Version Reviewed: 2.3.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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On the surface, Horse Haven World Adventures seems like a fairly typical town builder, but its focus on raising horses and managing a ‘dream’ horse farm ensures that it feels a little different from the rest. It also has the benefit of throwing in a simple endless runner game, too.
Starting out, there’s a plentiful supply of tutorials to ease you in. That’s particularly convenient given that Horse Haven World Adventures has a fair amount to it. Besides placing buildings down and gleaning crops from fields, you also need to keep your horses happy. This involves completing various tasks, such as feeding them and grooming them. In each case, you drag your finger over the creature in order to complete whatever task is required of you. It’s simply done, although grooming them is a little awkward, easily boosting their happiness and energy levels.
Where things get a bit more interactive is through completing Steeplechases with them. This is where Horse Haven World Adventures turns into an endless runner, requiring you to collect coins and leap over hurdles, at the tap of the screen. It’s simple stuff, but at least it’s more involving than just sending them away.
You can also breed your horses, creating stronger and better offspring. It almost feels like the Chocobo breeding of Final Fantasy VII, although more simplistic than that.
For what could have been a very basic and predictable title, Horse Haven World Adventures offers more than expected and it kind of works. It’s still heavy on timers and wanting you to pay up for premium currency, and it will eventually feel a touch samey. However, horse lovers will appreciate the change of scenery and it’s easily one of the better examples of an oversaturated genre.