So, not strictly a post about Howrse however... The makers of the game have just launched a new mobile app game called Horse Adventure - Tale of Etria.
It's available to download for free on both IOS and Android, and like Howrse you can play the whole thing for free or you can speed up your progress through the game with in-app purchases.
You and your horse will go on an adventure through the magical world of Etria. The Millennial Horses have disappeared and the Ancients need your help to bring them back and restore magic to their lands.
The game involves you riding your horse and moving through various landscapes to discover items and help solve the mystery. You will meet several characters along the way and complete tasks and challenges in order to progress. There are 4 maps to explore with different landscapes to ride through in each.
You can train and care for your horses as you go - just like Howrse, however it's more interactive as both your avatar and horses are moving. I think fans of RPGs will really like this game as it's a more immersive experience than Howrse.
I was lucky enough to be invited to test the game when they were developing it last year - and would highly recommend downloading it to any Howrse fans. If you want to share your progress or ask questions about the game then feel free to comment below.
Keep an eye on your inbox today - Howrse have sent round the link to their annual survey for 2016.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks for your opinions on the game over the past year. It has questions about contests, particularly around what you liked and didn't like, as well as your thoughts on new features and how the game works across different platforms such as your smartphone. They're also after what you think the game should look like in the future. So if you're keen to share your thoughts - this is the perfect opportunity to get your feedback to the Howrse team.
It also includes a series of questions on pass purchases and the paid subscription accounts - Pegasus and VIP. I know that a lot of you have some very strong opinions about these features, so make sure your voice is heard.
Very interestingly they also asked about players who blog / have social media accounts regarding the game, (including asking for links). So hello game team if you're reading this!
And it's time for another snowball fight on Howrse! One of the easier and shorter events, the snowball fight is simple to take part in - and the good news is it won't cost you any passes either.
From now until Monday 16th January the regular UFOs have been replaced by snowballs containing gifts. Catch one and it will give you two prizes. One is for you, and one is to gift to your friends by throwing it at them inside a snowball.
To throw a snowball, simply go to the snowball fight page, pick a gift and select a friend to throw it to.
There are some really good prizes available for the players that throw the most snowballs:
General consensus is that UFO's appear on your game once every three hours. So if you want to win the big prizes, be prepared to spend some serious time on the game over the next week. If anyone has any other advice or tips on how they find UFOs then feel free to post below.
Well, here we go - another competition from Howrse. To celebrate the Chinese New Year (it's the year of the Horse), Owlient have given us a suitably themed game to keep us amused until mid-February.
Following on from many recent competitions, this puzzle requires you to collect pieces for a number of Chinese-themed jigsaws. There are 12 puzzles in total with the number of pieces needed, increasing as you go along. Each jigsaw you finish gives you various gifts. If you complete all of the jigsaws you get to win a fabulous Qilin which is a new Divine Unicorn.
Puzzle 1 (Goat) needs 2 pieces
Puzzle 2 (Monkey) needs 4 pieces
Puzzle 3 (Rooster) needs 4 pieces
Puzzle 4 (Dog) needs 9 pieces
Puzzle 5 (Pig) needs 9 pieces
Puzzle 6 (Rat) needs 12 pieces
Puzzle 7 (Ox) needs 12 pieces
Puzzle 8 (Tiger) needs 15 pieces
Puzzle 9 (Rabbit) needs 15 pieces
Puzzle 10 (Dragon) needs 24 pieces
Puzzle 11 (Snake) needs 24 pieces
Puzzle 12 (Horse) needs 35 pieces
TOTAL NEEDED IS 165 PIECES
A welcome change from recent contests is that this competition doesn't require us all to wake up in the middle of the night to complete tasks! Everything you need to do to win jigsaw pieces occurs just once a day (mainly). Once you've completed them, you can sit back and relax until the following day.
Collecting jigsaw pieces means you need to do the following:
Log on to Howrse (1 piece a day - usually)
Groom a horse (1 piece a day)
Win a competition (1 piece a day)
Remove a horn form a Unicorn (1 piece a day)
Clicking on a puzzle UFO (1 piece a day - as far as we know!)
Watching a video (1 piece a day - as far as we know!)
Open a HOP (Unlimited pieces per day)
Now we have done little bit of maths for you. How possible is it to actually win a Qilin? Well, if you really, really want one and have a fair bit of money to spend, then you could buy heaps of HOP's but that would cost you a lot of cash.
So, if you don't buy HOPS and you don't have Unicorns horns to remove (or don't want to) , can you still actually win that elusive Qilin?
In short - no. Assuming Howrse don't change things during the course of the puzzle competition and based on what we know, we think you will only be able as far as the Dragon Puzzle (puzzle 10).
If you DO remove a Unicorn horn each day, then you will get as far as the Snake Puzzle (puzzle 11).
So, if you do all the daily tasks (grooming, watching a video etc) AND remove a Uni horn each day, then you will still need over 30 HOP's to win that Qilin. Boo!
Of course, it's likely that Howrse will offer bonus jigsaw pieces in HOP's later in the competition so this will make things a little bit easier. However, whichever way you look at it, winning a Divine Unicorn is not going to be easy ... or cheap.
But it's not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of BM items to win along the way as well as ageing points and equus. And, you can even win Horseshoe Studs which are usually only available with a VIP account. Now that is pretty cool.
So, even if a Qilin is out of your reach, you can still relax and enjoy picking up plenty of goodies to keep you happily Howrse-ing!
Owlient have been testing an addition to the standard Howrse game, amongst some selected players. This new 'VIP Account' is intended aimed at players who have either been playing on Howrse for a long time and/or bought a lot of passes.
The VIP Account is, effectively, an extension of the Pegasus Account. It's designed as a new alternative to the existing version of the game. But it's not cheap.
Here are some of the things you get:
Create 'official' breeding teams with up to 20 players
Allow players to make coverings of each other's horses
Buy horses automatically
Buy several horses with a single click
An increased probability of breeding a Unicorn
The ability to BLUP horses before they are 10 years old
Preselect the quantity of food to be given to your horses
Greater customisation of your Profile page
All the existing perks from the Pegasus Account
Testing of this new facility took place in early October and in mid October, testers where sent a survey to complete, with their feedback on the VIP Account.
So, how much does this 'in-depth' addition to Howrse cost? Well it's priced at a pretty hefty 10 passes per month. That's a considerable investment and effectively increases the sense that playing the game this way is really just a subscription service.
In recent years, Owlient have greatly simplified and changed the playing experience of Howrse. Three to five years ago, the game was much more about the subtle complexities of breeding horses.
Now it is a continuous cycle of competitions, challenges and games where players can win shiny prizes, including an ever-expanding range of 'special', wild or divine horses. The subtle parts of the game, have been hugely simplified in order to keep players focused on the 'fun' part - winning things, as opposed to the game-playing part of breeding horses and developing equestrian centres.
This is fine for those players who want instant results and rewards for, well, anything at all! Then there are those players who enjoy the complex and subtle world of BLUP, skilling, training and managing EC finances. And so Owlient have spotted an opportunity - give these players something to get their teeth into .... at a price.
So the choice is yours. If you prefer an 'arcade' style game - pretty, shiny and instant, stick with the existing, free version of the game. However, if you crave a little more depth and challenge to your Howrse experience, then choose the VIP Account. And start saving for your 120 passes a year.