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My Horse Club: On the Trail of the Mysterious Appaloosa review: My Horse Club: On the Trail of the Mysterious Appaloosa

There are loads of horses to ride and make friends with, but the difficult gameplay will challenge young players which runs the risk of becoming frustrating too early in the piece.

Joseph Hanlon Special to CNET News
Joe capitalises on a life-long love of blinking lights and upbeat MIDI soundtracks covering the latest developments in smartphones and tablet computers. When not ruining his eyesight staring at small screens, Joe ruins his eyesight playing video games and watching movies.
Katie King
Joseph Hanlon
2 min read

On paper, this Horse Club title sounds like a real winner. Over 30 breeds of horses to ride, with international locations including Canada, Morocco, Spain and the wild west of America. It also seems like there is a lot to do with all these horses in all these exotic locales, such as training, show jumping contests and rodeo-style riding challenges. But do these ingredients add up to a worthwhile gaming experience?

5.5

My Horse Club: On the Trail of the Mysterious Appaloosa

The Good

Extensive range of horses to ride. Various international locations to play in. Multiple game modes and challenges.

The Bad

Difficulty curve is too steep. Uninteresting game presentation.

The Bottom Line

There are loads of horses to ride and make friends with, but the difficult gameplay will challenge young players which runs the risk of becoming frustrating too early in the piece.

As with our review of Groovy Chick My Fashion World, we've enlisted the invaluable experience of Katie King, a nine-year-old Sydneysider with a love of video games who hopes one day to be a journalist. As you can see from her impressions of the game below, she has a bright future ahead of her.

I found this game hard and not very fun to play. The first thing I noticed was the graphics and how they were presented, which did not appeal to me. Also, the first few levels were harder than I thought was necessary.


This game needs a lot of improvements and I hope if I play another version it will impress me more.

A game that doesn't scale the difficulty level can impede players building the skills necessary to complete the various puzzles. In Katie's opinion it seems My Horse Club was so difficult that she lost interest very early in the story mode. We also agree with her impressions about the game's graphics; the exotic locations looked drab and lifeless with a colour palette of dull browns and greens.

Overall

The ability to ride a variety of breeds and the chance to befriend the horses may appeal to ardent horse-riding fanatics, but the difficult gameplay will challenge young players which runs the risk of becoming frustrating too early in the piece.