A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about different breeds of horses and horse terminology (such as foal, yearling, dressage, and lunge) and a little bit about what it takes to care for the animals. The game is sometimes unrealistic, such as when the horse rolls over onto its back like a puppy to have its belly scratched. Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D is a single-minded horse-care sim that lacks a story, well-developed characters, or the competitive aspects (such as horse-jumping) of other horse sims.
By taking care of horses, players are encouraged to be kind and responsible.
Positive Role Models
The characters are all pleasant but don't have much personality, and they're basically there to introduce new quests.
Ease of Play
The game is quite easy to play, with three levels of difficulty and increasing challenge as the horses mature. Controls involve a blend of stylus tapping and tilting the 3DS.
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.
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.
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