My Horse Prince
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.1.1
- Compatibility: 4.0 and up
- Author: USAYA Co., Ltd.
- Content rating: Teen
- Package name: jp.usaya.prince.en
My Horse Prince reviews
My Horse Prince is a unique dating game that has an interesting premise: you fall in love with a human-faced horse. Does it sound bizarre? Yes, I think that’d be the right word, but what I also think is that this game is a lot of fun.
Just look how subtle this game is. The protagonist, a young, overworked city girl, is named Umako, which is translated to English as a Horse-girl. Obviously, the Horse-girl is heading to the ranch seeking some downtime, and that’s where she finds her love. Are you ready to find out what happens next?
Actually, nothing can possibly prepare you for the absurdity of My Horse Prince. So, we’ll start right away. For some of you, guys, My Horse Prince might become one of the most memorable games of the year.
My Horse Prince looks like a visual novel. When you reach a certain target, you get a cute still frame of beautiful artwork. These frames depict our heroine and her lovely horse, named Yuuma, in the various stages of their relationships.
You will see how Yuuma stomps his way over to Umako in a cloud of dust, falling forward to create the first romantic moment: Umako, her back to the wall, with her horse prince Yuuma’s hoof pressed against the wall behind her head. Yes, it looks as awkward as it sounds.
Although the artwork seems utterly sincere, the game pokes fun at itself in the script. So, the creators are embracing the meme, and that’s the whole point. While undeniably bizarre, the game has a unique appeal through its polished character art that captures the essence of Japanese anime.
Having had no luck dating in the city, Umako’s search for the perfect boyfriend has taken her to a ranch. And that’s where the miracle happens. The first horse she meets has the face of a handsome man, he can speak, and the young girl finds herself involuntarily attracted to him.
Umako soon finds herself appointed as the owner of her horse-crush and in charge of training him to the race. The majority of the game involves tapping on objects like carrots to feed Yuuma and treadmills to train him, which will fill a meter at the top of the screen.
Your horse boyfriend will follow your instructions, building his affection for you one item at a time. Yuuma has a limited energy to do these actions, but they can be replenished by short conversations where he asks you a question, and your reply determines how much energy he gets back. An answer he loves will give a positive effect while an answer he hates will detract energy. You can also manage to improve his stamina by watching advertisements if you are not fond of answering the horse’s questions.
Once the affection bar is filled, your relationships will go to another level, and you will enter the next chapter with the new event and new tapping challenges.
Each chapter has its own premise set up by joke-filled dialogues between Umako, Yuuma, and some variation of the owner Ojisan, with a couple of surprising other characters further in the game. In the first stage, you have to tap the carrots that appear around Yuuma’s pen. He eats them with zest, and it’s really funny watching his human head devour these tiny carrots.
The goal of each episode is to collect such items and build your bond meter. Every time you collect something, you get 5 to 20 points depending on Yuuma’s energy. The question-answer sequences will give you 15%, 25% and 30% for Bad, Good and Excellent answers respectively.
Your character the same as you is in a constant state of shock and confusion over the whole game, but she continues to go along with it. And then, she eventually has an apron-wearing horse cooking her breakfast one morning. So, she is not too perturbed.
My Horse Prince is more clicker than dating simulation game since your chats with Yuuma each chapter repeat, and you can learn his favorite response to reuse it again and again. But there is also a strange draw to seeing how this weird scenario ends, and whether that horse will ever actually go in for a kiss after all that wall-leaning and head-tilting.
Control-wise the game is repetitive and simple. All you have to do is click on the random items and the answers in the dialog in each episode loop to fill the bond meter.
Replay Value 4/5
In spite of obvious problems with the outcome, you might find yourself rooting for Umako and Yuuma. So you will just have to settle for the push and pull of this episodic romance with no escape hatch.
The game loses replay value relatively quickly because of its repetitiveness, but few titles on the market could possibly be so simultaneously hilarious and cringe-inducing.
My Horse Prince is free to download but has some in-app purchases like a $1 option to remove all ads, in particular, the banners at the bottom of the screen and the ads that show during story intermissions, and a $2 to permanently double points you earn.
If you have the right sense of humor for My Prince Horse, then it’s a must-play. If you are a fan of Japanese visual novels and are open to see the well-made mocking of the genre, you also need to try this game. Although the gameplay is almost entirely empty, and the story goes nowhere, the game’s shenanigans are worth your time.
My Horse Prince provides an intriguing and shocking take on the typical dating sim. Besides, it’s a casual must play for horse lovers.
My Horse Prince is a fun game that is perfect for anybody who wants to release some stress and just laugh it out.
Pros : Absurd humor;
Cons : Popup ads;
Replay Value 4.0