A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The goal is to learn about caring for horses, but the online community can be bullyish and spoil the fun of playing the interactive game.
Violence & Scariness
The filter won't block out mean and mature things such as how you want to kill someone or how someone overdosed on drugs. Horses can be abused, slaughtered, or starved to death in the game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In Horseland World, the filter won't let you spell out sexual stuff, but there are ways around it.
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Profanity isn't allowed, but creative posters can alter word spellings to sneak in something.
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Products & Purchases
Includes connections to the Horseland cartoon series and links to merchandise. You can buy items for your horse with points you earn. There's also a premium class of play that costs $29.90 per year. Premium players get more privileges than the free players.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are two separate games offered in this site, both based on the cartoon series: Horseland Jr. for kids who are 6 to 12, and Horseland World for teens. Both sites are about owning, training, and caring for horses within a virtual community. The simplified Horseland Jr. will probably be most engaging to kids under 8 years old as graphics are simple and activities are very easy and safe. Horseland World is for a more mature audience. Teen players need to be on their toes to keep clear of hostile community members in the limited and very hard-to-read chat rooms. There's a filter, but you can post bad things if you're a creative speller, and the filter doesn't edit out any grown-up talk about sexual assault or taking drugs. There's also talk of horses in the game being slaughtered or abused. It's free to play as a basic player, but $30 a year gets you more options. Ads pop up a lot in the chat rooms and there's a link to buy Horseland products.
Is It Any Good?
You can't play without interacting with members of the online community, and the chat rooms can be friendly and fun, but they can also be full of hate, violent, or sexual talk -- that have nothing to do with horses.
Horseland Jr. activities will be very exciting to the younger set, but they become limiting once the most challenging jumps are mastered. And the daily care can become problematic for parents who prefer that kids only use the computer on occasion. In Horseland World, players must buy a horse and find a place to board it; already there's a feeling of hostility, as existing members write that they won't sell to "noobs" (those new to the game). Finding a stable can also be a challenge, with stable owners (premium members) advising "noobs" to stay away or saying that a horse won't be fed. The horses that are valued have higher lineage, better training, and trophies from shows. All of this takes money, which can be made by training others, selling horses, or other legit means -- but beware of show trainers who steal horses, stable owners who over-charge, and hackers who will take money. Is the goal of this game to learn more about the responsibilities of horse rearing, or to be superior in the show arena, own more horses than others, and control stables?
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