Steam. It's a pretty large part of our lives, whether it's used for clearing the air or telling you your tea is done. There's one more use, a digital use, that you might come in handy.
Steam is a platform for buying and playing PC games. It has most of the newest AAA titles and many that are incredibly niche. Today, I took a look around and found a few cute games about horses that you may want to buy for your kids! Christmas is just around the corner, after all, and Steam makes it terribly easy to gift games!
Published in March 2014, Life with Horses is a casual horse simulator, meaning that the point of the game is your daily life with horses. I'm going to include some of the official summaries of each game, so you know what you're getting into.
"The Riding Stables at Mill Creek are mere ruins, but you are about to change that: stables, riding hall, and guesthouse are being renovated and guests will happily pay for their stay. Your earnings will help you to build a new breeding stable and soon cute little foals frolic on the pasture with their moms. Later you will train them and sell them to trustworthy customers. Other horse owners bring their horses to be massaged by your knowing hands.
You also have your own horse, of course, which, if the two of you trained enough, you take to various cross country races. Let’s win the Cup and make your dream come true!"
It features horse races, breeding, training and more!
"Enjoy all the fantastic aspects of the multi-awarded Wildlife Park 2 with a focus on horses and action adventure gameplay. Based on the game Wildlife Park 2, Horses focuses on friends and fans of horses and their keeping. Besides the farm management, the player also participates in stunning action adventures where special quests are waiting to be solved on the back of your horses!"
If you want to design a park for horses, this is the game for you!
For a fantasy spin, try this game!
"In this game, you manage a horse-breeding farm set in a fantasy surrounding. The game enables you to breed legendary horses such as Pegasus, Unicorn, Fire-steed, Ice-steed, and Demon-steed. You can buy over 700 objects during the game. Make all kinds of horseshoes as well as lots of magical potions for your horses. If they are exhausted or ill, you are able to cure and look after them. Your horses and colts need lots of care and that’s the way they recover their strengths. You can train your horses on four different fields in five levels of difficulty. You can even breed them in order to have more talented horses. Different horse races help you to gather 25 kinds of cups and you can send your horses to complete 30 exciting missions."
Quite possibly my favourite of the bunch; the gameplay is so smooth and beautiful!
"Riding Out is a new RPG (role play game) in a world in which everything revolves around horses!
Explore the beautiful open world on the back of your horse, together with your friends. Experience exciting quests, build your own stable and create your own jumping courses, dressage competitions, and racetracks."
Take a look through what I've linked and see what you'd like to try, or what you might toss in your online cart for your kids!
Photo by Claudio Gennari on Flickr.