Steam users have mixed feelings about Riding Club Championship, the free-to-play equestrian game that recently launched on Steam. Artplant’s title is receiving praise for being a fun take on the horse sport, but it’s also receiving plenty of criticisms for its microtransactions, especially for a game that’s aimed at kids.
The game focuses on trying to stay true to real life equestrian rules and regulations. Players are encouraged to play friendly competitive games against other players in online competitions, where show jumping, jumping agility and various course traversal all come into play.
It’s possible to edit and create your own courses that can be shared with friends and rivals alike, along with virtual horse grooming and upgrading your horse with RPG-style mechanics.
While some users praise the game for these features, the fact that every in-game action takes energy and that energy meter takes hours to recharge (unless you pay to lower the energy rating), has a lot of gamers calling foul.
Night man Cometh stated…
“One of the worst examples of “freemium gaming” geared directly at children i’ve ever seen. Please do not allow your kids to play this on an account with a credit card saved to it. They will spend alot of money.
“As for adults who want to play for some reason – 90+fps on a gtx 1070 highest settings. horse controls like a tank in an early 2000’s shooter. Visuals are exspected for a game geared towards children.”
Athravan mentioned the same thing, writing…
“This game is genuinely fun for me – I have an equestrian background and I find it very relaxing to play, and fairly realistic to the mechanics of both horse movement, and of course building and jumps in real life. However, it’s a free to play game that’s heavily gated by premium purchases – to the point where you get less than 10 minutes of free play for an hour of sitting around waiting for your action points to regenerate. At $10 a month you can increase this a lot – but it’s still not unlimited. If this game was $10-20 to buy and unlock, with perhaps a few premium purchases for the ranked matches and tournaments (with prizes to make it worth it), then I would pay for it.”
One user gave the game a thumbs up but still complained about the energy consumption and the microtransactions. You can get a look at the gameplay courtesy of a video from Massaru Games.
Fans of Riding Club Championship when it was on Facebook also chimed in to warn gamers away if waiting and grinding or grinding and paying isn’t your ideal depiction of equestrian fun, with Eurynome writing…
“I played the facebook version of this, and it’s basically just a direct port. If you want to get anywhere on the game, either you play it several times a day and grind for diamonds, or you buy diamonds. Honestly, I’m already bored of it.”
As mentioned, the average rating for the game is currently mixed. There are people willing to look past the microtransactions to enjoy the game, while others begrudge the fact that they can’t just pay for it once to own it. If you want to check out Riding Club Championship for yourself, be sure to visit the Steam store page.