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Pony Ranch (Windows)

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Description

Pony Ranch is a managerial simulation where the players constructs and manages a pony ranch. As in most tycoon games the player starts in front of an empty space and constructs his ranch by building compounds, stables, shops and so on. He has also "terraforming" tools to his disposal to create plane levels or hills.

The main idea is to create an independent economic cycle which means the ranch produces its own food and gains money by selling its products and letting people visit the animals for an entrance fee. For the former there are ten animals like cows or chickens, for the latter eight horse breeds. Every animal has its own necessities which the player needs to fulfill.

This means even if the game is aimed at children it features relatively complex coherencies, e.g. to sell bread the player needs a corn field, employees to harvest the corn, silos to store it, a mill and a bakery to produce bread and a shop to sell it. Besides the free playing mode there are also ten missions where the player needs to fulfill goals in a limited time.

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Pony Ranch Windows The end of the first mission
Pony Ranch Windows One of the game configuration screens. Note that the game can be run in different resolutions and in either full screen or windowed mode.
Pony Ranch Windows This is the detailed information that's available on each animal
Pony Ranch Windows Playing through the first mission. By clicking on an animal the player gets to see their immediate needs in the lower right window. There are three tabs there to be looked at.

Alternate Titles

  • "Poney Ranch" -- French title

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The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 45 out of 100 45
Krawall Gaming Network Sep 26, 2006 18 out of 100 18

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Patrick Bregger (108781) added Pony Ranch (Windows) on Nov 30, 2009