A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about the care and nurturing of horses. Horses 3D models positive relationships and friendships, while also helping kids see the value of working together toward a common goal. There is a glossary with a range of equestrian-related terms that can also help kids understand about different breeds of horses, gear, and equestrian sports. Horses 3D doesn't push equestrian content on kids, but it makes it available for those who want to learn more.
The game encourages kids to be nurturing, to have a strong work ethic, and to work together toward a common goal. The lead character helps others and steps in when there is something to be done.
Positive Role Models
The characters in this game are generally positive and supportive, welcoming the lead character and making her feel at home. They explain new tasks with patience, thank her for a job well done, and acknowledge when she has gone above and beyond in her work.
Ease of Play
The game eases you into playing with tutorials and plenty of help. The controls are relatively straightforward and rely heavily on the 3DS circle pad and buttons.
Products & Purchases
The game provides codes to the online Imagine Town community where kids may be encouraged to purchase credits with real money or purchase a game subscription. The game also accepts codes from Imagine Town, so kids are likely to want to sign up for the online site.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Horses 3D is a simulation game where kids learn to care for and show horses. The game uses a series of tasks to create the linear storyline, but kids can also explore freely as they unlock skills and activities. There are challenges for them to complete and awards they can earn, as well. Parents need to remember that Nintendo discourages kids age six and under from viewing the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
Is It Any Good?
Horses 3D is a strong 3DS title for girls. The graphics are nice and the game is easy to pick and play. Girls who love horses will welcome the opportunity to choose and name their horse, as well as to groom and care for it. The activities are varied, but there is a lot of riding from one end of the map to the other, which can feel tedious at times. It's much more fun to compete in events and win medals. Some tasks must be completed within certain time limits and can be demanding of perfection, so players need to use patience and may need to try repeatedly. Horses 3D rewards success with new in-game outfits, however, so there is additional motivation to keep on trying. Overall, it's a fun game for horse fans, and a rewarding 3DS experience.
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