The Riding Stables at Mill Creek are mere ruins, but you are about to change that: stables, riding hall and guesthouse are being renovated and guests will happily pay for their stay. Your earnings will help you to build a new breeding stable and soon cute little foals frolic on the pasture with their moms.
User reviews: Positive (12 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 27, 2014
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About This Game

The Riding Stables at Mill Creek are mere ruins, but you are about to change that: stables, riding hall and guesthouse are being renovated and guests will happily pay for their stay. Your earnings will help you to build a new breeding stable and soon cute little foals frolic on the pasture with their moms. Later you will train them and sell them to trustworthy customers. Other horse owners bring their horses to be massaged by your knowing hands.

You also have your own horse, of course, which, if the two of you trained enough, you take to various cross country races. Let’s win the Cup and make your dream come true!

Features

  • Cross-country races on 9 challenging tracks.
  • Breeding (more than 100 possible combinations).
  • Foal training, horse massage.
  • Detailed graphics on horses, objects, landscapes and movements.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium (or similar AMD) 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct 3D compatible graphics card with 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium (or similar AMD) 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct 3D compatible graphics card with 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is a silly little game that takes itself far too seriously.

For a game that pretends to be plot-driven it has a total lack of urgency about itself which is actually kind of nice. It gives you a series of instructions to complete ‘when you feel like it’ and turns you loose. It lets you get your feet without pressuring you overmuch… but it’s also not challenging. You learn to feel for how much time your tasks take and plan around them, you learn where everything is so you don’t waste time going back and forth and back again because you forgot to do something in one area earlier. (Eventually. The map’s not very easy to read.)

The HUD’s pretty awkward to manage too. There’s a function where if you click a certain button it’ll bring up your current attributes, and if you walk near a horse it’ll show the horse’s stats. The only problem with this is that it takes up half the screen and doesn’t show anything relevant about the yard – the horse section’s pretty good, but having the human one show how much feed you had, the overall dirtiness of the stable/horses in the stable/tasks completed for the day would actually have been useful. I can think of like six ways off the top of my head that could have been implemented better.

The minigames are dull and unrealistic in terms of actual horse activities. I won’t bicker too much about them as I realise there’s a limit to coding, but there’s a hell of a lot more involved in foal training than making it walk in a circle, and I’m BORED. It’s kind of like level grinding in terms of boring and pointless. And the less said about the breeding mechanics, the better, though I suppose for a beginner it would be more than enough. It’s certainly interesting… Let’s just say the system isn’t based on genetics as I know it and leave it at that.

The controls are clunky and unintuitive, but they’re not *broken* or anything. You’ll spend about half an hour cursing out your monitor every time they introduce something new and then you’ll get the hang of it, still mumbling occasionally about how idiotic the control scheme is. I have never before wished with such fervour that a game had been made aware of the WASD system.

It doesn’t help that the game isn’t very good at explaining what it wants you to do, though, and isn’t always that good at responding even when you are using the right combination of keystrokes, though maybe that’s just my keyboard. Protip: when the game tells you how to do something, take it with a grain of salt, and experiment, because chances are it forgot to tell you how to do B and C while vaguely instructing you on how to do A.

The soundtrack is uninspired and highly repetitive but at least not catchy enough to drive me crazy. I turned the music off and played my own for background. In another case of being somewhere in the middle of the scale the graphics aren’t cutting-edge but they aren’t hideous either. I have some issues with the horse movement models they use, but again, it’s functional. There’s *some* customisation available for your avatar and horse, but not much. Coat colours and patterns are limited and use terminology that makes my head hurt with its inaccuracy, but it’s a kid’s game, so I can cope.

And frankly when I bought this that was what I wanted. A silly game that didn’t ask too much of me while still managing to be interesting enough that I could kill a few hours when I got bored with studying. This fits the bill. It’s not amazing, but it’s playable. If you’re thinking of buying it, go watch someone playing it on youtube for half an hour or so – that will pretty much tell you if it’s what you’re after or not. If I was recommending it to someone my age, i.e. an actual adult, I’d give it a 4/10, but for a kid twelve or under it’s a 6 if they're horse-crazy. It’s not great but it’ll keep them amused for a while.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
If you are looking for a well rounded horse game, then this is a *very* well rounded horse game. It covers many aspects of horse life that other games do not usually include. These aspects include, but not limited to, horse riding, horse caring (beyond just cleaning and feeding), training, working with multiple horses, breeding and selling said horses, and running a profitable stable yard (where guests can rent your horses).

It takes a realistic approach to horses where it can while keeping in perspective that it is still a game. Some of these realities are the fact that your horse does get tired if run for too long, can get stressed, and even sick if not properly taken care of.

The in-game books (used for increasing skill levels) are not limited to in-game information, but rather information on the game's aspects in general, such as actual horse care, behavior to be taken when caring for a foal, etc.

As far as the technical aspects of the game goes, there are many positives. The graphics are not as realistic as most modern games, however, what it does have is beautiful. The controls are extremely simple, even if the concepts of the game are more for children 8+. The game restricts the player to an "8 hour day" where it will auto-save at the end of said day, so no night rides.

I would recommend this game for children 8+ and can go as high as teens to twenties. Definitely a fun, well rounded game for children and adults of all ages.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I bought this game for my Fiancee who is a real life equestrian and I wanted to get her something for rainy days. She started playing and I was amazed at how excited and happy this game was making her, so I purchased it for myself too. I am usually the kind of guy who plays RPG's and Resident Evil like horror games and so this is really not the kind of game I would usually go for. After 10 minutes of playing though, I was hooked!

This is a wonderful game that touches on many aspects of owning a horse in real life, and most of all it relies on teaching you how to manage your time. The horses are animated beautifully, and in my honest opinion the horse models are much better than much recent and bigger budget games like The Elder Scrolls Online, or Lord of the Rings Online. Some of the mini games are very fun to play too, like cleaning the horses hooves or hosing them down. I have found myself addicted to this game in a very short amount of time!

I would recommend this game to anyone who has a passing interest in horses, and also to anyone who just simply enjoys simulator style games as the main story mode has you rebuilding your business by training and selling horses.

Considering I had never previously heard of this game, nor even the company who made it, I honestly believe that this game deserves a 10/10 for playability and value for money.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This game is Great! Fast Paced, Many selections of Horses!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
absolutely love this game it is defintiely the best horse game I have ever played and yet its so cheap it is definitely worth the small price
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I love this game. Its such a good game if you like horse related things.
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8 of 20 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
this game showed me how to live with a horse but now i have cancer 11/10
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25 of 43 people (58%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Gifted to me as a gag gift but the joke is on him because I love it. Actually it is not really my style but a free game is a free game. 10/10 GOTY
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21 of 73 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Dear god help. My friends gifted me this game. It won't go away. It won't stop. I CAN'T. G- GOODBYE HOOOORRRRSSSSSSEEESSS, I'M FLYING OVER YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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