Pony Friends Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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Snackbar-Games.com (Aug 06, 2007)
Nintendogs. Dogz. Catz. Even Hamsterz. (What's with the zees? Are zees cooler than esses?) After Nintendo released Nintendogs for the DS everybody else jumped on the boat and released their own pet sim for the DS. Unfortunately they missed a few animals. One of those unrepresented animals is the pony. Thankfully, Eidos has stepped up to the plate and given us Pony Friends, a pet simulator that actually does more than the game from which it draws inspiration. Pony Friends isn't for the hardcore gamer. It won't sit proudly on your shelf between Disgaea and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but it succeeds in creating a virtual environment for pony enthusiasts. Those that love horses and have a DS are going to have a good time with Pony Friends - especially if they enjoy the Nintendogs gameplay model.
Digital Entertainment News (den) (Sep 12, 2007)
If you have a little girl (or perhaps a somewhat effeminate little boy) that loves ponies, you really can’t go wrong with Pony Friends. While it’s not quite as polished and ambitious as Nintendogs was, it’s still surprisingly good, and head and shoulders above most other virtual pet games.
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network (Jun 24, 2007)
Pony Friends is cute, simple, and has more substance than one would normally expect from a “pet simulator”. Though it rips off Nintendogs, it does so competently and adds new ideas and gameplay concepts the mix. Overall, gamers with young daughters (or anyone with a thing for ponies) could do worse than to pick this up.
videogamer.com (May 21, 2007)
If you're don't shiver with excitement at the mere thought of a lovely pretty little pony, forget about this, but if you have a daughter who is overwhelmed by the desire to put pink things on mammals, then this is an excellent little package that has plenty more to offer than two halves of a coconut, and comes in at far less than the cost of a saddle.
IGN (Sep 05, 2007)
And that's really the feeling of Pony Friends, overall. If you want to. You have the freedom to make your own choices, your own decisions. You're not locked in to a set, standard selection of horses or a restrictive adventure narrative. You simply get to own a horse, care for a horse, and ride a horse. It's exactly what a horse-focused virtual pet experience should be about, and members of this title's target demographic would be well served to select this game over any other horses in the race.
Game Chronicles (Jul 07, 2007)
Pony Friends may not have been for me, but for a virtual pony game, it’s pretty decent. In fact, some of the aspects of the game that were frustrating to me also make the game more suitable for younger players: the challenge of earning enough money to care for your pet can teach kids responsibility and the value of prioritizing and planning their spending, and the factors that limit daily game time (like your pony’s stamina) can help build good habits of taking breaks between bouts of gaming. And, of course, it’s cheaper than keeping a real live pony.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 03, 2007)
Obviously the game is targeted with a marketing sniper's precision to appeal to a certain type of young girl, but it's well crafted enough to interest a wider, inquisitive audience. However, if you're yet to hit puberty and you'd trade your older brother for a pony in an instant, then you can probably add a gazillion trillion to the score below. Then, when you next play skipping rope in the playground, you can chant in a sing-sing voice: 'A gazillion trillion out of ten, this is better than Halo then.'