About this project
As of Feb 25 we past our goal! Thank You to Everyone for making this possible. We have only a few more hours to go!
A 3D Game Too?
Curious what the future of Horse World Online is after the 2D Browser Game is launched? We'll be making it into a 3D game too! Check out this very early test video. Remember: This will come after the 2D game is launched.
This a gameplay video direct from the game to show how much is already finished!
*Rewards Update*: As a thank you every backer will receive a Premium Account upgrade for 6 months. Even if all you pledge is a single dollar! Also, we'll match your pledge amount for equal value of Pony Tokens which can be used to purchase special in-game items!
Horse World Online is a browser-based game where players create their own horse breeding stable and work with other players to create new horse breeds, improve popular breeds or compete for top honors in over 20 different types of competition.
Why a browser based game?
Modern internet browsers support advanced technologies which allow cross platform games without the use of third party add-ons. Horse World Online works on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices as well as you Mac or PC computer.
These are screen shots from the Alpha version of the game in development. We have a functioning private Alpha version online right now! The screenshots below are not mock-ups, they are real working pages running in the browser.
Every horse is made up of hundreds of different genes which determine everything from the shape of their body, mane and tail appearance, their coat colour/pattern and their athletic ability. It is virtually impossible for two horses to be 100% identical, even from the same parents.
Dynamic Coat Patterns
White patterns are not pre-drawn but are instead generated uniquely for each horse based on pattern traits inherited from their parents. Common patterns such as Tobiano, Frame, Splash, Sabino, Dominant White and the Leopard Complex can be combined together for virtually limitless pattern possibilities. You horse will be uniquely yours!
Over 300 Breeds Available or Create Your Own
Our unique breed creating system allows you to create new breeds following the history of over 300 modern and extinct horse breeds, or you can create your own custom breeds and control the breed registry.
Adopt a baby horse from the Adoption Center
Wearable Saddles, Bridles and More
Further customize your horses with unique saddles, bridles, blankets, or fun pieces like ribbons, bows, unicorn horns or quarter marks. Have some artistic skills? Then you can create your own artwork for almost any apparel type and sell the items to other players! Create your own horse clothing line!
Stable Building and Expanding
You’ll start out with a small property consisting of a single pasture just big enough for a couple of horses to live happily, but it won’t take you very long to expand your stable into a majestic enterprise with barns, pastures and arenas! With a little artistic ability you can draw up your own buildings, pastures, decorations, etc. and sell the virtual blueprints to other players!
Player Skills and Abilities
Begin your adventure by studying skills to expand your list of abilities. Learn to become a vet, blacksmith, master trainer, champion rider, knowledgeable breeder or talented craftsperson. Each skill brings new bonuses or abilities. How will you choose to play?
Crafting and Creating
Once you learn the player skills you can craft your own saddles, bridles, blankets or other horse apparel. Collect the right ingredients on the blueprint and you might just craft a superior item which could give your horse a bonus in competitions! Buy blueprints from other players to create new and unique items.
Horse Training and Competitions
Teach your horse new skills or build their athletic condition then compete against other players. When your horse wins you could earn a Champion title, reach the top of the Top Horse lists or even find yourself a contender for the Horse of the Year award! There are over 20 different events you can compete in including popular choices like Dressage, Show Jumping, Reining, Barrel Racing, Racing, Steeplechasing and more!
Work Together or Work Alone
You can work together with other players to improve breeds by breeding or selling your horses to others, or work by yourself to create your idea of the perfect horse. Horse World Online is an open ended game supporting both playing preferences.
Upgraded Server – we need to upgrade from a Virtual Private Server (where multiple websites share a single machine) to a server that will allow us to support hundreds of concurrent players without interruptions.
Paying artists and outside help – this game is a passion for me but outside help need to be compensated for their talents. Having artists available to draw various assets allows me to focus on the programming and design of the game, as well as fine tuning all the little details which can be time consuming.
Company and operation costs – WinCircle Games will need to be established as a full game company before I can begin to sell through any platform, plus licensing, living costs and bills.
Larissa Rintjema @horseworldgame
Designer, Programmer, Artist, Horse Lover
I am a web developer and graphic designer by trade. I started creating various sim horse games in 1997 when my computer was first connected to the internet. Horse World Online has been a project I’ve been working on since the original version of the game was launched in 2004. Through incredible support from family and friends over the last 6 months I am finally seeing my visions of a realistic and fun horse breeding simulation come to life!
Risks and challenges
Building a game as complex as Horse World Online is not a simple project. There is a lot of planning, and thinking, drafting and drawing that goes into this. I quietly launched the original version of this game in 2004. Since that time I have tinkered and tweaked, planned and programmed. I have already written most of the programming involved in this game and what I haven't already programmed, I've written out in detail. The most difficult part has been creating the dynamic horse generator. This is the core of the game which takes an image of the horses coat and morphs the image to fit the horses genetics. It is important to me that this would be fast to run and work in all modern browsers and smart phones. I have accomplished this already. That being said there will probably be some unforeseen setback. Life never goes exactly as we plan, but I have the skills I believe are necessary and I am surrounded by incredibly intelligent and talented people who are willing to help overcome any obstacles I may encounter, and I have the support of my family and friends to see this project come to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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