Horses have inspired many video games. Most young girls dream of owning a horse farm. Horse-breeding games simulate breeding horses and permit girls to experience the joys of horses without their parents shelling out thousands of dollars. Horse-breeding games teach young girls about caring, managing, raising and training young equines.
Let’s Ride: Horse Adventures
“Let’s Ride: Horse Adventures” contains four games, including “Let’s Ride Horse Club: The Saddle Show Mystery,” “Let’s Ride Horse Club: Case of the Missing Knight,” “Let’s Ride: Sunshine Stables” and “Let’s Ride: Championship Dreams.” Of the four, only “Let’s Ride Sunshine Stables” features horse breeding. The player can manage and care for a farm full of horses, ride through the countryside, raise and breed horses. Rated E for everyone, this game contains unrealistic graphics geared toward young girls. PC requirements include a computer with Windows 2000 or XP, 1.2 GHz Pentium processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB DirectX® 9 compatible video card, 1.7 GB of free hard-drive space, 1024X 768 pixel monitor, DirectX® 9 compatible sound card and CD-ROM. “Let’s Ride Sunshine Stables” is available on Gameboy Advance as a single title.
My Horse Farm
“My Horse Farm” is a tycoon-style simulation game. This game simulates owning and running a small horse farm. The player raises, trains and breeds horses to accrue money to upgrade the farm. The player can ride in the countryside and customize the rider. This game requires a computer with at least a Pentium-III 500MHz processor, Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, or XP, 64MB RAM, 600MB free hard-disk space, 32MB graphic card, DirectX-7 or higher, CD-ROM, Soundblaster-compatible soundcard with DirectX support, mouse, and speakers or headphones. The sequel is “My Horse Farm: Welcome to Trotterville.”
Howrse is an online horse breeding game. To play, you must register. During the registration process, the player chooses between horse and pony, the sex, color, breed and name of the horse. In the next step, you select a username and password. The games start with the newly born foal, which the player designed in the sign up process. A little monkey directs the player on quests to feed, water and age the horse. As the horse grows, the player makes decisions about the horse’s care, such as how much to feed and where to board the horse. When the horse reaches 2 years old, the player trains the horse and prepares it for competitions in either the Western or English variety. As the game progresses, the player can upgrade her horse’s skills by buying items in the shop or black market. When the horse ages enough, the player can breed her horse and enlarge her stables. The game and its graphics are suitable for both adults and children.
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