What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- achieving goals
- friendship building
Engagement, Approach, Support
Girls who love horses will welcome the opportunity to choose and name their horse, as well as to groom and care for it. It's also fun to compete and win medals.
While this isn't intended as a learning title, kids who are interested have plenty of opportunity to learn more about the equestrian world. The characters could use more diversity, though.
It eases you into playing with tutorials and plenty of help. There is also a glossary for kids who want to learn more.
What's it about?
HORSES 3D follows a girl as she takes on a summer job at a horse farm. Players can select and name a horse which they will care for and train throughout the game. Each game day, the girl is assigned a set of tasks to complete. These typically include patrolling the forest for injured/missing animals/people, taking guests on tours around the grounds, racing other riders, and training for/competing in events like dressage, show jumping, and vault. She'll also need to care for her horse through feeding and grooming. There is a mild romantic mystery woven into the storyline as well.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about caring for pets. What are the responsibilities that come with caring for a pet? Have you ever played any other pet simulation games?
Talk about playing a competitive sport. How much practice needs to go into being good at a sport? What does it mean to be a good sport? Can you learn about sports from playing video games?