Horsez: Secrets of the ranch is a PC game about a girl called Emma and her riding passion. As you play trough the game, the seasons change. The game starts in August, when you can already see the signs of autum. In the winter the snow covers the ground and in spring, the land is green and just sprung! The game truly has amazing graphics!
You can also walk trough the countryside, by dismounting your horse. You can visit areas where you can't go horseback! In exploring or riding around the countryside there is a major advantage - a full-time map, which allows the player to teleport to any previously visited location. (Except during timed quests). However, this is severely limited by a frustrating time-limited day. Anything you do, teleporting included, takes up time out of your day, which has a forced ending (at 4AM, though any useful activity such as training and horse care end at 8PM).
This wouldn't prove difficult if the time used wasn't so severe - taking care of your horse can take the better part of an entire day, getting from village to stud farm can take three hours. If this frustrating system were kept it needs to be adjusted so players have more time in a day - or better yet, returned to the schedule-based Golden Stirrup setup where though each day was limited to four activities, you could take all the time you needed to, and within a week there was plenty of time to accomplish what you needed to. Not the instance here, where fitting in enough training to even enter competitions is impossible.
The breeding center is a great addition however. Foals can be bred from parents of the player's choice, giving them different characteristics. I did find the breed and colour selection very limited though, a few more options there would have been excellent. Another slight problem I experienced was that in order to be able to praticipate in competitions you had to purchase a new horse outright at least twice. It would have been nice to keep the same horse throughout, which could have been easily achievable by allowing more time in each day, so the player could train a favourite horse from scratch.
SPECIFICATION OF HORSEZ 2: SECRETS OF THE RANCH
- System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP, Vista
- CPU: 1.2 GHz or Equivalent
- RAM: 512 MB
- HDD: 6 GB
- DirectX: 9.0c or higher
- Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
- Video Card: 64 MB, GeForce 4 upto GeForce 8 series, ATI X600 to X1900 series
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