|My yearly birthday ride celebrated with my brother and friend.|
|Such a bad game|
It started with the 1999 game "Let's Ride!" which promised to let you choose from 12 horse breeds to groom and take care of, as well as competing in show jumping, cross country and dressage. I don't remember much from this game other than being clueless on if I was actually grooming the horse or not, kicking ass at show jumping and being pissed at the dressage portion because I didn't know what they meant by half halts. I don't think I ever got to compete on cross country, but I do remember fun little things I learned here and there in the game.
|I wish I had that much cash on hand, Mike.|
The second game was probably the 1998 Daily Racing Form's Horse Racing Game. I loved this game. I got to buy horses, sell, breed and race. There were different tracks with low starting purses and where you could move up as your horse did better. You could be the jockey. You could bet. And they even had hidden cheat codes. The graphics weren't high quality or anything, but I had a blast pretending to be a race horse champion at all the things.
|My homeboy, Barney, with a radish on his ass.|
|I think I need to play this again.|
Of course, the horse game play was interspersed with Oregon Trail 2, Professional Bull Rider 2 and Extreme Rodeo. And The Sims. When it is just you and your brother all summer long while your dad is away at work, these games did just the trick. And now that it is fricken freezing outside and I am all diseased and stuff, I am half interested to find these games again and see how well I can do now. I wonder what "cowgirl" Alyssa back in the day would think of me now. Would I be horrified by all the breeches or english saddles, or would little me look up to me and think I am cool for riding an ex-racehorse over jumps? Did you play any horse games back in the day? What was your favorite?