My Horse is a free-to-download game by Natural Motion, available on Google Play, Apple Store, and Amazon. My experience is from playing it on my Android device, but my husband’s experience on Kindle has been no different.
This game would appeal to any horse-crazed kid or adult looking for a fun horse game to play. As a horse lover, I am pretty particular and critical of any horse game I play. This one pleasantly surprised me with some of its realistic elements.
New players begin the game by selecting a player name, or using a random-generated name assigned to them. Each player starts with their own free horse, a bay Quarter named “Beauty” by default. Player names and horse names are changeable at any time. Players can connect with others by inviting someone by their username, or adding players suggested by the game. Friends can exchange gifts, and visit one another’s horses to help them out.
An in-game camera is available for players to take photos of their horse. The photos can also be shared via social networking sites.
Like most games, players have an energy bar that is depleted by activities, but refills over time. Horses have a health and happiness bar, both of which can be raised by certain tasks and activities, but also decline over time. Feed and treats can refill both health and happiness, and are purchasable with the two types of currency in the game: coins and gems. Coins are accumulated through tasks and activities, or in gifts that friends send one another. Gems are a special currency earned through more rare tasks. Both coins and gems can be purchased with real money.
Players earn can earn experience points and increase their levels by performing various activities and tasks. A limited amount of activities and tasks are available initially, but more will become available as players increase their level. A player can pet and groom their horse, give the horse treats and feed, clean its stall and paddock, and train for competitions. All of these activities increase the horse’s health and happiness, and grant experience.
Competitions give players a chance to learn larger amounts of experience and coin prizes. A player must first prepare for each competition by completing the required training. After training is completed, the competition is opened for entry. Training and competition activities are the same, and consist of jumping, trotting over poles, or weaving around barrels and cones. When the horse moves toward an obstacle, a line moves across a multi-colored bar at the bottom of the screen–which reduces in size as the competition difficulty increases. The player must tap a button when the line reaches the middle (green section) for the best performance. Each color block in the bar represents performance levels: perfect, excellent, good, not bad, too late, too soon. Each performance level is worth a certain amount of points, and the cumulative total of performance points determines how well a player places at a competition. Winning first place at a competition gives a player the biggest available prize of experience and coins, as well as a gift or medal (and 12 medals gets you a free horse), and three stars.
The in-game store has a variety of items that provide players with customization options for both horse and rider, and allows different looks between training and competition. Some items give varying numerical boosts to “presentation” which is a bonus that helps in competition. The greater the boost, the more expensive an item is. Tack is available in sets or individual items, consisting of: bridle, reins, saddle, saddle blanket, and stirrups. Additional horse items are available, such as hats or ear nets, boots, and blankets to wear in the stable. Unique mane and tail styles are also available, but at a much higher cost. Casual and competition riding attire can also be purchased to change the look of the rider.
Extra horses can also be purchased with a large amount of coins or varying amounts of gems. Horses come in different colors and breeds, and some have higher maximum amounts of energy, health, and happiness. The best “horses” are actually unicorns that are available in varying colors, but have a hefty purchase price. Players can purchase several horses, but the energy is shared between them, so having a larger herd won’t allow a player to actually play more.
The game is pretty fun to play at first, and has pretty realistic graphics. It is a great way to pass the time while playing a different kind of game–since there aren’t that many horse games out there. Tasks have different durations so players can choose how much time they actually want to invest into the game.
It does have its drawbacks. The largest drawback for a long-term player is that there aren’t enough competitions. Currently, a player can only compete in the Canadian and American circuits, and accumulate a total of 90 stars. This is a feat that can be reached by level 40, even though many players still stick around to amass hundreds of levels. Another issue is the advertisements that pop up during gameplay–sometimes in the middle of competition–which can be a great source of annoyance. The only away to remove the advertisements is by purchasing gems.
If you’re looking for a different type of game to try, then you’ll have a lot of fun with My Horse. But if you’re a daily player looking for a long-term game, you’ll be disappointed when you essentially beat the game in a month.