I was given the opportunity to review a new game on Facebook called Horse Haven. Ubisoft, the creator of many popular video games today, has created this interactive horse game for Facebook. If you like horse and always wanted to tend to them, but never really wanted to get your hands dirty doing it, then this is the game for you.
You start out the game inheriting the rundown horse ranch from an old family member. You have to show the country folk that you have what it takes to make it as a horse rancher. So you start cleaning up the ranch, tending to the horses, and building what is needed to train your horses to win races. And eventually your horse will be ready to go on to compete against other horses.
With just the click of your mouse you can pet, clean, hoof, feed, water, and give your horse a snack to make him happy. Once you have a happy horse he is ready for action. That might mean training, that might mean racing, and that might mean breeding your horse. But for all of it you need money and energy. Money is easiest made with plenty of composts and eventually adding some guest houses. Energy replenishes over time and when you complete certain tasks or help your neighbors. The more of your Facebook friends you can get to play Horse Haven then better. Because you can only help your friends once a day and you will also need plenty of friends to help you by staffing your guest house and your bakery and herb garden.
My Thoughts On The Game
I was an avid player of Farmville in it’s hay day so when I saw this game I thought oh that should be fun sounds a lot like Farmville. It wasn’t quite what I expected though. In all honesty I have found it to be very boring and very difficult to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.
You are given 10,000 horse bucks to start the game. But all of the things you need to purchase cost you at least 300 horse bucks. It’s much more for the buildings. I went through the 10,000 horse bucks very quickly. I could earn a few horse bucks every time I did something with my horse, but it wasn’t much. The compost was supposed to be the best way to earn horse bucks. Every 15 minutes you can get 100 horse bucks there. Which is why building a lot of those quickly is a good idea. But if you aren’t around to collect every 15 minutes, then you aren’t earning your potential.
Then there are all sorts of quests you are supposed to complete in order to earn experience points (which level you up and open up more things to you), but the rewards are only a fraction of what you have to spend to complete them. For example, right now I am supposed to build 4 medium hay stacks. Each hay stack costs 1500 horse bucks. My reward will be 360 horse bucks when I complete it and 10 experience points. I have to spend 6000 horse bucks to get 360 in return and 10 experience points.
Unless you are actually willing to spend your own real life money, then it’s going to take a really long time and a lot of work to complete everything. Neighbors help. I have managed to get 4 of my Facebook friends to start playing this game, but they aren’t too interested in it. And if they aren’t putting forth the effort to help you, then it’s not too much help.
Game Load Issues
Being a new game it is still in beta and there are a lot of kinks to the loading of the game. I have gone to play many times and was unable to get on. It happens at least once a day where I can’t get onto it and it can stay down for an hour or more sometimes.
All in all I found the game to be boring because I had to sit and wait a lot. Sit and wait to load. Sit and wait to earn enough money to do the things I needed to do to improve my game. Sit and wait to have my energy restored. Just a lot of waiting. Farmville didn’t work like that. You could earn back what you spent much easier and much faster.
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