The Best Horse-Related Games

Posted on 11th August 2021

When you love horses, there’s no getting away from them. Your equine friends are on your mind from the second you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Much of your free time is spent at the stables, taking care of your horse, riding your horse, and even just admiring it.

It’s likely you also have horse-themed clothes or ornaments, perhaps a plush horse or two, and maybe some paintings or photographs of horses on your walls. If you’re also a fan of gaming, then you might even play some of these horse-themed games.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is one of Rockstar Games’ most successful titles and has a concept that’s similar to the Grand Theft Auto series, providing players with the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want.

It has been described by some as “GTA on horseback” thanks to the similarities between the two.

While you may not necessarily appreciate the lawlessness that is a big part of the game, Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Red Dead Online have some of the most detailed horse content ever included in a video game.

There is a huge variety of breeds, and Rockstar has managed to capture how each horse has its own personality.

It’s not just about riding them either, bonding with your horse is a big part of the game, and is pretty realistic compared to the relationship you would have in real life. This is all backed up with incredible graphics and some great motion-capture work that really shows off how majestic horses can be when they move about.

H.O.R.S.E Poker

Poker is one of the most popular card games played today. It’s a test of skill that requires players to make the best hand they can from their cards while reading their opponents’ body language and making strategic decisions on whether to raise, call or fold.

While the game is usually referred to as just “poker” there are actually dozens of different variants, each with their own rules. Most professional players usually focus on one or a couple of variants, though some like the extra challenge that comes from playing H.O.R.S.E. This isn’t a single variant, but a combination of five of the most common ones that are played one after the other.

Although it’s called horse, the game has little to do with our equine friends and is simply an acronym of Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, Stud, and Eight or Better.

The Sims 3 Pets

The Sims is one of the most popular life simulation games ever made. Several generations of players have now enjoyed the fun of creating your own characters and then controlling every aspect of their lives.

Had The Sims been first released in 2021, it would have been a free-to-play game crammed with microtransactions. Thankfully, it wasn’t, and instead, EA (until recently) just sold big expansion packs that introduced lots of extra features.

One of the expansion packs for The Sims 3 was “Pets”. Released in 2011, it allowed you to introduce various animals to the lives of your Sims, including cats, dogs, birds, snakes and, for some reason, deer and raccoons.

The Sims 3 Pets also added a range of horses that begin as foals and grow and age over time. Your Sim would then be able to train their pet horse, with racing and jumping mechanics. When they were skilled and disciplined enough, the horses could even be entered into competitions.

Rival Stars Horse Racing

If you love horse racing, then Rival Stars Horse Racing is a good game. Available for PC and smartphones, most of the gameplay is focused on racing, though it also includes the “behind the scenes” elements of horse racing like training and breeding.

The fact that Rival Stars Horse Racing can be played on iOS and Android means you can enjoy training and racing your horses wherever you are.

The graphics aren’t up to the standard of Red Dead Redemption, but they’re still pretty decent and the developers have managed to capture the smooth and graceful movements of a galloping horse.

 

 

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