Which is the antithesis of a freaking SIM. You can sit down in front of Sim City, Harvest Moon, Civ, whatever your flavor and sink hours without thinking about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Harrison/100000541007999 Josh Harrison

    love and tolerate

  • mike rossknecht

    Why does femininity bother people?

  • disqus_IUkmciGAiC

    Doubleyou1234 friend me
    Ps I'm a dude and I love this game