Misses the point...
I was looking for a game to replace Equestriad, which is no longer supported. This game is NOT it.
When I play horseback riding game, I want to be able to enjoy the illusion that I am on the horse and doing the showjumping, cross country, etc. This game does not have that at all. Guiding the horse with the arrow keys is awful and requires constant correction. The up arrow key is for forward motion, faster speed, AND leaning forward when jumping-all at the same time. You are supposed to use the up and down arrows to lean forward when jumping, then lean back when landing...all while hitting the correct spot to jump. If I am doing all those things I am not watching or enjoying the game at all.
And dressage is even worse. In order to *change gaits* a series of arrows drops over the screen and you are supposed to click your arrow keys at the same time these are constantly scrolling down. It's kind of like playing Tetris. You can barely see the horse at all because the screen is taken up with the silly arrows!
And unlike Equestriad if you go over the time allotted in each event the nasty trainer makes you start over.
This game totally misses the point of a horseback riding game. I played about 45 minutes of the demo and gave up. Glad I did not buy it!
February 10, 2012
no fun, not realistic
Any sort of computer slowing prevents you from 'correctly' performing the lessons, which keeps you from advancing. Doesn't give even the remotest feeling of actually riding or controlling a horse.
November 13, 2011
Great Graphics Do Not Make a Good Game.
The graphics in this game are amazing. The overall gameplay, however, is rather lackluster in my opinion. The game is too challenging, and is frustrating because there is simply no way of making it easier for people who aren't particularly good the incredible amounts of coordination needed. I wanted a nice horse riding game to just relax--and this isn't it! I only wish they could come out with similiar graphics and easier play (Planet Horse with better graphics and more options). What a disappointment.
April 14, 2013
Game Controls Are Too Hard!
I own another horse game, which I cannot mention here, but it's challenging and the controls are easy. I thought I'd try this game and the controls are horrible. You have to manage to keep your balance, jump, steer, control speed, and watch horses exhaustion all at the same time! To me, that's just far too much multi-tasking and killed the game. The graphics are top notch, which is why I really wanted to like this game. However, I just find it's too difficult to control. The training takes forever and leveling up your horses motivation/trust/speed, etc. also takes forever. Especially if you are as bad at the controls as I am. You also cannot design your own horse, like some games, or your character. I am an adult player who enjoys horse games, but I cannot recommend this one. I wish BGF carried some of the other, older, horse sim games which are hard to find. This game had great potential too.
February 25, 2013