My Horse Prince

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My Horse Prince
Developer(s)Usaya
Platform(s)iOS, Android
Release2016
Genre(s)Otome game

My Horse Prince (Japanese: Uma no Prince-Sama) is a 2016 Japanese Otome game for mobile devices.[1] It was developed by USAYA and was released in Japanese during November 2016 and in English the following month, both for iOS and Android.[2] The game's story follows a young woman that finds herself taking ownership of and reluctantly falling for a horse with a human face.[3]

Plot[edit]

The game's story centers upon a young businesswoman that has spent most of her life working and as such, has no significant other and low prospects to find one. She decides to leave her job and visit a racing horse ranch, with the assumption that it would be full of handsome young men. When she arrives she is dismayed to find it bereft of potential dating candidates and is shocked to discover a horse named Yuuma with an attractive human face. She questions the ranch owner about this and is told that Yuuma is a normal horse, she just sees a human face because some women born in the year of the horse have the ability to see horses as attractive men. Yuuma and the ranch owner persuade the woman to become the horse's owner against her own better judgement. As she spends more time with Yuuma preparing him for an upcoming race she's surprised and somewhat horrified to find herself falling for him.

Gameplay[edit]

My Horse Prince is composed of ten main chapters and three bonus chapters, during which they are directed to increase the horse's affection for the owner by tapping on icons specific to that chapter. Collecting these icons will, however, lower the horse's stamina, which can be increased by briefly talking to the horse. In these conversations players are given the choice of three answers, each of which will have a different impact on the amount of stamina the horse receives.[4] Selecting a "bad" answer will decrease the horse's stamina and players can undo the selection by opting to watch a video advertisement. At the beginning and end of each chapter players can view interactions between the game's characters.

Players have the option of spending money in the game by purchasing an option to remove advertisements from the game or by purchasing golden carrots, which will allow the player to temporarily collect icons without reducing stamina.[5]

Reception[edit]

My Horse Prince received media attention for its bizarre central premise of a woman dating a horse with a human face and for its player reaction on social media.[6][7][8] TouchArcade gave the game 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting that it had a "strong localization" while criticizing it for its empty gameplay.[9] Kotaku also wrote about the game, stating that "Despite the repetitive nature of the game, each weird situation our beleaguered protagonist gets herself into is oddly charming."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (2016-10-11). "Horse Dating Sim 'Uma no Prince-Sama' is Hilariously Weird". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  2. ^ Dennison, Kara. ""Uma no Prince-sama" Lets You Romance Bishonen-Headed Horses". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  3. ^ Cooper, Elise. "You won't be able to unsee this new bizarre dating simulator". Mashable. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  4. ^ Pugachevsky, Julia (2016-12-20). "I Played a Game Where I Dated a Horse and It's as Weird as It Sounds". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  5. ^ "My Horse Prince Lets You Romance A Horse That's Also A Man". Siliconera. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  6. ^ Hafford, Michael (December 19, 2016). ""My Horse Prince," A Decadent & Depraved Dating Sim About Horses". Refinery29. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  7. ^ Bond, John-Michael (2016-12-20). "Fall in love with a horse via My Horse Prince, a mobile dating game about horsemen". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  8. ^ Daro, Ishmael N. "This Game About Dating A Horse With A Human Face Is Weird AF And People Can't Deal". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  9. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (2016-12-13). "'My Horse Prince' Review - I Say Thee Neigh". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  10. ^ Jackson, Gita. "In This Dating Sim, Your Boyfriend Is A Horse". Kotaku. Retrieved 2016-12-22.