I'm looking for feedback from horse enthusiasts and parents for a kids game I prototyped for mobiles.
I was in pony club as a kid, and loved cross country and show jumping, but hated dressage. I'm a student making games, for this game I wanted to blend obstacles with exploration and humor, so you can ride as a pig, sheep, donkey, or horses through the courses. I still need to get sound effects for each animal type, I only got some for the pig/horse/sheep at the moment.
What I'm wondering are about further mini game ideas. Current levels are:
I was thinking of adding:
--capture the flags
--clay pigeon shooting station
I was considering along the "cross country" course having stations where you could launch mini games.
In the taming level you wander around a paddock and can tame animals, then return them to the stable.
In the Stable level you can load the different animals in the stable, which currently just run a random wandering script to trigger different movement/animations. I was thinking of adding informational windows about the animal being viewed, since it's for kids, I could make it educational...
The cross country courses are just big fields with some jumps placed out. I need to add more wildlife, trees, plants, etc this is just a prototype I made in 20 hours.
You can jump straight to the riding level here, played on a kindle fire tablet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCjpu...ailpage#t=199s
Or watch it from the beginning to see each of the 4 levels.
The sounds are a bit off, the gallop/trot are too loud relative to the other sounds. Sorry.
I was also going to split the content up by having some parts of the "cross country" field accessible only by large animals that can jump over the fence/obstacle blocking off sections, while other areas can only be accessed by smaller animals that can fit through a small tunnel or similar.
What kind of motivations keep you playing horse games in general? Do you prefer realistic simulator type games (wash the horse, changing leads, etc) or do you think a goofy riding/jumping game could be fun for mobile phones/tablets?
Any input/feedback? Thanks :)