What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D is a horse simulation for the Nintendo 3DS that can be purchased or downloaded through the Nintendo eShop. The game is kid-friendly with some mild comic mischief: Horses pass gas if they're fed too many snacks. Nintendo discourages kids under age 6 from viewing 3-D graphics due to possible vision damage, and parents can toggle the 3-D off in the system's parental controls.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- achieving goals
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
This will appeal to preteen girls by letting them customize horses and stables and unlock new items, but the repetitive nature of the small collection of tasks might not hold players' attention.
A hands-on approach makes kids responsible for grooming, feeding, and training. Tasks level up and get more difficult, but there's not a lot of depth to the experience.
Kids receive brief instructions for each task, but these can be a bit vague. Thankfully, players are free to attempt a task as many times as they need to without penalty to achieve a passing grade.
What's it about?
In LET'S RIDE: BEST IN BREED 3D, players care for various horses at the stable through feeding and grooming, obedience training, preparing for show-jumping competitions, and improving a horse's temperament by petting it. Players also can raise their own foals into adulthood, choosing from one of 26 breeds and customizing its appearance. They gradually unlock new equipment such as better harnesses, brushes, and food and can customize the appearance of the stable.
Is it any good?
Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D is very similar to My Riding Stables 3D: Jumping for the Team, right down to identical mini-games and familiar graphics, but it's missing the excitement of competing in tournaments. It also lacks any sort of story whatsoever. Instead, players simply complete a series of one-off requests from various clients, such as bottle-feeding a hungry foal, training a horse at lunging four times, and improving a horse's happiness. Players do "level up" their horses and earn new equipment and unlockables for their efforts, but tournaments or an intriguing story line might have provided additional motivation for kids to keep playing. This is a fun game for younger horse fans, but its scope isn't overly ambitious.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for any animal and why getting a pet can be a long-term commitment.
Talk about whether you would enjoy caring for horses in real life or whether you would prefer a different type of pet.