What is Ultimate Chicken Horse?
Ultimate Chicken Horse (UCH) is a party platformer, where all players can build the level as it is played. Players choose from an assortment of stationary or movable platforms, hazards, and traps. If some of the players are able to make it to the end goal, but at least one dies, the players that finished score points. If all players make it to the end of the level, no points are awarded.
It started as a Kickstarter project and was successfully funded. Then it went on to be an early access title on Steam before getting a full release on PC.
About Stumpt's playing of the game
Stumpt uploads an episode every week on their channel. The first, original episode aired on May 2, 2015, where Stumpt was given a beta version of the game. Sice this time, Ultimate Chicken Horse has been released on Steam on the 4th of March, 2016.
The developer, Clever Endeavour Games is known to watch the series. Developer Kyler Kelly specifically has commented on the many episodes. In this series, all the player characters are animals. Ash plays as the horse, Price plays as the sheep (with a couple episodes playing as the chameleon), Rik plays as the raccoon, and Jas is the chicken.
How to play
- At the beginning of each episode of UCH, somebody turns on the "party mode" button. This changes the game from everybody having an individual turn, to everyone taking their turn at the same time.
- Everybody collectively decides what stage to play. The options are farm, rooftops, waterfall, windmill, old house, iceberg, pyramid, dance party, and metal plant.
- At the start of every game and turn, a box appears with a multitude of random assorted items (which items appear and which don't can be chosen in the main hub).
- After placing the item they choose, they play to see if they can reach the flag at the end of the map. They get points in a number of ways based on what they did, but no points are given if nobody or everybody (only coin points are given when everyone makes it) gets to the flag. After each round, a paper appears; it is segmented into 5 parts with vertical lines, with the players at the left and a line at the right with the word "Win" above it. For every amount of points you get, a bar next to the player extends towards the right, with segments differing in color and length depending on how you gained the points. In order to win, a player must gain an amount of points equivalent to 5 goals or higher. There are many ways to earn points
- The first player to reach a total of 5 points wins the match. In the case of a tie, the word "Tied!" and then the words "Sudden Death!" will appear. It is then a race to the goal to see who can get there first. If a player dies, they respawn at the start of the level after a few seconds.
Types of Items
- platforms (hay bales, planks, boxes, etc.) These are basic bits of ground of which work exactly like ground, but can be destroyed with bomb types. (see below) Hazards like Ice, Honey, and Barb Wire can only be placed on ground or platforms. Platforms also count as a surface as well as hazards, such as the top of a puck shooter, or the pot of the flower traps.
- bomb types A bomb allows you to blow up everything that touches the area of affect the bomb has. The bomb itself must be placed in an open area. There are 3 different bombs and they are: Dynamite [only block placed on, or 1x1 area], Bomb [3x3 area], and Nuclear Bomb. [4x4 area]
- honey The only group with one object, if placed on an object side, and the object moves, then so does any blocks connected with Honey. Note that the Honey has to be placed arrow down on the object that is moving. Also slows a animal to about a quarter of their speed and lowers jump to the point where they cannot jump over a single block if their gaming career depended on it. This makes it effective for a hockey, flower, or saw rail trap.
- moving things (springs, propellers, conveyor belts, door machine, etc.) These are used commonly with the honey trap. In text, placing honey on a conveyor (a non-rotatable block that instead changes convey direction when rotated) and a crossbow on the same honey would equal the crossbow sliding long the conveyor and shooting at curves, straight areas, and odd angles alike. The propeller is similar, but can be rotated and shoves people or carries them on the flat side while the propellor can kill you if you touch it. The door is a platform for the most part, but every 1-2 second interval, the door part will open. This can be very bad if you are standing on a door above barbed wire when it opens, because the door part becomes the equivalent of open air until the interval closes the door.
- hazards (flaming tennis balls, hockey pucks, flower, etc.)
- ICE is a hazard, yet a blessing. This allows the extra speed you built up keep going, making this useful for going under one grid gaps. Just dash and crouch upon reaching the ice and voila! You're in!
- BARBED WIRE is one of the least, yet most lethal trap ever. It does not need honey to stick to a surface or travel, because it always has it built in!
- Shooty (hockey puck, tennis ball machine, crossbow)
- Sciency stuff (teleporter, black hole)
Ways to get points
- Goal: reach the goal alive. [black colour]
- Trap: Kill somebody using a trap you placed; worth 0.2 points (you get as many of these as people you kill in a round). [orange colour]
- First: Of everybody who got to the flag, you were the first one there; worth 0.2 points. [green colour]
- Solo: Nobody but you made it to the flag; worth 0.6 points. [teal colour]
- Comeback: If a player doesn't receive any points for two rounds, in the points screen it says "Underdog" underneath the player in question. If the player reaches the goal while they have the Underdog title, they get rid of the title, and gets bonus points; worth 0.6 points. [purple colour]
- Coin: One of the items a player may select is a coin. The player can place it like any other item. If a player touches it, it follows them. If the player dies, the coin is dropped where they died; it can be picked up by another player. The next turn, however, it is returned to its starting position. If a player makes it to the goal with the coin, they get points and the coin leaves the map permanently. Even if everybody makes it to the flag, you still receive points from the coin; worth 0.6 points. (You get as many as the amount of coins you collected in a round.) [yellow colour]
- Postmortem: Most likely originally a glitch in the game, touch the goal after having been killed with a trap; worth 0.4 points. [darker grey colour] You do not get Postmortem points if you have already reached the goal alive and get goal points in that round.
- Stumpt invented a mode of UCH called "Ultimate Murder Horse". In this mode, they turn all the items in the platform section, so the only way through is by standing on traps and other dangerous platforms like conveyor belts, doors, and propellers.Episode 26 is the sole episode not to adhere to the rules of UCH being released on a Sunday alongside Gang Beasts; it was released on a Thursday. This is because it was a very old episode, and their were episodes of the new build recorded, so instead of having an old episode take the prime position of the week, it was simply released during the week.
- Clever Endeavor Games is known to have watched their series on UCH. Developer Kyler Kelly specifically has commented on several videos saying that they massively enjoy the series and love to see their reactions to the new updates they release. On episode 20 of the series the whole Clever Endeavor Games YouTube channel commented on their video saying "You guys are actually the best.".
- Before the modern scoring system, the scoring system was much simpler; the only way to win was to get to the goal three times; there were no other ways to gain points. This made ties relatively common (also, instead of "Tied!" it said "Ultimate [animal closest to player 1] [animal closest to player 2]!", if three people tied, it simply said "Sudden Death!") Since the update, however, ties nearly never happen.
- For anyone who is not able to get to the finish line for 2+ times in a row, they get the title of Underdog, Ash gets the Underdog title a lot so the others call them "Secretary Under[animal]".anybodyAsh, ever since the beginning of the modern scoring system in episode 20, almost always gets the the title of "Underdog". As such, the other members of Stumpt took to calling him "Underhorse" whenever he got the title of Underdog. This then evolved to "Secretary Underhorse".
List of episodes
|Episode Title||Episode Number||Episode Notes|
|Party Mode||1||First episode of the series.|
|Over and Under||5|
|The Long Game||6|
|Windmills||8||Stumpt starts playing the 0.10.3b build of UHC. The title card for the episodes are modified. The Windmill level is introduced. First use of honey and buzz saws.|
|Raccoon Sabotage||9||First use of conveyor belts and ice.|
|Beating a Dead Horse||11|
|Bidet to You||12|
|Don't Be Sheepish||13|
|Don't Panic [Steam Beta Gameplay]||14||Stumpt starts using the UHC closed Steam beta, and some single-player levels are shown. Stumpt talks about changes that have been made (pause menus, balancing and minor changes).|
|Playing With Portals||15||First use of the teleporters.|
|Leap of Faith||17|
|Hockey Season||20||Stumpt begins using a new build. First use of the hockey puck trap. First use of coin. First episode with the modern scoring system.|
|Underdog||21||First use of black hole.|
|Urban Farm Animals||22|
|Mohawks and Chameleons||25||Stumpt starts playing the newest build of UHC. The chameleon character is introduced. The levels old house and iceberg are introduced. Stumpt plays a round of the optimised creative mode. Price replaces the sheep avatar for the chameleon avatar. Character customisation is introduced. The title card is modified again to include the chamleon.|
|Too Many Portals||26||At the beggining of the episode Ash divulges some information about it; this episode was recorded roughly a month before release, and thus was not the newest build of the game. Due to their excitedness to release episodes of the newest build of the game, it was put in the backlog and was not released.|
|Crushed by Elevator||28||Stumpt encounters a game breaking glitch, forcing them to restart. Developer Kyler Kelly responded in the comments by saying that it would be fixed.|