|System: Wii, PC, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: W! Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atari||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 5, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Also, In addition to going through jumping courses and playing mini-games, you can also take care of your horse. In the "My Horse and Me" mode, you can groom your horse, outfit it with all the latest gear that you've unlocked by winning and performing well in competitions, and even outfit yourself with some gear as well. This mode is probably the least rewarding of the game because there is not as much to do as one might hope. When it comes to taking care of virtual animals, I like a little bit of a tedious element just to lend some realism to the whole experience. It probably takes about two minutes to groom your horse, and you don't even have to feed it. I realize that this mode might not be the most appealing to some, and perhaps that is why they marginalized it, but I can't help feeling that young people who play this game might have enjoyed having to take care of their horse on a regular basis.
Graphically, this game is pretty good. Sure it is not high-resolution or anything, but it is decent to look at, and there are no glitches or bugs that I have seen, which is great in a budget title like this. Sound is not bad either with enthusiastic voice acting from the coach character and some pretty inoffensive music. I wish there were a little bit more of a focus on horse sound effects, but I can also understand that if implemented incorrectly this could have gotten a little agitating.
Overall, I enjoyed My Horse and Me. It is definitely aimed at the younger sect, as such can provide a fun and entertaining look at the world of horse riding. The controls are definitely hard to grasp at first, but if you can overcome those, then you'll have a great time playing this equestrian game. Have fun riding!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer