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Horses 3D

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Fun sim game lets girls care for and train their own horse.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

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?

QUALITY

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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Subjects:Hobbies: pets, sports
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals
Communication: friendship building
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:March 27, 2012
Genre:Simulation
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
ESRB rating:E

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Teen, 17 years old Written byGamer2000horses February 20, 2013

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Is the type of game were you get to take care and ride horses. There are 15+ horses to choose from. You get to name your horse and compete in 4 types of competitive shows from stunt tricks, show, jumping, cross country, and trail! Or you could take it easy and play fun mini games and just ride freestyle! I would recommend it for ages 8+! It's easy and fun to play! Sincerely, Game reviewer
Parent of a 6 year old Written byellamc June 9, 2012

too complicated to enjoy

WOW, trying to figure out how to "unlock" scenes to move forward is impossible. This comes with no directions and internet searches on how to play, yield nothing. This game was basically unusable by us due to the complexity of the game. My 7 year old quickly tired of the game.
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