My Horse Stories – Horse Sim Game Review

So yesterday I reviewed 2 horse racing games, Horse Haven, and Rival Stars Racing.

Today I am sharing yet another Horse Simulation game – this time it is a mobile game called My Horse Stories. I am not very far yet into this one. I just started playing it late last night. I haven’t even bred my own horse yet, just still using the first horse I purchased at the market.

I might not have all the right information to give a super accurate review, but I just want to give like an early impression review.

My favorite thing about My Horse Stories is well it actually has a story. It is a little bit of a visual novel – a little – although I think it just gives the illusion of choice and not actual meaningful choice – it’s still a nice touch.

The story is pretty good – totally bringing back Wildfire feels! I just purchased Wildfire on DVD – it was an old TV series from the 90s/early2ks about a “bad girl” who avoids jail time by instead agreeing to help out on a horse ranch. There on the horse ranch she finds love, friendship, family, and a love of horses and a love of riding.

I’m thinking the creators of My Horse Stories are definitely Wildfire fans too! Because the story is super similar! If you’re a 90s/early2ks kid like me, and loved Wildfire, then you’ll enjoy My Horse Stories too! The stories are almost identical really.

Ok enough about the story – the gameplay is quite similar to Horse Haven so far. You do hurdle jumping but unlike Horse Haven, which is 2D, My Horse Stories is 3D so it’s a bit more challenging than Horse Haven.

I can’t speak about breeding because I haven’t gotten far enough yet, so I dunno if it has a genetics system like Rival Stars Racing or if its more like Horse Haven, where x parent and y parent can result in a b or c foal.

And when it comes to graphics, My Horse Stories is very similar to Horse Haven. Very cutesy/cartoony. I haven’t seen fantasy races or colors yet, but like I said I just started playing.

You can dressup your jockey and your horse, and the horses come in various colors and have varying stats which help in the races and dressage shows.

You can also help rebuild the fallen farm by using money from your winnings to help construct or upgrade new buildings on the farm. Unlike Horse Haven there doesn’t seem to be much freedom in how to layout or design your farm. Every building in My Horse Stories seems to have its own space already reserved where it will automatically be built

Many features do not unlock until higher level so I cannot comment on other features but it does seem to offer a lot of ways to train, dress, race, feed, groom, and care for your horse.

Overall: 50/70 72% C- “Good Game For Girls”

Geeky: 3/5 – Slightly more advanced controls and gameplay due to the 3D elements. Lacks the freedom to build your farm the way you want/place buildings on a grid, etc.

Sweetie: 5/5 – Great Story – If you’ve ever watched Wildfire this is like playing a Wildfire visual novel. The horses are cute and cartoony and the human characters are much cuter than the humans in Horse Haven.

Gameplay: 7/10 – This gameplay feels similar so far to Horse Haven – I’m thinking the breeding will be similar to it too. I gave it highish marks here because it adds a 3D element making gameplay much more challenging than the 2D side scrolling of Horse Haven. It also adds in a visual novel component which is nice. But it can’t receive full marks because it loses the farm building creativity/freedom aspects without a grid like system to allow you to decorate and create the farm to your likes.

Story: 8/10 – Actually pretty good story – very similar to Wildfire – and out of the 3 Horse Games I’ve played this week – this by far has the best story. But I mean out of all my games I play – this still wouldn’t be my first choice for a deep story – but it’s fun – it’s a romance/drama about a bad girl teen who learns a tough lesson by having to move to a farm. She has a mother who passed away and a father who has little presence in her life. She struggles to adjust to life on the farm. She comes to care about the people on the farm and finds a love of horses and for racing. She falls in love, and there’s a lot of teenage angst/drama – like Wildfire. – I keep saying that but it’s true lol.

Characters: 8/10 – again see above about the story – same thing, basically Wildfire cute/paste – not super original – but makes for a fun romance drama with some interesting characters. The characters do have dreams/hopes/fears/emotions and feel real – I like this aspect of the game. None of the other Horse games are doing this right now – they should sit up and take notice!

Graphics: 7/10 – Not the best graphics – but my preference is for cartoon graphics like this – and the actual races are in 3D making things fun and challenging. I think the horses and characters are well drawn. I am enjoying it.

Music: 7/10 – I’m not gonna say its the best music I’ve ever heard in a video game, but it is darn catchy – I like both the ranch theme and the race music, although the race music fades to audience cheering – and the cheers intensify as you complete more successful jumps, the audience really gets pumped up! lol. You also hear a lot of nature sound effects back on the ranch. The music does get repetitive but out of the 3 horse games so far, I prefer this one’s music the most.

Replay Value: 5/10 – I’m not sure yet – I can’t accurately judge this yet because I’m not far enough into the game, so I give it a middle of the road score for now until I see more. I think once you play through the story, it may lose a great deal of its appeal. But that’s just speculation at this point.

Overall: 50/70 72% C- “Good Game For Girls”

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Rival Stars Racing Mobile Game Review

I just finished my review of another game, Horse Haven, which you can read here.

Rival Stars Racing is another similar, yet different, horse breeding, raising, and racing game. I just also learned that it is soon coming to Mac and PC so if you’re the type who doesn’t enjoy mobile games, you might be interested in the PC version with enhanced graphics and additional features.

What makes Rival Stars Racing so great? The first thing that really stands out is the genetic system, allowing for stats and colors/markings to be passed down from parents to foals.

Another thing that makes Rival Stars Racing unique is the random name generator. You can also rename your horses, but if you use the random name generator you can hear your horse’s name being called by the race announcer, adding an element of realism and surprise.

The names are quite funny too in some cases. I always just let the random generator do its thing. I just started playing the game yesterday so I’m still pretty new to the whole thing but loving it so far.

I mentioned in my Horse Haven review, that I used to play games like Pony Island, which was like neopets but with real genetics. Another example is Wajas. These breeding games, and Tamagotchi – especially the new Tamagotchi, have all these “genetic” systems, which lets you create a pet that’s pretty unique, from thousands, or even millions of possible combinations.

That is a huge plus to me, and big draw into this game. When compared to Horse Haven, where breeding X with Y will always result in one of 3 or 4 exactly same looking horses, with maybe 1-2 alternate colorations, but in Rival Stars Racing the possibilities are almost endless!

I’m very into this game right now! The gameplay is a bit more challenging than Horse Haven. The racing mechanisms are more dependent on skill and not just on luck or your horses stats (although stats definitely help too.)

While racing your horse, you can choose to take the inside or outside track, and choose to run in front, mid, or back of the pack, and your horse will have preferences for his preferred position, and the type of surface, firm, or soft, etc that he will perform better upon. When racing in his preferred position his Sprint gauge will power up. Then in the final stretch, you can hold the sprint button to charge ahead of the pack.

You can also customize your horse at higher levels with new saddles, blankets, etc. You even get to customize your jockey from many different styles and colors.

Overall: 65/80 81% B- “Very Good Game For Girls”

Geeky: 5/5 – The more challenging gameplay, ultra-realistic graphics, voice acting and full genetics system make this a game with a lot of meat for a free mobile game.

Sweetie: 4/5 – No fantasy breeds, and no cartoon graphics here – but the horse breeding element rocks. It also has a deeper story than Horse Haven.

Gameplay: 10/10 – I mentioned above the benefits of this game’s gameplay, but the biggest highlights are the genetics system and the more complex racing mechanics.

Story: 5/10 – mm, well there’s more story here than Horse Haven for sure, you’re following in your deceased father’s footsteps who was also a famous jockey… The NPCs constantly reference about your father’s legacy, and there is a prologue in the beginning about this… but overall of course, games like this are still pretty light overall with story. Much better though than Horse Haven here.

Characters: 6/10 – I like the diversity here, black, asian, females, males, etc. And like I said it feels like they are part of the story, and the ultra realism, makes them seem more real… But overall the characters and story are still pretty weak.

Graphics: 10/10 – Really nice graphics – ultra realistic – it’s not my preferred style – but I gotta say it looks nice. And the genetics system lets you create millions of ultra unique one of a kind looking horses.

Music: 5/10 – Average – sometimes at times, annoying – but there are some good tracks, especially back on the farm, some nice peaceful tranquil relaxing songs

Voice Acting: 10/10 – ok the voice acting isn’t amazing or great – but it is so much fun to hear the announcer pronouncing all the goofy randomly generated horse names and it’s exciting especially when you hear your own horse’s name being called especially that you’ve taken the lead 🙂

Replay Value: 10/10 – the genetics system makes it so that you’ll never breed the same horse twice. There’s also live events and special events to keep you coming back each day.

Overall: 65/80 81% B- “Very Good Game For Girls”

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Horse Haven Mobile Game Review

I recently discovered Horse Haven, a mobile horse breeding, horse racing, horse dress-up game. As a lover of My Little Pony back in the 80s and 90s (I never got into Friendship is Magic, I didn’t like the new style of artwork or the new style of the toys, that’s just me.), I immediately was drawn to Horse Haven when I saw the ads featuring fantasy cartoon looking horses.

The gameplay is simplistic, as most mobile games. You build up various farms by placing new buildings, upgrading buildings, and then breeding and raising, and racing and showing horses in events like steeple chase or dressage.

The simulation elements of getting to design your own farms, following a very light story/with a few characters here or there, and the excitement of trying to breed rare breeds or score high points in the races and dressage shows, makes the game a great escape.

I also discovered Rival Stars Racing and another horse game (whose name I don’t remember at the moment). I’m preparing a review for Rival Stars Racing next.

Rival Stars Racing has better gameplay and a deeper story than Horse Haven, but Horse Haven has the fantasy horses and the cute cartoon graphics. Rival Stars Racing does have better/more diverse horses as it’s completely randomly generated. Rival Stars Racing reminds me a bit of Pony Island back in the day. Anyone else ever play that game? I was addicted to it in the early 2000s. It was a neopets type of website with My Little Pony inspired artwork, and all the breeds like sea ponies, pegasus, unicorn….

Horse Haven in a way reminds me of Pony Island, because of the fantasy races/colors… But it lacks the best part of Pony Island… the randomly generated “genetics” system… Other popular web games in this time had this feature too – anyone remember Wajas? – Rival Stars Racing also has this “genetics” feature 🙂 Overall Rival Stars Racing is the better game out of the two I’ve played so far when compared to Horse Haven. But Horse Haven is cuter and more fantasy based, so there’s room for both games!

Breeding in Horse Haven works differently. You spin a wheel and have a chance to create one of 3-4 different breeds by breeding X breed with Y breed. The worst thing about the breeding is the RARE horses/Cash/Event horses can only breed with the exact same other horse, making them USELESS for breeding with any of your other horses. This part kinda angers me since I purchased the summer horse… but it is a pretty horse… But I would like it to be able to breed with other horses still… sigh.

Horse Haven is currently celebrating its 5th year anniversary. While I think Rival Stars Racing is a newer game. Horse Haven does not have voice acting, but does have some nice happy cute music.

The gameplay in Horse Haven is more simplistic and easy for younger gamers or gamers who don’t like overly complicated gameplay. The horses run themselves and you only need to tap to jump over the hurdles. It also has other things to do besides just racing.

I love the dressage shows. You can teach your horse different moves like cantering or flying charge. Different breeds can sometimes have different moves specific to that breed.

It does teach you a lot about how to care for a horse too! You can muck out the stalls, lay fresh hay, feed the horses, groom the horses, etc.

Overall if you love building sims, horses, or my little pony, you will love Horse Haven.

Overall: 68/90 76% C “Good Game For Girls”

Geeky: 2/5 – Simplistic Gameplay but some unique features I have not seen in other Horse games such as Dressage and teaching your horse different moves, etc.

Sweetie: 5/5 – This game as I mentioned, totally reminds me of My Little Pony with its fantasy breeds and colorful cartoony art. I definitely prefer this style over the ultra-realistic style.

Gameplay: 10/10 – As mentioned, the gameplay although simplistic, offers a huge variety of things to do, from dressage to steeple chase to designing your farm, to dressing up the horses, competing in events, and much more.

Story: 2/10 – Not much of a story, you inherit a rundown farm from your aunt, your cousin helps you get started and interacts as an NPC. I don’t feel very involved in the story or with any of the characters.

Characters: 2/10 – The human characters aren’t drawn very cutely, and have almost no personality, and in fact a few of them are quite annoying.

Graphics: 10/10 – very cute and colorful horses with a lot of different breeds and fantasy elements.

Music: 5/10 – Just kinda average.

Voice Acting: None Not Applicable.

Replay Value: 10/10 – There are constantly new events and limited seasonal horses being released. This keeps players coming back.

Cuteness: 10/10 – My Little Pony 80s-90s memories come flooding back.

Retroness: 10/10 – Things that are Retro or from my Childhood the 80s/90s Makes me happy :).

I added these last two to pad the score a bit to better reflect my enjoyment and why I have enjoyed the game 🙂

Overall: 68/90 76% C “Good Game For Girls”

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