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Pony Island 2: Panda Circus is a surreal puzzle game where you play a character hacking a computer. A sequel to Pony Island, it contains the same hacking, experimentation, and self-reflection, but adds novel mechanics such as archery, conveyor puzzles, and countless other unusual ideas. It's this combination of seemingly discordant concepts, tied together with a bizarre, 4th-wall-breaking story with surprising coherence that makes it stand out.

You play a young wanderer stuck in the Earth Prison after you meet an unfortunate demise. To escape and fulfil your destiny, you must hack computer systems and games to find a way out while avoiding the clutches of the lords of the underworld. On your dreamlike journey, you voyage through time, mythology, and video games, breaking the fourth wall and challenging your ideas of what a game is and can be.

Play is a mix of many different elements almost akin to WarioWare minigames in their diversity, from horseback shooting to coding events to using conveyor belts to move objects. Much of the game takes place within a console in the game, which you must hack and override to escape your predicament. Sometimes, however, play moves beyond its 2D screen into three dimensions, where you do yet more eclectic activities.

The result is a game that's as bizarre as it is intriguing; with a mix of myriad different elements, a surreal narrative that makes you question what's really going on, and self-referential humour and commentary, it makes for an unusual yet engrossing experience unlike any other.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Pony Island 2: Panda Circus 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Brain Game, Platform, Point-and-Click and Shooting elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The developer states that the game contains "General Mature Content".

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to think outside the box and discover novel ways of progressing without much in the way of hints or guidance, and the story is somewhat complex and abstract.

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Pony Island 2: Panda Circus

Steam Store PC Coming Soon
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle (Brain Game, Platform, Point-and-Click and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, 3D First-Person and Pixels

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)


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