Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D

Common Sense Media says

Simple horse sim good for younger fans.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor safety concerns. Players can interact with each other's horses and hold beauty contests via the 3DS's StreetPass feature, so kids should not use their real names.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • empathy

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:September 26, 2013
Genre:Simulation
Topics:Horses and farm animals
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS)

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