We have received reports that various foreign companies have been trying to illegitimately associate themselves with TrotMania. In other words, they’ve been making cheap knock-off versions whose goal are to deceive you into thinking you’re getting the real deal. In the spirit of today’s festivities, we have decided to help prevent you from getting fooled yourself, by presenting our “hall of shame” of non-genuine TrotMania products.

They appear to mainly be of the “plug and play” variety; this means that all the electronics are embedded within the dance pad itself, so it can be plugged directly into a TV to play. This also means that the hardware is simple and done on the cheap, which tends to result in ancient-looking graphics and equally horrible 8-bit renditions of your favorite songs.

Faker than a fresh jar of Slippy.nuxx

This first one is called “Funk Trot”. We only found a picture of the box for it, but something about it just doesn’t feel right. Is it the fact that it stole about 50% of our logo and thought flipping the horseshoe would make it original again? That we can “plug into with the AA batteries” (plug into what exactly)? It is also a “Mini Game”; with only “13 Licence Song”, that is, in fact, quite mini. The other thing that is mini is how much time you’ll probably spend with it before throwing it out.

The next one we found is called “My Funny Groove Pad”, by a company also called My Funny, apparently.

'My Funny'? If there's no appearance by Ponyacci, I shall be somewhat disappointed.

My biggest question is what “My Funny” has to do with this: the wonky looking horse on the cover does not look humorous. Does he crack a joke if you do well? We also managed to procure a screenshot: thankfully it lives up to its promise of full-color graphics – if you look closely, you can see that it’s got all 8 of them.

Smile?.

In other words, this is not funny at all.

This one was sent to me in the form of a Nintencolt Entertainment Center ROM file; the sender told me that this specific software has been included in several plug-and-play dance pads, including one that had the audacity to call itself “Trotmana 3” on the box. Not even in roman numerals. The ROM had three different games on it: “Dance”, “Hit-sprite”, and “Crystal Plumber 7”; the last one identified itself as something called “7 Grand Sire” when I launched it. Either way, it’s rather awkward to play a platformer on a dance pad, especially one which is just based off a TV show, but with the main character’s sprite edited to look like Crystal Plumber.

Now, for the dance game part, since that’s what you’ve all come here to see. I can see what you’re trying to do here, anonymous developer, and it just looks bad. The timing is completely off and doesn’t correspond to the song at all. The gameplay screen actually doesn’t look too bad, but does look a little familiar; the fact that you misspelled “Celestial” is uncalled for, especially because you were clearly familiar with the source material if the overall design is any indication (I guess that explains the “Trotmana 3” one).

Obscurus did not endorse this

This last one, which was sent to us by x-TugMyHeartstrings-x, is even more peculiar; it is called “Dance Dance Revolution”. It appears to be a knock-off of TrotMania made by mysterious creatures that the sender calls “humans”.

Wait hold on a second.

According to her, the first edition of this DDR thing was released nearly 20 years ago. But who’s ripping off who? Did DDR really come first? If yes, why did it take so long for pony-kind (i.e. us) to independently come up with the exact same idea? Or, does it take only 4 years for 19 years to pass in the human realm, meaning that our first versions came out at the exact same time? How intelligent are these “humans”, anyway?

This supposed bootleg has bootlegs of its own, too: she brought up something else called “In the Groove”, which is nearly identical. She said that humans made that game when they thought the DDR one wasn’t hard enough. Apparently, hitting 3 or 4 arrows at once was once considered hard for humans, since they only have two hooves, and have two legs with something she called “hands” on them instead. Eventually they figured out how to hit certain pairs of arrows with just one, well-placed hoof. They’ve been making “mod files” for it too, just like we’ve been doing in TM.

But that’s not the half of it; she said practically everything in our world has some equivalent in the human realm; Las Pegasus? Las Vegas. Seaddle? Seattle. My Little Karaoke? Well, there’s quite a few. She said there was even a TV show about ponies there, and just about everyone watches it. Of course, I don’t know why this pony has such a fascination with these “humans” to begin with; if you thought this was just the tip of the iceberg, wait till you see her Troughlr blog,..

We are planning to take action against the distributors of these non-genuine products (with a focus on those that exist within our dimension, of course); remember, there is only one TrotMania, ask for it by name.

Head on over to the Downloads page, because the new update to TrotMania Euphorius has been released! Whichever method of obtaining it is most suited for you (Slow connection? Try the seed! Lightning fast bandwidth? Mega and a direct link are available), we’ve got you covered! Also, we’ve gone over the brand new content of this update, but there’s a bit more to it than that. Namely…

New Songs

  • Friendship is Magic Theme
  • Hearth’s Warming Eve is Here Once Again
  • Luna’s Future
  • Say Goodbye to the Holiday
  • The Seeds of the Past
  • europa -THE ASCENSION- / DJ Vortivask
  • Friends Are Always There for You (Remix) / Spectra
  • Kick Back / SMOR3S feat. Aoshi
  • Quest (PonyFireStone Remix) / BLACKGRYPH0N & Baasik
  • Shadows / Seventh Element
  • CIDR.XXX / うすうすベア
  • Flutterwonder (Shroo’s Liquid D’nB Remix) / PinkiePieSwear
  • Something in the Cookies / Sonic Rainboom

New Course

  • Comes From the Hearth – 5 Songs (Hearth’s Warming Eve is Here Once Again, Say Goodbye to the Holiday, The Seeds of the Past, Pinkie’s Present, Luna’s Future)

Altered Songs

TrotMania Euphorius

  • MMMMadness – Mane-iac Level 14 chart rerated to Level 13
  • Ponies – Media alteration on the back-end
  • Friendship is Magic (Remastered) – Certain charts altered for mines, preview start changed
  • Hive – Mane-iac Level 13 chart rerated to Level 14
  • Hooves Up in the Air – Background image updated
  • Spitfire (CDPP Remix) – Sync tweaked
  • Vinylicious – Protege Level 12 chart rerated to Level 11
  • ??? – Iron Pony Level 14 chart updated


TrotMania Aeternum Obscurum
  • Boooring! – Iron Pony Level 14 chart updated (altered version of the Level 15 chart)
  • Winter Spirit – Iron Pony Level 16 chart rerated to Level 15
  • Wrecked ‘em – Iron Pony Level 18 chart added


TrotMania Chrystalize
  • Applejack’s Theme – Iron Pony Level 17 chart updated
  • Boo Hoo – Iron Pony Level 17 chart updated
  • Wonderbolt – Iron Pony Level 18 chart updated

We hope you enjoy this latest update to the game and stay tuned for future news!

A deluge of new content!

Just a few days ago we revealed one of the key tenets of this Payload’s content, the musical episode completion. However, that’s not all that’s up our sleeve: we’ve got a whole 8 other songs waiting for you to try out!

  • Hailing from the show, we have…the show theme! Yes, the Alex S. remix has been in the series since the first installment, but now we have the actual extended version of the theme tune stepped for the game. It’s no slouch either, with a wicked little level 13 to keep you on your toes, perhaps literally!
  • We have a brand new composer making his debut in the series. Though he goes by many names, DJ Vortivask is the title he’s taken for this endeavor, a pumped-up little track called europa -THE ASCENSION-. The song is also making a dual appearance in fan project DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA3, with a different mix and slightly different instrumentation. This particular version has previously appeared in a step contest called the Zenius-I-vanisher Battle Royale that got our very own stepper RIME to qualify for the next round!
  • We’ve culled another remix from the fandom, this time from Spectra, making his first appearance in the TrotMania series. His remix of Friends Are Always There for You is quite the energetic one, with even a neat little piano breakdown that gives dancers a chance to both cool down and get thrown off thanks to the tempo cut!
  • Aoshi makes his TrotMania debut (under this alias; he previously appeared as “Hanna & Hiffa” on One Dark Mare) off a featured credit on SMOR3S’ song Kick Back, an aggressive trap track. This simfile was originally featured in the series PonyMania, created by step artist Calena, who is currently a part of this project. It has been adapted for TrotMania (as the original PonyMania was geared to keyboard players and thus flow had to be recalibrated, and had certain elements partial to hardcore/keyboard players like 3+ notes, jack notes, and individual mines depending on the song) and been given new graphics.
  • BLACKGRYPH0N & Baasik make another appearance in this game, and once again it’s a remix, this time by PonyFireStone, another new face to the series! Quest appeared in the last game, Aeternum Obscurum, and this remix has more of a house vibe to it, and the charts are rather varied. The level 12 is especially wicked with the jumps!
  • Seventh Element is yet another new act to the series, getting his song Shadows into the game. Once again, this hails from a contest, though not the Battle Royale: instead this was in the Zenius-I-vanisher Simfile Shuffle, a contest in which a stepper writes charts for a song provided by another member. In this case, the stepper who’s given his approval to appear in the game is ledgam3r1279 who was given this song to step by our long-time team member InklingBear (a.k.a. fractilx). These charts are relatively straightforward in their flow, but all are guaranteed to give you a nice stamina whooping!
  • Two songs from the Pyrosentric Extra Stage system are now available for play in normal modes: these are CIDR.XXX and Flutterwonder (Shroo’s Liquid D’nB Remix). They retain the unique visuals provided to them in the mode. In addition, the regular Extra Stage from the initial release, Something in the Cookies is also available for regular play! These songs still are part of their respective systems, because there’s more where they came from…

We hope you enjoy the patch when it comes out imminently!

The show must go on!...I mean, the episode.

If you too are in the Northeast of the United States, you may have noticed how we’ve gotten such a blizzard that it feels like Christmas all over again. Well, coincidentally, we have quite the reveal for the upcoming Payload that matches that theme! That’s right, coming soon to the game is the rest of the song selection from the musical episode A Hearth’s Warming Tail. From the frolicking showtune-style track “Hearth’s Warming Eve is Here Once Again” to the villain tune “Say Goodbye to the Holiday”, the sentimental but ominous track “The Seeds of the Past” to the melancholy of “Luna’s Future”, now you can enjoy the whole story in a session (“Pinkie’s Present” was in the initial package of the game). We’ve even given you guys some help with that, as the brand new course “Comes From the Hearth” takes you through the songs in order! A five song marathon…can you last? The Payload is coming soon and there’s even more to announce in the future, so keep your eyes peeled!

TrotMania happens to be on Discord, for all your chatting needs. The PonyvilleFM Discord, to be exact. It’s the official, public channel for all your TrotMania needs. For more information, see the Chat page.

We are sort of decommissioning the IRC channel due to lack of use. It, however, will mirror messages sent in the Discord channel, and vice versa (hence, if you still want to use it to quickly communicate with the channel without necessarily firing up or signing up for Discord, you can).

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