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Horse Life - Nintendo DS

by D3 Publisher
Nintendo DS
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews) 68 / 100

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  • Select the horse of your dreams from three breeds and give your new foal a name
  • Learn the basics of riding, jumping and caring for your horse
  • Compete in events like cross country, dressage and jumping
  • Earn money to spend at the store and purchase riding outfits, equipment, or special treats for your horse
  • Earn prestige awards to unlock in-game bonuses, including a new horse breed

Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000W08A0K
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,449 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

An original game exclusively for the Nintendo DS, Horse Life takes the handheld virtual pet category to the next level in 3D Graphics. Given to you by your grandfather, a former grand champion himself, you must keep your horse happy and fit by feeding him, cleaning his stall and riding him. Best yet, you will put your training to the test by participating in national and international competitions to earn prestige and money to become a great champion.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Life Is Awsome! August 14, 2008
A Kid's Review
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
In the beggining of the game, you get to choose a breed. Then the mare has a foal, and the foal is your horse. Then you name your horse, and the game goes to "Two Years Later." Then your guide, who looks a little weird, helps you train your horse and enter it in contests. The things you teach your horse are pretty easy. There are four types of contests, and five levels. Every time you get a diploma, whcich is what you get for teaching your horse things, you can enter in a new contest level. The four types of contests are dressage trial, steelchase, cross-country, and eventing. In the dressage trial, you preform tricks. In the steelchase, you go over a bunch of jumps. The cross-country is like the steelchase, but it has a path, and the eventing is all three. You can also go for rides in the forest, and you can unlock new parts of the forest. You have to clean your horse and muck out the stall. You can visit your horse in the pasture, too. In the gear shop, you can buy clothes, saddles, brushes, shampoo, treats, and food. Also, there is an awsome grand prize. If you complete the natonal contests and start a new game, you can get a unicorn! If you want a horse game, you should buy this one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adult's review. January 5, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I love horses and video games and as such I play a lot of games with horse aspects. This is probably the 6th or 7th game I've played and while it isn't the best, it certainly is entertaining. Like most games made for kids, it is quite redundant (however not as much so as some of the horse games out there). The graphics are nice, the music isn't annoying. The selections are quite limited, though. Few horses, colors, clothes and tack to choose from. I really enjoy the way that the touch screen is used. It gives you a pattern to follow on the screen and if you complete it correctly your horse preforms the move.

Like other games you can brush & shampoo the horse and muck out stalls, pet your horse, train him, ride out in the cross country trail and compete with him. Unfortunately, this is all. Of course, having said that the only horse game I have found that isn't this way is Let's Ride: The Rosemond Hill Collection (that game has many more options).

If you can swallow the fact that the creators called the piaffe a half pass, get around the fact that the horse is preforming FEI level dressage moves while not on the bit, and that the jumps are completely irregular, this game is worth a try.

While I wouldn't pay $30 for it again, I'd recommend it for half that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Horse Lovers January 28, 2010
A Kid's Review
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was not so sure if I would like this games at first, but now I love it.You can take care of your horses and train them and finally compete with them.When you get the game there is a mystery horse that you can unlock if you play enough ,but I will not say.The only bad thing about the mystery horse is that you can not name it.Anyway this is an awesome game.The details are amazing.Sometimes the reading can be hard for younger kids(i only know beacuse my cousin wanted to play and i had to help her read yhe entire time)and that is NOT fun.I would recomend this game for younger children because of the reading.I have had this game for over 1 year and I have not finished it yet or get tired of it yet.This is the perfect game for horse lovers!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A review from an experienced horseback rider! July 19, 2008
A Kid's Review
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This was one of the first games that I got for my Nintendo Ds, and I have to say that from riding for four years(hunter/jumper), this game was not challenging enough for me. I think that even for someone with no experience with horses, this would be an okay game to get but for a real horseperson, not really.
In the beginning you start out by choosing from three breeds, but I didn't think those were enough-I would be satisfied with a little more variety. Also, you immediatly get a gelding-I mean, it's a foal, it has to start out as a stallion or otherwise a mare. Then the screen goes to "2 YEARS LATER". I wish that you get to train your foal; that would be loads of fun.
The eventing (dressage, steeplechase, and cross-country) events are not realistic and eventing is usually takes three days. By the way, the guy who helps you "train", sets a bad example for training-he is way too critical and the animator made him look like Mr.Clean.
Although this game was not what I expected, I enjoyed buying from the gear shop and choosing my outfits!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic, but interesting March 28, 2008
A Kid's Review
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is very unrealistic, but it is interesting. The gameplay is decent in the lessons and challenges, but it does not present a proper view of real horse training... or horse life. You begin the game with the choice of 3 breeds, and then name your horse. The game ignores what could have been fun, playing with your foal and raising it... halter breaking, etc, but instead flashes to '2 years later'.

You then proceed to learning 'dressage', 'steeplechase' and 'eventing'. None of these is really accurate, but whatever. In dressage you learn the basics of moving the horse. The controls are not intuitive and you may need to repeat the lessons a few times. What's annoying is the fact that the lesson has to be repeated over and over if you make the slightest mistake. "Steeplechase" doesn't remotely resemble actual steeplechasing... it's more like showjumping, seeing as time doesn't matter, you don't jump hedges and you're alone. Eventing combines the two previous events with a woodsy jumping course in addition, rather like real eventing. (Yay.)

It should be noted that your rival looks like the chick from Transformers and she doesn't really do anything if you lose to her or beat her besides complain that you've cheated or say that she naturally would beat you. You never see her horse or her compete, so it's more of a waste of time.

Besides lessons and competitions, you also have to trail ride, groom, and feed your horse in the morning. You also can visit him in the pasture (it's always a gelding) where you whistle to him and then feed him apples. You could feed him 100 apples. He's the magical non-colicing horse.

The fact that you're jumping 4" and doing high dressage with a 2 year old horse is a little disturbing to a horseperson as well. But it is a game.
The menus are annoying, as well. But it's something vaguely horsey to play while you're waiting for the train.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Love it! Was exactly as advertised. Is getting harder to find a working copy but now that I have one I'm looking forward to hours of horseplay!
Published 6 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Life
This is a great game very fun to play. We ordered the game and it arrived quickly and in great condition.
Published 9 months ago by P. Blakely
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful game and graphics. The best Nintendo DS horse game Iv'e ever...
I am 14 years old, and I have been playing Horse Life for 4 years. I bought Horse Life Adventures (Horse life 2)before this game, which is known as the original Horse Life made by... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Palimino
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun
I love this game a lot. What I love the most about it, is that you can spend time with your horse and also you can ride your horse,groom,wash,and pick/clean your horses hooves. Read more
Published on December 25, 2012 by Gutefrau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game.
I got this game roughly 5 years ago, when I was around 11. I've always been a horse-lover, but have always had trouble finding fun horse-related games. Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
My mom got this ds game for me. I loved it.

You can groom your horse in the stable. You can curry, shampoo, or muck the stalls. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by jojoba120
5.0 out of 5 stars This is BY FAR the BEST horse game for DS, hands down!
At the start, you choose a breed, like in every other game. You teach the horse, and yourself, and as you get better, you advance. Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice real horse
Kids love. Graphics is real (nice 3D graphics).
My Kids have fun
Thank you
Published on February 3, 2009 by O. Agne
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game.
I got this game for my birthday and started to play it right then and there. It's so easy and it's real not fake. If you love horses like I do you will be in love with game. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicted On the First Try
I am thirteen years old. I was first introduced to this game on my way to California. It was a long drive and my friend was with me. Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by Cheryl Karsten
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