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Parents' Guide to

Petz Horseshoe Ranch

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Horsing around is fun, but pet sim needs more fine tuning.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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The good news is that there's a lot to do in Horseshoe Ranch. Simply petting your horse changes his mood and helps you to level up. You can take your horse to an arena and engage in challenges like jumping for which you'll get a small prize upon completion. You can dress your pet in outfits, although this addition makes your horse cartoon-y. If you have something to do like homework, you can let your pal play in the pasture with one of the other horses and with one of the toys you've won. There are about a dozen breeds, including the giant Clydesdales (originally from Scotland)and these breeds can be mixed to create new breeds.

But all is not perfect at the ranch. The graphics aren't as finely tuned as in other simulations. When a horse gets too close to another horse, one horse moves along the ground as if the equine had ball bearing horseshoes. Once, one of my horses disappeared. He moved from the stable into the kitchen because he was hungry; but I didn't see him leave, nor was I alerted to his departure. Petz Horseshoe Ranch is a decent game, but it could have used a little more time in development to tweak the bugs.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: February 2, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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